The Human Animal Bond and Companion Animals: Implications for Animal Welfare, Society and Veterinarians
Royal Veterinary College, University Of London (Camden Campus), Royal College St, NW1 0TU
Companion animals bring benefits to their owners in improvements to physical and mental health, and once the bond is established it can be life changing so that both the owner and the animal get so much more out of life. However these benefits are not always reciprocated and many pets suffer from anxiety and stress, with behavioural problems being the commonest cause of euthanasia of healthy animals. The human-animal bond has implications for animal welfare as well as human well-being, and is important to veterinary practice so that the veterinarian can build a clientele of healthy animals and satisfied clients.
This Symposium, the sixth organized by CABI and the RVC, explores the current knowledge of the cost of the human-animal bond, financially, emotionally and physically, from experts in the field. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr Martin Whiting and a reception networking event.
Speakers include: Professor Danny Mills, University of Lincoln, UK, Dr Siobahn Abeysinge, RVC, UK, Dr Sandra McCune, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, UK, Peter Gorbing, Dogs for Good, UK, Dr Alex German, Royal Canin Reader in Small Animal Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK.
Chaired by Martin Whiting, RVC, UK