PW Luncheon Feb. 7

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Dogs on Call at VCU Medical Center: An Evidence-Based Therapy Dog Program

Speaker: Dr. Sandra Barker, Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at VCU
Tuesday, February 7 • Lunch: 12:00 noon • Program: 12:30-1:15 • register here

Come join us and learn about the Dogs On Call Therapy Dog Program which enhances the well being of patients, staff, and students through canine-assisted interventions.  Dr. Barker will bring some of her dedicated team to share their involvement with the Dogs on Call Program. FPC's own Kim Wright will share with us as a volunteer of the program!

Reservations may be made by signing up on the bulletin board in the church hall or online by 12:15 Sunday, February 5.

Dr. Sandra Barker is Professor of Psychiatry and Bill Balaban Chair in Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University where she serves as Director of the School of Medicine Center for Human-Animal Interaction, and Affiliate Scientist in the Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research. She has vast teaching and clinical experience in treating trauma survivors and providing animal-assisted therapy and pet loss counseling. She is internationally recognized for her research on the health benefits of interacting with companion animals, a research program that spans over 20 years.  Dr. Barker also holds a joint appointment as Adjunct Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she established a pet loss support hotline and currently serves on their Advisory Board for the Center for Animal-Human Relationships.