RIP Moose

Do you remember Moose, the therapy dog who earned an honorary doctorate from Virginia Tech? Here’s his story:

This dog has a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. Really.

A therapy dog named Moose is now officially Dr. Moose. Virginia Tech awarded the 8-year-old Labrador retriever with an honorary doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. That illustrious distinction was well-earned. Dr. Moose began his training in New York, where he specialized in guiding and serving those with autism.

In 2014, he joined Virginia Tech as a therapy dog and has been helping students deal with their anxieties and manage their mental health issues. He’s also been working hard to raise awareness by attending countless student events like orientations, football games, and club gatherings. Moose has been doing all of that while facing a significant health challenge of his own. Not long ago, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and continues to undergo treatment.

Despite his own health issues, he’s remained upbeat and extraordinarily calm. He never barks at work and only gets overly excited when he’s around food or toys.

Sadly, Moose succumbed to his cancer after nine months, crossing the Rainbow Bridge on December 2nd.

Our sympathy to the Virginia Tech community.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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