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Thanks in part to the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville has gone to the dogs. Dog Fancy Magazine, the world’s most widely read dog magazine, named the city as the most dog friendly city in the Southeast.

Home to one of the most prestigious veterinary programs in the nation, UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine is at the forefront of veterinary science and has created education classes for the public to ensure proper care for pets. The magazine cited the school’s cutting edge veterinary and pet-friendly practices as one of the reasons for the distinguished recognition.

Knoxville’s Most Pet Friendly Community Committee, a group which includes Young-Williams Animal Center, PetSafe, as well as numerous patrons of animal welfare, were also cited as helping to transform Knoxville into one of best areas for pets. Knoxville also hosts many pet-friendly events, such as Mardi Growl, Bark in the Park, Doggie Date Night, and Yappy Hour. Also, more restaurants welcome pets on patios due to a recent city ordinance.

The issue of Dog Fancy Magazine hits newsstands on August 23.