Audience will have opportunity to ask animal-behavior related questions

HABIT is an animal-assisted therapy program at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. A fundraiser for the program will take place at the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 5 - 7 p.m. Photo courtesy UT CVM.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), one of the country’s oldest animal-assisted therapy programs, and Swofford Financial will host “Barbeque, Bidding and Bluegrass: An Evening of Good Behavior with HABIT.” HABIT is a non-profit outreach program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM). The fundraiser will take place at the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 5 - 7 p.m.

Dr. Julie Albright, PetSafe Chair in Small Animal Behavioral Research at the veterinary college, will lead a discussion on what makes a good therapy animal and then take questions from the audience.

Guests can also participate in a spirited silent auction as they enjoy a barbeque dinner and bluegrass music from The Grassroots Gringos.

From 4 – 5 p.m. guests can enjoy a complimentary tour of the museum, begin bidding on the silent auction items, and meet several HABIT volunteers and their dogs on the KMA lawn.

Each year 250 HABIT volunteers and their animals make more than 200,000 contacts in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, various units at Children’s Hospital, schools and drug recovery programs.

A $35 donation per guest at the door is requested.  For more information about the event, call 865-974-5633 or email Visit to learn more about the outreach program.

One of 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.

In addition to the programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 research and education centers and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.   



Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7367, sharbiso@utk