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December 21, 2010

The day the Wall Street Journal called on Sandy Barker for comment on dogs in the doctor’s office

The Dec. 21, 2010, edition of the Wall Street Journal looked at the growing trend of therapy dogs in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Sandra Barker, Ph.D., director of the School of Medicine’s Center for Human-Animal Interaction, shared from her experience in the field, which includes incorporating her own Lhasa apso, High Anxiety, in treating trauma survivors for nine years.

“When you have psychiatrists who say, ‘I want to leave my practice and come and work with you,’ you know it’s an area of great interest,” she told the Journal.

VCU’s School of Medicine offers a course in human-animal interaction for fourth-year medical students and another for psychiatry residents.

Read the Wall Street Journal article, The Doctor’s Dog Will See You Now.