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Tilly the Therapy Chicken & Friends Provide Weekly De-Stressing Sessions

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Over 900 colleges across the country have programs where students can interact with trained therapy animals, but only the University of Minnesota provides this weekly – and is one of very few universities that includes chickens.

This is according to Tanya Bailey, animal-assisted interactions coordinator at Boynton Health and the creator of the Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) program at the U. Five years ago, Bailey noticed that other college stress-relief programs were only offered during midterms and finals, and wanted to provide services weekly for U of M students. “Stress is a year-round thing,” she said.

Read the full story in Minne Inno.

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