Scores of Cats and Dogs earn Degrees including Police Dog
YOU CAN TELL when a country is run by muppets, family pets get degrees. In fact, it gives a whole new meaning that 'a country has gone to the dogs'.
Listed here are some of the many animals who have made the university grade, and that goes for dead cats too - clearly these establishments are not fussy. Many online learning courses do not take photo ID or any form of ID whatsoever but they are more than happy to take the cash.
It has also been known that, under certain educational schemes, some Governments (such as the UK) have been pouring out grants to bogus establishments.
It's a matter of time before a university prospectus will look like a zoo.
Cats Zoe D. Katze
"Dr." Zoe D. Katze is a housecat owned by Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP. Dr. Eichel was able to obtain several well-known hypnotherapy certifications as well as Board-certification (Diplomate) status with the American Psychotherapy Association for his cat. The certification of "Dr." Katze has been cited in several books and articles on credentialing scams, and has appeared in psychology and forensic curricula. Dr. Eichel also served as the consultant to the BBC investigation that ultimately led to the certification of George the cat by various U.K. hypnosis associations.
Colby Nolan belongs to a deputy attorney general. In looking to expose Trinity Southern University for fraud, some undercover agents had the then six-year-old Colby Nolan obtain a bachelor's degree in business administration for $299. On the cat's application, the agents claimed that the cat had previously taken courses at a community college, worked at a fast-food restaurant, babysat, and maintained a newspaper route. Then the school informed Colby that, due to the job experience listed on his application, he was eligible for an executive MBA for $100 more. The agents then sent for Colby's transcript, which claimed that Nolan had a 3.5 grade point average.
On December 11, 1967, The Times reported that Oliver Greenhalgh, a cat, had been accepted as a Fellow of the English Association of Estate Agents and Valuers.
In 2009, George, a cat owned by Chris Jackson, the presenter of the BBC show Inside Out, was registered with three professional organizations, the British Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming, the United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists, and the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association, securing George's accreditation as a hypnotherapist.
Tobias F. Schaeffer
In 1986, Rhode Island real estate appraiser Roy Schaeffer obtained a Certified Real Estate Appraiser (CREA) designation from the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (NAREA) for his cat, Tobias F (for Feline) Schaeffer. He displayed his certification above his litter box.
In 1973, Florida newspaper The Ledger obtained a high school diploma from "Washington High Academy" for "Kitty O'Malley", a cat also known as Spanky.
Dogs Chester Ludlow
In June 2009 a pug dog from Vermont named Chester Ludlow received an online MBA from Rochville University.
John I. Rocko
It was alleged during a trial on drug charges that (John I.) Rocko, a police dog, had the same criminal justice degree from Concordia College and University as the local police chief in Ohio.
In 2010, Mark Howard QC, a member of the legal team for the defendants in BSkyb Ltd & Anor v HP Enterprise Services UK Ltd & Anor  EWHC 86 obtained a MBA degree for his dog Lulu from Concordia College and University.