OU-Tulsa has the First Full-Time Canine to Assist in the Learning Process!
Professor Paws Leading the Way in Educating Students and Community
OU-Tulsa has become an educational leader by being the first university to have a full-time canine to assist with the educational process. Oftentimes, healthcare professionals, students, and potential service dog users do not understand the benefits of service dogs. The lack of knowledge can lead to underutilization of service dogs and create barriers for people who benefit from the use of them. The Professor Paws Project addresses these issues by providing interactive hands-on learning experiences for students, health care professionals, and the community about the benefits of service dogs.
The College of Allied Health on the OU-Tulsa campus offers both an occupational and physical therapy degree program. Because service dogs are often a valuable step in the recovery of the patients these students serve, the campus realizes the utilization of service dogs during their college program is an enriching and valuable learning experience for the students. Niko, known as Professor Paws, is a trained service dog who teaches these students about how service dogs can assist future patients - such as opening the refrigerator, turning the light on and off, as well as picking up an item that has dropped on the floor.
Additionally, the Professor Paws Project works toward educating the community about the benefits of and laws surrounding service dog partnerships. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Professor Paws will expand further to include presentations to middle and high school students in the Tulsa area. These school presentations will be conducted by OU-Tulsa College of Allied Health students, in partnership with Niko, and will focus on the benefits of service dogs. The presentations will also include information on occupational and physical therapy for students to consider as future careers.
Please click on the video above for more information on the Professor Paws Project.
How You Can Help
Your contribution will support the Professor Paws Project during the 2018-2019 academic year. Funds generated through this campaign will assist with direct program costs, including canine meals, care, training, as well as program materials, travel costs and student expenses. All contributions are tax-deductible and directly benefit Professor Paws — every gift counts!
Help Spread the Message
You can help promote this campaign by sharing our message on social media, emailing your friends and family, and talking to your colleagues. We believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of OU-Tulsa students and those served through the Professor Paws Project.
Thank you for your commitment to OU-Tulsa and the Professor Paws Project. Your investment not only impacts the lives of our students today, but also those who can directly benefit from service dogs.