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U of T’s science and health sciences library hosts therapy dog for exam stress relief

December 5, 2012

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto’s Gerstein Science Information Centre will host Bella, a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog, to provide stressed out students with a little relief around exam time. Bella will be at Gerstein from 1:30-3:00 pm on December 5, 6, 12 and 13.

Similar programs have been implemented at Harvard, Yale, McGill and Dalhousie, among others. Dogs (and other animals) have been shown to reduce blood pressure, cortisol production, and stress and anxiety in general. As the Science and Health Sciences library on campus, Gerstein staff felt this was a great way to use scientific evidence to design a program for the benefit of all U of T students!

Bella’s first two introductory visits during the last week of November were very well received and she greeted over 75 staff and students! For more information about Bella’s visits, please visit us in person, find us on Facebook, or email


WHAT: Bella, a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog, will visit students for exam stress relief

WHERE: Marvin Gerstein Room (1st Floor), Gerstein Science Information Centre,
9 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6 – 1:30-3:00 pm

Wednesday December 12 & Thursday, December 13 – 1:30-3:00 pm



For more information, please contact:

Allison Bell
Coordinator, Reference Coordinator, Reference & Research Unit
Gerstein Science Information Centre
Tel: 416-978-7676