A 12-week-old cockapoo is the newest recruit at Leeds City College.
The puppy, named Jeffrey, will frequent the college’s schools of health sciences, childhood and education and public services as a therapy animal for stressed-out students.
As well as serving the needs of the college community, Jeffrey will attend puppy training sessions on a weekly basis to become an accredited therapy dog, and the college plans to take him to nearby schools and care settings to help others once he has qualified.
“Studies suggest that pets play an effective role in supporting the young and elderly and we’ll be conducting research into the impact Jeffrey has on our most vulnerable students and their achievement levels, especially those with autism and additional needs,” explained Sheila Lucciarini, head of childcare and public services at the college. “It’s not uncommon to watch someone transition from emotionless to joyful when a pet enters the room.”
Leeds City College will be documenting Jeffrey’s progress and activity on a blog, which will be published soon.