Pet Therapy: Dogs De-Stress Students

Young, Judith S.

Journal of Christian Nursing . 29(4):217-221, October/December 2012.

Concerned about students' test anxiety, this nursing school librarian started offering her dog's soothing presence prior to exams. The response was so positive, an experiment was conducted to measure the effect. Anecdotal results suggest that pet therapy reduces test anxiety and improves student performance.