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Professor Paws 2019

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Project ended on October 20, at 11:55 AM CDT
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Professor Paws 2019




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, healthcare 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 last academic year, Professor Paws expanded further to include presentations to middle and high school students in the Tulsa area. These presentations, conducted by OU-Tulsa College of Allied Health students, in partnership with Niko, have already educated over 1,000 Oklahoma students on the benefits of service dogs. The presentations also included information on occupational and physical therapy for students to consider as future careers.

How You Can Help

Your contribution will support the Professor Paws Project during the 2019-2020 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

Thank you for your commitment to OU-Tulsa and the Professor Paws Project. Your investment not only impacts the lives of our current and future students, but also those who can directly benefit from service dogs.

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Paw-some Partner

Help Professor Paws take the first steps to educate OU-Tulsa students about service dogs.


Paw-lightful Friend

You can help underwrite the cost of Professor Paws meals for one week.


Paw-sonally Invested

Your support will assist with the medical care and grooming of Professor Paws himself.


Paw-riffic Pal

Your gift will underwrite the annual cost of training supplies for Professor Paws.


Paw-fect Ally

Be an advocate for Professor Paws by covering the cost of the program’s printed materials for one year.


Paw-sitively Loyal

Provide vital assistance to underwrite the cost of Professor Paws training for one year.


Paw-inspiring Top Dog

You are a Top Dog for sponsoring Professor Paws community presentations for one year. Your support helps underwrite the cost for OU-Tulsa students and Professor Paws to educate others in the community about service dogs and how they can assist people!

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