vcus-center-for-human-animal-interaction-e1358970051194-224x300Midlothian Animal Clinic proudly supports charity. Learn a little more about one of the programs we sponsor from Sandra B. Barker, Ph.D., NCC, LPC Director, Center for Human-Animal Interaction.

“The Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Medicine would like to thank Midlothian Animal Clinic for its long-term support. In regularly donating to The Center’s Close at Heart Fund and participating in our pet loss support services, the doctors and staff at Midlothian Animal Clinic commemorate deceased pets and communicate their caring and compassion for owners grieving for the loss of a beloved pet.

The Close at Heart Fund was established to honor living and deceased pets and those who love them. Donations to The Close at Heart Fund are tax deductible and support the important work of The Center, a non-profit , 501 (c) (3) through the Medical College of Virginia Foundation. Established in 2001, The Center is the only one of its kind to be established in a medical school in the country. The Center’s mission is improved health and well being through human-animal interaction.

dogsoncall-150x150To achieve its mission, The Center coordinates animal-assisted therapy in the VCU Medical Center through its Dogs On Call Program, provides a pet loss support group for clients of participating veterinary clinics like Midlothian Animal Clinic, conducts and publishes research documenting the health benefits of interacting with companion animals, and educates students, professionals, and the public on the human-animal interaction. Funded by donations, Center programs and research are internationally recognized and serve as a model for other programs. For more information, please visit our website at www.chai.vcu.edu.” – Sandra B. Barker, Ph.D., NCC, LPC Director, Center for Human-Animal Interaction