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Animal-assisted Therapy Program Fundraiser Features Veterinary Behaviorist

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), one of the countrys oldest animal-assisted therapy programs, and Swofford Financial will host Barbeque, Bidding and Bluegrass: An Evening of Good Behavior with HABIT. HABIT is a non-profit outreach program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM). The fundraiser will take place at the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Julie Albright, PetSafe Chair in Small Animal Behavioral Research at the veterinary college, will lead a discussion on how to address troubling pet behaviors and then take questions from the audience.

Guests can also participate in a spirited live and silent auction as they enjoy a barbeque dinner and Bluegrass music from local musicians, including Dr. Hugh McCampbell, a large animal veterinarian from Monroe County. The live auction features Have gavel; will travel auctioneer Bear Stephenson.

From 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. guests can enjoy a complimentary tour of the museum, begin bidding on the silent auction items, and meet several HABIT volunteers and their dogs on the KMA lawn. Dr. Albrights presentation begins at 5:20 p.m.


    A HABIT volunteer team visiting with a patient at Children's Hospital.

Each year 250 HABIT volunteers and their animals make more than 200,000 contacts in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, various units at Childrens Hospital, schools and drug recovery programs.

A $25 donation per guest at the door is requested.  For more information about the event, call (865) 974-5633 or email



Posted: 04-12-13 Viewed: 45697 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN 37996

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