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Dogs to the rescue for stressed students

This week, the Paws the Pressure team and CoRe (Counselling & Resilience) team will arrive with therapy dogs to encourage stressed students to take a break from the books to pat a Cocker Spaniel.

The therapy dogs are part of Victoria University’s “De-Stress Festival” to support students in the very jittery lead up to final assignments and exams.

This is the second year Garry Potter and the VU Library team have organised therapy dog visits to VU libraries. The dogs will be on leads with volunteer handlers who will direct students on how to safely pat the dogs.

Other VU De-Stress Festival activities:

  • meditation sessions
  • free coffee vouchers and free fresh fruit
  • free massage chairs
  • craft activities and giant Chess and Jenga games.

“We encourage students to take a break from their studies and de-stress with the therapy dogs or participate in one of our other many relaxing activities,” he said.

The media are welcome to visit Footscray Park library on Wednesday October 25 to see Cookie and Coco in action with VU students.

Photo opportunity

Where: Footscray Park Campus Library – Building P, Ballarat Road, Footscray

When: Wednesday 25th October 12.30pm – 2pm

What: Meet  Cookie and Coco (Cocker Spaniels) interacting with VU students

Watch the Paws for Pressure therapy dogs in action at Victoria University.

Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt
External media
Phone: 
+61 3 9919 5487 or mobile: +61 401 100 576

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