Feel-Good Giving

Vet students at U of Tennessee fundraise for the Josh Project
By Caroline Jeanette Smith, October 2009, Updated February 2015

The Josh kit and vet student.

Do you remember your first visit to the hospital? For a child facing surgery or treatment for a life-threatening illness, it can be a scary experience. By participating in the Josh Project, our Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association hopes to transform this ordeal through the power of the human-animal bond.

 

We raise money for Josh and Friends, a program founded by a Knoxville, Tenn., veterinarian and his Golden Retriever, Josh. The funds raised are used to purchase “I’ll Be Okay” gift sets—a book by the same name and a cuddly stuffed Golden—which are given to children in our community to help them through this anxiety-provoking experience. Best yet, when it’s over, the children have a furry friend to rub noses with as they make their way back to health … and we all know how reassuring that can be.

 

Caroline Jeanette Smith is a University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine DVM candidate (2010).

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