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  • Dog gets a Phd
  • jskim | 2020.05.25 09:12
  • Dog gets a Phd

    How do you think a dog got a Phd?

    Why would a dog get a Phd?


    An 8-year-old Labrador dog has received a Phd in veterinary medicine.

    Since 2014, Moose has been a therapy dog at Virginia Techs Cook Counseling Center. He has spent enough years there to earn a doctorate degree of his own. He has been a therapy dog for patients going through cancer treatment. Moose has also has been on the receiving end of such treatment himself.

    He was diagnosed with cancer in February. And he has been receiving cancer treatment.

    His doctors are at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. This school is a joint venture between Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland at College Park. Moose is one of four dogs at the counseling center who are working as therapy animals.


    Moose works with a licensed counselor who has been at the center for 10 years. The counselor launched the animal-assisted therapy for students who need alternatives to human counselors.


    Some humans havent had the best experience with other humans. Moose provides a very safe and comforting feeling to the patients.

    After his own treatment, Moose is healthy again.


    Moose received his degree during a virtual ceremony. He was showered with lots of delicious food.


    Try to guess the meaning of the words in bold and match them with their closest meaning from the choices in the right. Some of the answers are very close and have similar meaning. The meaning of these words is how they are used in the reading. Some of these words have different meanings in the dictionary depending on how they are used.

     The answers are below the table.


    A=2, B=1, C=8, D=3, E=7, F=4, G=6, H=5

    Some example sentences using the new words or phrases from the meaning of how they are used in the reading to help you understand better.

    1. Mr Park has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism for his bad actions.

    2. Let me diagnose the problem with your car.

    3. Welcome today to the start of the joint venture between our two companies.

    4. Massage therapy is the very best for stress.

    5. In the spring they will launch their new phone.

    6. I can’t afford this apartment. What alternatives do you have?

    7. Let me take you through a virtual tour of a 21 day holiday in Europe.

    8. The students showered the teacher with gifts on Teacher’s Day.




    Some questions using the new words/phrases. Try to use the words/phrases in your answer.


    1. How does it feel for you to be on the receiving end of many gifts?

    2. What are you difficulties in learning English? Who is best to diagnose your problems?

    3. Describe a joint venture you know.

    4. What other reasons can you think of why animals are good therapy for humans?

    5. Do you think this animal therapy could or would be launched in your country? Why or why not?

    6. What alternative medicines are you interested in? Or to learn about?

    7. Do you think that doctors and therapists will meet patients virtually in the future? What are some advantages/disadvantage of meeting virtually?

    8. When you graduated, did your parents shower you with gifts and good words? How is it important to be showered with good words when you succeed?

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