DVM, MS, Dipl ABVP
Zenithson (Zenny) Ng is a clinical assistant professor of Community Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in animal science from Rutgers University and veterinary degree from Cornell University.
He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City before entering a combined ABVP (canine/feline) residency and master’s degree in human-animal bond studies program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. It was through this unique program that he was able to enhance his medical and surgical skills while developing expertise in human-animal relationships. Specifically, he published research investigating the effects of animal-assisted interventions on the behavior and physiology of the animals themselves.
In addition to his role in teaching veterinary students, he is the veterinary advisor for the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) program, the animal-assisted intervention program of the University of Tennessee, which is comprised of over 500 volunteers at facilities throughout east Tennessee. He has been actively engaged in animal-assisted interventions with his own golden retriever, Grace.
Zenny’s clinical interests include behavior, dentistry, preventive medicine, and management of gastrointestinal and renal disease. His research interests include the effect of animal-assisted interventions on both humans and animals and is currently investigating the effect of the presence of a dog on anxiety and dose of anesthesia in children with cancer