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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

"Fur-Get the Stress," Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

Medical students will de-stress through interaction with therapy animals and learn from experts about the use of animals in healthcare.

Project Details

Project Name: Fur-Get the Stress

Purpose: Provide an easy and fun participation activity to support student wellness

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: student visits with therapy animals, easy participation, photographic souvenirs, photography mural, social media connections with the therapy animals, speaker series and supporting library collections

Target Audience: UMass medical school students

Community Support: Student Affairs, Medical Education Department, Diversity & Inclusion Department, Animal Medicine Department, student government

Use of grant funds: animal handler fees and travel, cleanup fees, camera and film, speaker fees, library books


  • To counteract high rates of depression among medical students
  • To support student wellness

Team Members

four team members from UMass Medical School libraryTeam members Jessica Kilham, Martha Meacham,Mary Piorun, and Regina Raboin, with Jeanine Esposito (left) and Dawn La Valle (right)

Presentation Slide

Furget the Stress presentation slide

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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