Miller said, "The dogs were hopping right up there and started using them right away. The students were tickled by that.
"That makes their legwork worth it."
He said the dogs normally use the cots during the day. Also, the beds are supposed to be difficult, if not impossible, to destroy, but one dog is challenging that claim already.
The student-humane society collaboration is an example of the U of I-community partnership that exists to help both the institution and the public. Fourth-year veterinary students who are ISCASV members sterilize animals at the society under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. This program gives the students experiential training in shelter medicine, and benefits the community by combating overpopulation through sterilization of animals prior to adoption.
The Illinois Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' mission is to improve the health and well-being of animals in shelters through the advancement of shelter medicine. They do this by giving veterinary students opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience with shelter medicine through community events and educational opportunities.
Online: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/sheltermed and http://bit.ly/S7q8EL