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CHAI research and Dr. Randolph Barker featured in Forbes [View Image]

CHAI research and Dr. Randolph Barker featured in Forbes

September 6, 2021

CHAI research and Dr. Randolph Barker featured in Forbes. Click here for more!

Dr. Randolph Barker featured in Telluride News [View Image]

Dr. Randolph Barker featured in Telluride News

June 23, 2021

Dr. Randolph Barker, professor of management in the VCU School of Business and long time support of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction, was featured in the Telluride News article "Take Your Dog to Work Day." 

Women's Brain Health Initiative Magazine features Dr. Nancy Gee [View Image]

Women's Brain Health Initiative Magazine features Dr. Nancy Gee

May 21, 2021

In the magazine Mind Over Matter, published by Women's Brain Health Initiative, Dr. Nancy Gee was interviewed in reference to the article "Animal Attraction: Pets can be Therapeutic for the Body & Soul".

Satellite Media Tour featuring Dr. Nancy Gee [View Image]

Satellite Media Tour featuring Dr. Nancy Gee

May 25, 2021

A satellite media tour featuring CHAI Executive Director Dr. Nancy Gee was launched to promote upcoming research on animal-assisted therapy and loneliness. 

CHAI-Waltham Petcare Science Institute-HABRI Partnership Announced [View Image]

CHAI-Waltham Petcare Science Institute-HABRI Partnership Announced

May 19, 2021

In an announcement event by Waltham Petcare Science Institute, it was announced that the Center for Human-Animal Interaction and the Dogs On Call program will be carrying out research that is "...an important step forward in answering key questions related to the possible impact of animal therapy on patients' recovery time and healthcare costs." To read the entire article and to watch the announcement video, click here!

Dogs On Call Featured on WTVR Channel 6 News [View Image]

Dogs On Call Featured on WTVR Channel 6 News

March 31, 2021

In a story written by Tracy Sears, the Dogs On Call staff and teams were featured on Channel 6 News WTVR. 

Dr. Nancy Gee Featured by The Straits Times [View Image]

Dr. Nancy Gee Featured by The Straits Times

March 23, 2021

The Straights Times features Dr. Nancy Gee in "Learn How Furry Friends can Help with Therapy" 

Books, Barks, and Banter Group Features Q&A with Dr. Nancy Gee [View Image]

Books, Barks, and Banter Group Features Q&A with Dr. Nancy Gee

February 16, 2021

The director of The Center, Dr. Nancy Gee, virtually joined Books, Barks, and Banter on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 to discuss her new book!
VCU News Features Dogs On Call [View Image]

VCU News Features Dogs On Call

February 10, 2021

The Dogs On Call program was featured in the article "A Look at How the VCU Community is Sharing the Love and Giving Back in Difficult Times" on the VCU News website! 

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Dogs On Call Featured in "A Doggone Good Story"

August 12, 2020

The Dogs on Call program was featured in an MCV Foundation newsletter story titled "A Doggone Good Story." 

Dr. Nancy Gee featured by the Canadian Institute of Animal-Assisted Interventions [View Image]

Dr. Nancy Gee featured by the Canadian Institute of Animal-Assisted Interventions

July 29, 2020

CHAI Executive Director Dr. Nancy Gee was featured by the Canadian Institute of Animal-Assisted Interventions

Dr. Nancy Gee featured in [View Image]

Dr. Nancy Gee featured in "Elders Owning Pet Dogs can Stay Active, Says Study".

July 8, 2020

Executive Director Dr. Nancy Gee was featured in an article by the NT Bureau titled Elders Owning Pet Dogs can Stay Active, Says Study

 

Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs [View Image]

Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs

June 17, 2019

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction is proud to announce the publication of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs by Purdue University Press.

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction's Sponsor Board [View Image]

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction's Sponsor Board

May 31, 2019

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction thanks its sponsors with a special sponsor board

 

Dogs On Call 2019 Spring Interest Meeting [View Image]

Dogs On Call 2019 Spring Interest Meeting

May 11, 2019

Dogs On Call invites all who are interested to learn more about how to become a volunteer therapy dog team in 2019!

 

 

April 2019 Paws for Stress [View Image]

April 2019 Paws for Stress

April 29, 2019

Paws for Stress events were held with original campus-wide event at Student Commons, Honors College, Athletics and the School of Pharmacy. 

 

Blue and Green Day 2019 [View Image]

Blue and Green Day 2019

April 12, 2019

Our Dogs On Call therapy dogs and volunteers were honored to again participate in Donate Life America's Blue Green Day this year in partnership with the VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center to Celebrate Life at VCU Health!

 

Biannual Volunteer Meeting Spring 2019 [View Image]

Biannual Volunteer Meeting Spring 2019

April 13, 2019

Dogs On Call teams joined Center staff for the biannual Volunteer Meeting and Appreciation Brunch. 

 

December 2018 Paws for Stress [View Image]

December 2018 Paws for Stress

December 7, 2018

Along with the original Paws for Stress, Dogs On Call teams participated in a de-stress event with School of Pharmacy as well. 

 

 

 

Biannual Volunteer Meeting Autumn 2018 [View Image]

Biannual Volunteer Meeting Autumn 2018

November 3, 2018

Dogs On Call teams joined Center staff for the Autumn biannual Volunteer Meeting and Appreciation Lunch. 

 

Dogs On Call 2018 Autumn Interest Meeting [View Image]

Dogs On Call 2018 Autumn Interest Meeting

November 2, 2018

Dogs On Call invites all who are interested to learn more about how to become a volunteer therapy dog team!

2019 Dogs On Call Calendar Sales Dates! [View Image]

2019 Dogs On Call Calendar Sales Dates!

November 1, 2018

Tuesday, November 13th from 11:30-1:30pm, Gateway Ground Lobby

Friday, November 30th from 11:00-12:30pm, Main 1, The Learning Center

Tuesday, December 14th from 11:30-1:30pm, Main 1, The Learning Center

Friday, January 11th from 11:30-1:30pm, Main 1, The Learning Center

October 2018 Paws for Stress [View Image]

October 2018 Paws for Stress

October 30, 2018

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to provide Virginia Commonwealth University Students with a chance to relax with therapy dogs before midterms. 

 

Pups on the Plaza 2018 [View Image]

Pups on the Plaza 2018

October 11, 2018

The 6th annual Pups on the Plaza event celebrated our Dogs On Call therapy dog program to fundraise for The Center. Staff from VCU Health, VCU, and VCU School of Medicine joined patients, students and the greater Richmond community for the festivities. 

 

 

 

Pups on the Plaza 2018 Event T-Shirt Reveal [View Image]

Pups on the Plaza 2018 Event T-Shirt Reveal

September 27, 2018

The official Pups on the Plaza 2018 Event T-Shirt is here!

Save the Date for Pups on the Plaza 2018! [View Image]

Save the Date for Pups on the Plaza 2018!

August 13, 2018

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction's Annual Pups on the Plaza event will be on Thursday, October 11th from 11am-2pm on 12th Street Plaza!

 

Biannual Volunteer Meeting Spring 2018 [View Image]

Biannual Volunteer Meeting Spring 2018

May 19, 2018

Dogs On Call teams joined Center staff for the biannual Volunteer Meeting and Appreciation Lunch. 

 

 

May 2018 Paws for Stress [View Image]

May 2018 Paws for Stress

May 1, 2018

VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association sponsor the May 2018 Paws for Stress for VCU Students.  

 

 

Blue and Green Day 2018 [View Image]

Blue and Green Day 2018

April 13, 2018

Our Dogs On Call therapy dogs and volunteers were thrilled to participate in Donate Life America's Blue Green Day again this year in partnership with the VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center to Celebrate Life at VCU Health!

 

 

The Rotary Club of Richmond Grant [View Image]

The Rotary Club of Richmond Grant

April 3, 2018

The Rotary Club of Richmond provides Dogs On Call with a $5,000 grant.

March 2018 Paws for Stress [View Image]

March 2018 Paws for Stress

March 12, 2018

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction again partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to provide Virginia Commonwealth University Students with a chance to relax with therapy dogs before midterms.

 

Dogs On Call 2018 Spring Interest Meeting [View Image]

Dogs On Call 2018 Spring Interest Meeting

February 16, 2018

Dogs On Call invites all interested community members to learn more about volunteering as a therapy dog team!

 

 

The Tony Stewart Foundation's Accelerator Grant supports pediatric visitation [View Image]

The Tony Stewart Foundation's Accelerator Grant supports pediatric visitation

February 10, 2018

The Tony Stewart Foundation's continuing support allows our Dogs On Call therapy dog teams to visit even more pediatric patients.

 

Dogs On Call teams up with VCU Police to deliver PetSmart Stuffed Animals [View Image]

Dogs On Call teams up with VCU Police to deliver PetSmart Stuffed Animals

January 5, 2018

Thanks to Local PetSmart store #1051, Dogs On Call teams were able to be joined by the VCU Police Department to give out donated stuffed animals to patients in need for the third year in a row.

 

 

2018 Dogs On Call Calendar Sales Dates! [View Image]

2018 Dogs On Call Calendar Sales Dates!

November 3, 2017

Tuesday, November 7th from 11:30-1:30pm, Gateway Ground Lobby

Friday, November 17th from 11:30-1:30pm, Main 1 Kiosk

Friday, December 1st from 11:30-1:30pm, Main 1 Learning Center

Friday, December 15th from 11:30-1:30pm, Children’s Pavilion Sky Lobby

Friday, January 5th from 11:30-1:30pm, Main 1 Learning Center

Pups on the Plaza 2017 [View Image]

Pups on the Plaza 2017

September 28, 2017

The 5th annual Pups on the Plaza event brought members of the VCU, VCU Health, VCU School of Medicine and greater Richmond community together for an afternoon of delicious food, celebration and fun with volunteers from the Dogs On Call therapy dog program to fundraise for The Center.

Pups on the Plaza 2017 Event T-Shirt Reveal [View Image]

Pups on the Plaza 2017 Event T-Shirt Reveal

August 29, 2017

The official Pups on the Plaza 2017 Event T-Shirt is here!

Save the Date for Pups on the Plaza 2017! [View Image]

Save the Date for Pups on the Plaza 2017!

July 28, 2017

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction's Annual Pups on the Plaza event will be on Thursday, September 28th from 11am-2pm! 

Dogs On Call 2017 Spring Interest Meeting [View Image]

Dogs On Call 2017 Spring Interest Meeting

May 4, 2017

Dogs On Call invites all interested community members to learn more about volunteering as a therapy dog team!

May 2017 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons [View Image]

May 2017 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons

May 2, 2017

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to provide VCU Students with a stress-relieving study break with the Dogs on Call therapy dogs.  

Blue and Green Day with VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center [View Image]

Blue and Green Day with VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center

April 21, 2017

Our Dogs On Call therapy dogs and volunteers were honored to participate in Donate Life America's Blue Green Day in partnership with the VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center to Celebrate Life at VCU Health!

Maymont Children's Farm Re-Opening [View Image]

Maymont Children's Farm Re-Opening

March 26, 2017

Our Dogs On Call were chosen by Maymont to participate in the Re-Opening of the Maymont Children's Farm on March 26th.

March 2017 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons [View Image]

March 2017 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons

March 14, 2017

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to bring Dogs On Call therapy dog teams to VCU students at Monroe Park Campus ahead of midterms. 

VCU Health Dogs on Call program receives grant from Petco Foundation [View Image]

VCU Health Dogs on Call program receives grant from Petco Foundation

February 24, 2017

The Petco Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Center for Human-Animal Interaction.

Petco Foundation's Helping Heroes Grant supports The Center for Human-Animal Interaction [View Image]

Petco Foundation's Helping Heroes Grant supports The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

February 24, 2017

The Petco Foundation is helping Dogs On Call extend our reach to countless patients in need with a generous grant.

Dogs On Call Deliver PetSmart Toys to Pediatric Patients [View Image]

Dogs On Call Deliver PetSmart Toys to Pediatric Patients

January 6, 2017

Dogs On Call teams up again with Local PetSmart store #1051 to provide donated stuffed animals to patients in need for the second year.

VCU Dogs on Call program featured in new Animal Planet documentary series [View Image]

VCU Dogs on Call program featured in new Animal Planet documentary series

December 21, 2016

Local tails will wag on Jan. 1 when Animal Planet features Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dogs on Call program as part of its new series, “Dogs: The Untold Story.”

Tony Stewart Foundation Accelerator Grant aids in expansion of Dogs on Call [View Image]

Tony Stewart Foundation Accelerator Grant aids in expansion of Dogs on Call

December 19, 2016

The generosity of Tony Stewart Foundation grants our volunteer teams the opportunity to improve the health and well being of others through human-animal interaction.

December 2016 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons [View Image]

December 2016 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons

December 5, 2016

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to help relieve stress prior to finals with the help of the Dogs on Call therapy dogs. Held at The Student Commons on the Monroe Park Campus, students visited with the dogs while Virginia Book Company provided free scantrons and blue books to students for exams. 

Dogs on Call 2017 Calendar [View Image]

Dogs on Call 2017 Calendar

October 31, 2016

Sales and information about the beautiful Dogs On Call 2017 Calendar!

Friday, November 11th

11:30am-1:30pm, Kiosk,

Main 1 beside Medical Records

 

Friday, December 2nd

11:30am-1:30pm, The Learning Center,

Main 1 across from Au Bon Pain

 

Thursday, December 22nd

11:30am-1:30pm, The Learning Center,

Main 1 across from Au Bon Pain

October 2016 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons [View Image]

October 2016 Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons

October 31, 2016

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to bring Dogs On Call therapy dog teams to VCU students at Monroe Park Campus. Virginia Book Company provided free scantrons and blue books to students for exams. 

Mission Critical Health Features The Center for Human-Animal Interaction [View Image]

Mission Critical Health Features The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

October 19, 2016

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction and its therapy dog program, Dogs On Call, are featured by Mission Critical Health as models for animal-assisted interventions in an acute health care setting.

Pups on the Plaza 2016 [View Image]

Pups on the Plaza 2016

September 29, 2016

The 4th annual Pups on the Plaza event brought members of the VCU, VCU Health, and greater Richmond community together for an afternoon of hotdogs, celebration and fun with volunteers from the Dogs On Call therapy dog program.

Upcoming event: Pups On The Plaza 2016 [View Image]

Upcoming event: Pups On The Plaza 2016

August 30, 2016

The Center for Human-Animal hosts the fourth annual Pups On The Plaza event.

Dogs On Call Spring Interest Meeting [View Image]

Dogs On Call Spring Interest Meeting

April 25, 2016

Dogs On Call invites all interested community members to learn more about volunteering as a therapy dog team!

Dogs On Call Deliver Toys to Patients at VCU Health [View Image]

Dogs On Call Deliver Toys to Patients at VCU Health

February 9, 2016

Dogs On Call teams up with Local PetSmart store #1051 to deliver donated stuffed toys to patients in need.

Dogs On Call 2016 Calendar [View Image]

Dogs On Call 2016 Calendar

November 2, 2015

Sales and information about the beautiful Dogs On Call 2016 Calendar!

Pups on the Plaza 2015 [View Image]

Pups on the Plaza 2015

September 17, 2015

The 3rd annual Pups on the Plaza event brought members of the VCU, VCU Health, and greater Richmond community together for an afternoon of hotdogs, music and fun with volunteers from the Dogs On Call therapy dog program.

Upcoming event: Pups on the Plaza 2015 [View Image]

Upcoming event: Pups on the Plaza 2015

August 18, 2015

Tickets and Event T-Shirts available now for Pups on the Plaza 2015!

Medical Student Summer Institute in Psychiatry [View Image]

Medical Student Summer Institute in Psychiatry

July 15, 2015

Dr. Sandra Barker presents to an international group of medical students on Animal Assisted Therapy. 

Annual Volunteer Meeting 2015 [View Image]

Annual Volunteer Meeting 2015

June 23, 2015

Dogs On Call teams joined Center staff for the annual Volunteer Meeting and Appreciation Dinner. 

Dogs On Call make Earth Day deliveries [View Image]

Dogs On Call make Earth Day deliveries

April 22, 2015

Therapy dog teams make special book deliveries to pediatrics patients in celebration of Earth Day. 

General Assembly Welcomes Dogs On Call [View Image]

General Assembly Welcomes Dogs On Call

March 19, 2015

Virginia lawmakers welcome Dogs On Call to The General Assembly.

Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons on Monroe Park Campus. [View Image]

Paws for Stress held at The Student Commons on Monroe Park Campus.

December 11, 2014

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction partners with VCU University Counseling Services and the Student Government Association to bring Dogs On Call therapy dog teams to VCU students at Monroe Park Campus.

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