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Olympian Laura Muir steps off the track to work with dogs in need of homes

Olympian Laura Muirhas stepped off the track to work with dogs as part of her student obligations.

Olympic track athlete Laura Muir is having quite a successful 2016. At the age of 23, Muir is still in school but she has managed to break the British women’s 1,500m record twice, run at the Diamond League and become an Olympian, running against the best women in the world.

Now, she is back to student life and has just completed her placement working with dogs. As an aspiring vet, Muir is filling out her student resume while working on her degree. This fall, she has been working with a group of furry pals at Dogs Trust Darlington. Dogs Trust is a service that cares for canines without homes with a focus on rehoming them to responsible and loving pet owners.

One for the vets! #jamesherriot #vetlife #roadtrip #placement

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One of the aims of the charity (which is the largest of its kind in the UK) is to “never put a healthy dog down.” With its 21 locations, Dogs Trust cared for 17,000 dogs in 2015.

In the middle of last month, Muir tweeted about a surprise incident that happened while she was staying at a B&B for accommodation near her placement. As most athletes of her caliber experience, doping control can and will show up at the most unexpected of times. In her case, anti-doping officers showed up to test her while she was staying at the stranger’s home. While that’s common for pro athletes, it’s likely she was the only student to have this experience.

In the past, Muir has also worked with a local vet.

Muir went to Rio this year to compete in the women’s 1,500m. She made it through to the finals where she ran a 4:12.88 for a seventh place finish.