Pet Therapy

It’s not unusual to find OSU’s pet therapy animals surrounded by students at the Student Union or trotting across campus, happy to stop and let people pet them. Pete’s Pet Posse’s works to positively enhance physical and emotional health, and contribute to the success of being America’s HEALTHIEST® Campus.


Areas of Impact

When you support the Pet Therapy, you help shape the future for Oklahoma State University. By contributing to the fund below, you make our future brighter orange!

OSU Pet Therapy Program Fund

20-81600 - This Operating Funds-Dept / Program Specific fund benefits programs through the General University.

OSU in Tulsa Pet Therapy Program Fund

32-22900 - This Operating Funds-Dept / Program Specific fund benefits programs through OSU-Tulsa.


Pete’s Pet Posse, OSU’s Pet Therapy Program, was established as a wellness program in Fall 2013. Through a cooperative effort of the President’s Office, OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital, University Counseling, Human Resources, and the Employee Assistance Program, the program has experienced much success. Pete’s Pet Posse’s works to positively enhance physical and emotional health, and contribute to the success of being America’s HEALTHIEST® Campus.

“We have developed robust programs in physical activity and nutrition. Now we are focusing on emotional health. Pete’s Pet Posse is designed to positively impact the entire campus population.”
Ann Hargis, OSU’s First Cowgirl and Founder of Pete's Pet Posse

These animals belong to faculty, staff, and others affiliated with OSU and are not owned by the university. These animals live with their humans full time and make campus a brighter orange each time their furry feet hit the campus. The OSU Foundation even participates; we have a furry friend and their human visits the Monroe location monthly.

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P3T: OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS’ Pet Therapy Program

Pete’s Pet Posse was expanded to include Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa at OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences in 2015.

“As a physician, I know animals play a positive role in people’s health. There is something about animals that make people happier and healthier. We always thought they did, but there is actually scientific research to support that idea.”
Kayse Shrum, D.O., President of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the Dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

To make a donation to Pete’s Pet Posse, which will help offset maintenance and training costs as well as other expenses, contact Mandy Heaps.

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Mandy Heaps
Mandy Heaps
Director of Annual Giving - Leadership Initiatives
P (405) 385-0721
C (405) 923-4115
mheaps@osugiving.com
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