Meet Jeanne McNeil and her co-worker Zeke
April 2, 2020
VCU Monroe Park campus’ temporary closure has Life Sciences faculty and staff getting used to their new ways of teaching and working.
For Jeanne McNeil, director, Operations and Administration, it means two members of the McNeil household are now working remotely: Jeanne and her certified therapy dog, Zeke, both volunteers for the VCU’s Dogs on Call Program. Before the campus shutdown, Jeanne worked with all Life Sciences faculty and staff and was based in the Trani Life Sciences building, and Zeke provided canine-assisted therapy for students, and also for patients and medical staff in hospitals.
Jeanne continues to work from home, but Zeke’s role has had to put his in-person visits on hold for now. However, he continues to try and provide support from afar. “We snapped a photo to send to the Dogs On Call folks to share our support of our amazing and brave folks at the VCU Health System,” say Jeanne. “Zeke really misses seeing his friends at VCU Health, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, and The Doorways, so he was happy to be able to send them a message of thanks and puppy encouragement – until he can safely deliver it in person.”