BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Just like humans, dogs need exercise too. WDBJ7 New River Valley reporter Orlando Salinas reports on how some students at Virginia Tech have made some four-legged friends.

"Come here good boy!"

Close to 40 dogs are kept at the Virginia -Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

"Good boy, you go. You ready to go? Come on come on!"

The dogs help vet students learn how to handle and diagnose all kinds of canines. First year Vet student Brittany Jones said the dogs are critical.

"We get to do physical exams on them. We get to under the vets guidance, we get to figure out how we first handle them properly. Still that's like so very beneficial for us."

The downside is on a busy campus, where folks are on the go, these dogs weren't getting out enough.

"Hey Duke!"

That's where B.A.R.C. comes in. B.A.R.C. stands for Bonding with Animals through Recreation on Campus. Sarah Greenway is a B.A.R.C. member.

"It's really important for students who miss their pets like me. I have a dog. I miss my dog when I come down here and I love animals and I just love to come out and interact with them and have some time with animals when I'm stressed out when I'm missing my dog."

Before B.A.R.C. only first year vet students walked the dogs. Now in its fourth year, nearly 200 students have joined the club.

"And I just thought it would be a great opportunity to socialize dogs because they need to be adopted and you just want a dog that's adoptable."

B.A.R.C. began because one student was homesick for her dog. The hugs, the fur and the big sloppy kisses, all of it. Mel Kegley is a faculty member at VT Vet-Med School, who said she understands the value of the B.A.R.C. program

"We do things with the B.A.R.C. club as well as the first year students like teaching em how to fetch, how to walk on leashes. Just things that make them more adoptable."

Seems pretty doggone simple.