Comments on: Veterinary studies program in demand The magazine of the University of Hawai'i System Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:11:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jackie Graessle, MSW Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:23:10 +0000 I would love to see a program such as this at UH Manoa. I realize the UH cannot be all things to all people, but this would keep many of our students in Hawai`i and bring many to study in Hawai’i.

The paradigm for owning pets has shifted greately in one generation alone; from primarily utilitarian to beloved members of the family. Research suppports the healing properties of pets (they are now regular visitors in nursing homes and hospitals and are increaslingly used to augment therapy for PTSD and other related behavioral mental health disorders). Pets also offer an opportunity to teach our young how to treat other human beings. I believe this would be well-received if offered in Hawai`i.