MU Vet Clinic Offers Senior Experience
The clinic provides on-call service, featuring professors and students from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, for Tiger Place residents.
So, Carrie Wilkens and her dog, Milly, can just walk down the hall to the exam room for Milly's nail trim or checkup.
"I think it's a wonderful thing to have," Wilkins stated, "and I hope to do more with them.
"You just don't have a facility anywhere else that combines such an active pet visitation program or pet ownership," noted Dr. Rebecca Johnson of the MU School of Nursing. "And certainly there are none with a veterinary exam room, so it is a one of a kind in the country and makes it very special."
Doctors know putting animals and seniors together works wonders.
"The contact between a pet and an elderly person is very deep, and it's gratifying for them in many different ways and some of those ways we can't see," said Dr. Ron Cott. "A lot of it is the health of the individual as well as the health of the pet. Those are doing each other good."
"You feel happier," added Johnson. "We feel more relaxed when we interact with pets, and that's a very important part of what's going on here at Tiger Place because we want people to be happy, healthy and relaxed."
Only a few Tiger Place residents have pets, but they share them with other residents.