Open to Anyone Interested in Volunteering with Their Dog, Cat or Rabbit

Rabbit HABIT volunteer
Dogs, cats and rabbits can be volunteer with their humans for the Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) program, which involves animal-assisted therapy. An orientation for interested persons will be held at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine on February 28, 2015. Image courtesy of HABIT and UTIA. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A free informational meeting for those interested in becoming volunteers with Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), an animal-assisted therapy program, will be held at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Saturday,  February 28, 2015, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Doors open at 12:30 for registration.

HABIT is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals. As a program of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, HABIT sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs for all ages in a variety of settings such as nursing and retirement homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers, and area schools.

The volunteer orientation/informational meeting will take place in room A118 at the college which is located on the UT agricultural campus at 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37996.  Parking is available in Lot 66 located behind the veterinary college.

For liability purposes, attendance at an informational meeting is required before a person can become a HABIT volunteer.  Attendance does not imply any obligations.  Please do not bring any pets to this meeting.

This meeting is open to anyone with a general interest in animal-assisted therapy. There is no fee or advanced registration required. However, please call the HABIT office (865-974-5633) if you plan to attend to ensure enough handouts are available. For further information and directions, contact Ruth Sapp, East Tennessee HABIT Program Coordinator at either  or at 865-974-5633. The program’s website is

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.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7377,