KCU medical students spend their day helping the community

Kansas City University medical students in Joplin are spending the day giving back to the community.

"It's just been awesome, yeah,” says Colin Cox, a first year KCU student.

"It's a big part of who we are,” says Rebecca Bowden, a KCU professor..

Kansas City University Joplin students are doing community service at more than a dozen organizations around the area, including at the Humane Society.

"I got to take out a puppy and had a cute little guy licking my face,” says Colin Cox.

Students were able to help bathe puppies, and walk dogs.

"Watching them walk some of the dogs that haven't been out for awhile and have 8 or 10 dogs out at a time, and the look between the two of them or when they're sitting and playing in a play yard, that's all we really want,” says Rob Rauch with the Humane Society.

"It feels really good. I think that's a lot of our kind of outlook on life is giving back,” says Colin Cox.

"We try to get them used to the fact that as KCU students they will continue to volunteer, continue to do service to the community,” says Rebecca Bowden.

Also helping the students get more familiar with the area.

"A lot of us have come from long ways into Joplin and we really appreciate what the community has done for the medical school and it's just a great opportunity for us to give back to everybody here,” says Colin Cox.

Rauch says since the KCU Joplin campus has opened, students have been continually volunteering or fostering some of the animals.

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