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July 21, 2016

Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa to graduate second class of therapy dogs

Jarrad Wagner

Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president and dean of OSU-COM, talks with her dog, Deuce, on one of his campus visits last fall. The yellow lab is among the first class of P3T graduates.

The second class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa will graduate in a special “Barkalaureate” ceremony at 3 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Founders Hall. Graduates include:

  • Max, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, and handlers Bill Meek, Ph.D., OSU-CHS professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Sharon Meek
  • Tahlula, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, and handler Marnie Pettit, wife of OSU-CHS Provost William J. Pettit, D.O.
  • Max, a 9-year-old Maltese, and handler Ashley Adkins, M.S., OSU-CHS director of university affairs
  • Blue, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd, and handler, Jessica Bradley, M.S., OSU-Tulsa career services coordinator
  • Fern, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, and handler Matt Bowler, Ph.D., OSU-Tulsa associate professor of management and Don R. Brattain professor in the Spears School of Business

P3T graduates will serve OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa as greeters and campus ambassadors. They are also available for clinical or crisis situations. The goal of the program is to enhance physical and emotional health as part of the America’s Healthiest Campus wellness initiative. Campus departments as well as clinical departments may request a P3T dog visit by emailing pettherapytulsa@okstate.edu. For more information, visit the P3T website.


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