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C-P.A.W.W. Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors

Health Research Initiative for Veterans

Welcome to C-P.A.W.W., Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors: a Health Research Initiative for Veterans in the College of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. The C-P.A.W.W. initiative was established in October 2013 to advance the health and well-being of members of the armed forces. At C-P.A.W.W., we are committed to the evolution of nursing knowledge within the context of research, education and practice in order to better assist the military population. We invite you to explore our site, which is aimed at advancing the standards of care for our military veterans in our region and beyond.


The mission of C-P.A.W.W. is to comprehensively advance interdisciplinary research, education and practice protocols for wounded warriors and veterans through the development of evidence-based and restorative interventions, to support military-related health initiatives by building community partnerships, to investigate therapeutic interventions--particularly those involving canine assistance-- that positively influence health outcomes, and to emphasize system planning, innovative public policymaking, and thorough protocols of care development for the armed forces.


C-P.A.W.W. joins with community partners who provide support for our military, advance evidence-based practice protocols in military-related clinical settings and promote the delivery of culturally-congruent and competent care for the military members.

Dr. Krause-Parello  

Our Team

Meet the C-P.A.W.W. team: Director, Research Assistants, Professional Research Assistants, and the dogs and handlers that make it all possible.


Our Partners

Learn about C-P.A.W.W.'s partners, and visit their sites to learn more about what you can do to help their initiatives.


Our Research

Browse Dr. Krause-Parello's various research initiatives, and learn more about animal-assisted intervention (AAI) and military-focused AAI.


In the Media

AAI, military-focused AAI, Dr. Krause-Parello, and the C-P.A.W.W. initiative have received a lot of attention! Find out more here.


C-P.A.W.W. Events​​​

Check here regularly for upcoming events, or get caught up on what the C-P.A.W.W. team has been up to. Learn more here.


Contact Us​​​

If you have any questions or comments about our program or intiatives, contact us today!