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


Habit dog volunteer

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.​ Photo courtesy UTIA.


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 Medical Center Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. 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 the Wood Auditorium at the UT Medical Center at 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville. There is a $2 charge for parking. The auditorium is located on the main floor of the hospital.
 
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 cost or advanced registration required to attend the meeting. However, please call the HABIT office (865-974-5633) or email Karen Armsey at habit@utk.edu if you plan to attend to ensure enough handouts are available. For more information, visit the program's website​.

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Contact:​​

Karen Armsey, 865-974-5633, or habit@utk.edu


   
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