NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Quinnipiac University students stressed out about final exams can turn to a therapy dog.
Donna Latella, an occupational therapy professor, is bringing Aubry, a three-year-old male golden retriever, to the North Haven campus Monday and Tuesday to help students prepare themselves to take their final exams.
Latella and Aubry are certified through Pet Partners, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to animal-assisted activities and therapy.
Four of Latella’s students will check the blood pressures, heart rates, respiratory rates and stress levels of those students who visit Aubry. A survey sent to students showed that about 160 would be interested in interacting with the dog before taking their tests.