Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) and physician assistant students from the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a free public health fair for people and their pets on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middlesboro Mall across from the Bath and Body Works store.
The public health fairs are part of a study titled, Measuring the Impact of a Mutually Reinforcing Relationship Between Pet Owners and Their Pets. The purpose is to analyze the data collected during the health fairs and look for a correlation between human and animal health. It is anticipated that pets share the same health benefits and risks as their owners, and the goal is to encourage the mutual health and well-being and companionship between people and their pets.
Participants will need to bring their dog or cat with them to the event. All people will be screened for blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, height, weight and body mass index. Pets will be screened for blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, weight, body condition scoring and will be given a heart worm antigen test. Additionally, for both people and pets, questions will be asked about their perceived health, level of exercise activity and the degree of human-pet attachment. Participation in the health screenings is confidential, and people with limited resources to provide for their pet’s health will be advised of programs that may be available to them at a nominal or no cost.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.