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First year medical student Lindsey-Thomas Motes discussed the visits she and her classmates receive from therapy dogs in an interview published February 26th on Greenvilleonline.com. Motes, a student at the University of South Carolina Medical School at Greenville, said that the group usually brings five or six dogs to visit with the students.

This week's visit included Zoe Doodles, a Labradoodle shown in the photo with Motes.

"It's a nice chance for us to step outside of our regular lives and do something different," she explained.

According to Motes, the group usually brings the dogs in to visit a couple of days before a test. "Our class has a test on Friday, so they are coming today," she said. "It's just a time for us to sit down, relax, and play with dogs."

"They don't call them therapy dogs for no reason", said Motes. "They really are therapy for us. For us, it's like we're being the patients for the day because we get the therapy."

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