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By Kelly Haberstroh
With an increasing amount of students diagnosed with anxiety or depression in the past couple of years, the need for a therapy animal on campus has become more essential.
Two students with therapy animals on campus were diagnosed with anxiety. Nathan Cass, a junior visual and performing arts major, said he was depressed and had been contemplating suicide a couple of times. RaeAnn Thomas, a sophomore psychology major, would avoid studying for tests because she was having panic attacks in her dorm room.
According to the students, both housing and disability services have been accommodating about the process of students moving a pet into their dorm.