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The Dog Doctors Youth Outreach Program

Meet the Dog Doctors

Meet Drs. Max, Jack, and Heather...

No, no, not the people, the dogs!!! These three puppies are the graduates of a special "program" at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Dog Doctors actually began life as part of a research program and quickly showed that they could contribute much more. Instead of growing up in a lab, the puppies lived in foster homes as part of real families.

The Dog Doctors have gone to nursing homes and elementary schools as part of the Pet Visitation Program of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine and have all completed Obedience Training.

Their natural intelligence and loving, outgoing personalities have endeared them to numerous groups of children, many who have never been exposed to animals before. Because of the Dog Doctors, children from all walks of life have learned to love animals and to consider careers in Veterinary Medicine.

Max, Jack, and Heather grew into adults that weighed in at about 100 lb. These gentle giants are Bernese Mountain Dogs, a relatively rare breed of dog that traces its origin to the mountains of Switzerland.

« What We Do

The Dog Doctors make stops at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Georgia. Dr. Paige Carmichael and UGA veterinary students come into your classroom with three large Bernese Mountain dogs—the Dog Doctors.

Dr. Carmichael will talk about her research and the roles that the Dog Doctors play in her development of tests to detect genetic diseases in dogs. She will answer students' questions about the dogs, her research, and careers in Veterinary Medicine, and will show photographs of the Dog Doctors as they grew from babies to full-grown animals. Students will also be able to interact with the dogs as well as with the veterinary students who will show them X-Rays and bones of animals.

Contact us to schedule this learning experience for your class!


Last Updated February 8, 2007

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