Therapy animals spend the day 
visiting Linfield nursing students

Junior Jeni Picken spends Animal Assisted Therapy Day visiting with animals from Pet Peace of Mind at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland on Sept. 17.
Photo courtesy of Jeni Picken

Students learned about the benefits of using therapeutic animals to treat patients, after a gamut of therapy animals visited the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland for Animal Assisted Therapy Day on Sept. 17.
Visiting animals included two llamas, Smokey and Rojo, as well as Chihuahuas, golden retrievers and a therapy cat. The llamas were dressed in tutus, decked out in flowers and had their nails painted.
Legacy Hospice, a medical group providing hospice care for terminally ill patients in McMinnville and Portland, tabled at the event.
Its new program, Pet Peace of Mind, provides assistance and care for the pets of terminally ill patients.
Junior Jeni Picken, a nursing major, stopped by the event after class. For her “it was really happy and exciting.”
Picken experienced the benefits of therapeutic interaction with the animals, saying it helped her release the stress of school for a few minutes.
Picken also said the llamas “gave kisses and were fun to interact with…this was an experience that makes Linfield so unique.”

Jaimie McDonald
For The Review

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