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Area students get chance to diagnose Steve the dog at Argosy University

On Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m.-noon, Steve the dog will be helping more than 40 students from Highland Park, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Hudson and St. Croix Central high schools diagnose his fictitious malady to learn more about careers in the field of veterinary medicine as part of Minnesota’s statewide 4H Week. Photo courtesy of Argosy University, Twin Cities

Steve is an 8-year-old Golden Retriever owned by Argosy University, Twin Cities Veterinary Technology Program Chair Dr. Julie Hansen. It will take dozens of teens to find out what is wrong with him.

On Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m.-noon. Steve will be helping more than 40 students from Highland Park, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Hudson and St. Croix Central high schools diagnose his fictitious malady to learn more about careers in the field of veterinary medicine as part of Minnesota's statewide 4H Week.

Steve is the willing volunteer for many veterinary-related educational programs at the non-profit university.

At this event, instructors will lead students in small exercises in the university's veterinary technology labs to diagnose Steve's illness (he is not actually sick but is showing real promise as an animal actor). And, while Steve will not be harmed in any way, shape or form for the event, he will most definitely be pet, hugged, loved and altogether adored by the dozens of teenagers participating.