Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tennessee Tech Creates PET Care Campus

Tennessee Tech University will collaborate with local government agencies and animal welfare groups to create a one-of-a-kind PET Care Campus to train university students and the public to address issues of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. The partnership will link TTU with Friends of Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animals (FCPCA), the Humane Society of Putnam County Spay/Neuter Clinic, the City of Cookeville and Putnam County officials to develop a program to provide university pre-veterinary students hands-on experience while working in and supporting shelter, spay and neuter, and adoption programs to benefit the community. Founders have coined the program the PET (pet, education, training) Care Campus, an educational and service project that would focus community efforts and academic programs on the caring for abandoned companion animals, primarily cats and dogs, in the community. It would link pre-vet students’ education and hands-on training with the well-being of animals in the Upper Cumberland region. A website, www.petcarecampus.com, has been created to provide information about the project and participants as it proceeds.