K-9 Professor Receiving “Dogtorate” Degree will teach Occupational Therapy Students
Since he was a puppy, Niko has been trained by the head of the Occupational Therapy department at the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Tulsa (OU-Tulsa).
Niko, a yellow lab, is a certified service dog who teaches Occupational Therapy students how service dogs can assist future patients — such as opening the refrigerator, turning the light on and off, as well as picking up something that has dropped on the floor.
Niko will be receiving his “Dogtorate” degree at OU-Tulsa’s official graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 9 with the class of OT students he’s been with his entire time on campus.
Upon graduating, “Professor Paws” will stay as full-time faculty and continue to teach hundreds of students, community members, and healthcare professionals each year about service dogs. To the best of our knowledge, this is the ONLY program of its kind in the entire country.
Check out Niko in action!