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Therapy animals visit students during finals week

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Students at the University of South Florida now have a creative option for exam week study beaks. They can relax with therapy dogs, cats, and even horses.

The Animal Assisted Therapy Program lets students spend time with animals as a way to de-stress during finals week.

"It absolutely works," said Stacey Pearson-Wharton, USF's Vice President of Health and Wellness. "Students love the animals, they love the opportunity to engage with them. Sometimes it reminds them of home and the animals they have at home. And it's hard to be stressed when you're petting a dog or a miniature horse with really cute shoes."

Most of the time the dogs visit hospitals, hospice and nursing homes, so visiting a college campus is a well-deserved change of pace for both the animals and the students.

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