Dogs are said to be a man's best friend and for students at Virginia Tech, they can help get through a rough workday.
When they're not in the lab for students to examine, they're outside having fun with the BARC club.
"It stands for Bonding with Animals through Recreation on Campus," said Dr. Marlice Vonck, faculty advisor. "It is a very creative name and very applicable to a club working with dogs."
Student volunteers check out the dogs for at least half an hour any time they'd like.
"I feel bad for them sitting inside all day." said Erica Wood, volunteer. "I want to help them get a little fresh air and exercise."
"It's really therapeutic the best way I can put it." said Daniel Inman, BARC Vice President. "Just being able after a day stuck in the classroom to come out here and just walk around and play with a dog.
"It's the best therapy a person can ask for to be honest."
Eventually, after the dogs get enough human contact they're put up for adoption.
"It's just great to see how these students enjoy working with these dogs," said Dr. Vonck. "Our dogs get to get a lot of social contact which helps when we adopt them out after two years."
Twenty-six dogs have been adopted from the program so far this year.
It's one way where humans and animals are working hand and paw.
Adoptions take place through the school each spring.