Students at the city campus of Nottingham Trent University have been offered a free petting farm to help relieve exam stress.

It’s been set up outside the University’s Student Union which is across the road from the library, to encourage students to take a break.

The animal therapy include holding rabbits, goats, snakes, turtles and feeding ducks.

Kenya Flute, a Law student, says it’s been a welcome distraction from the pressure of preparing for end of term exams.

“I have four exams coming up and have been in the library all week, so its been nice to have a break i find this therapeutic.”

Kenya Flute

Image: students reaction on Twitter 

according to animalsmart.org studies show that interactions with therapy animals can decrease stress in humans.

Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. These hormonal changes can help a nervous child feel more relaxed about reading aloud. Reduced stress can also benefit physical health. In a 2001 study, researchers found that pet-owning patients with high blood pressure could keep their blood pressure lower during times of mental stress than patients without pets.”

Image: Student at the mobile petting farm