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Elanco Lecture Examines Human Animal Bond

The Elanco Companion Animal Health 2011 Lectureship Series brought bestselling author and veterinarian Nick Trout to Purdue University as part of the PVM Fall Conference to address the human-animal bond and its impact on veterinary medicine. Dr. Trout spoke Tuesday night (9/20) of Fall Conference week on the topic, “Extreme Bond: where is the new importance of companion animals taking veterinary medicine?” During the free public lecture in the Purdue Memorial Union, Dr. Trout gave a variety of illustrations from his experiences as a staff surgeon at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. A 1989 graduate of the veterinary school at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Trout is a diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. He is the author of three books, the New York Times bestseller “Tell Me Where it Hurts,” “Love is the Best Medicine,” and his newest work, published this spring, “Ever By My Side.” Prior to his lecture, Dr. Trout conducted an autograph session at a reception in his honor. Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Director of the Center for the Human Animal Bond, Dr. Alan Beck, said Dr. Trout’s experiences at Angell Animal Medical Center give him a unique perspective with which to gain insight into the complex nature of the human-pet relationship.

This was the fifth year for the Elanco Companion Health lectureship series, which was endowed through a gift to the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine by Elanco Companion Animal Health. The series has featured world-renowned speakers who broadened the veterinary profession’s understanding of the human-pet bond through presentations at the Center and at leading national veterinary conferences. At the conclusion of the lecture, Elanco Animal Health representative and Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumnus, Dr. Tony Rumschlag presented Dr. Trout with a commemorative miniature version of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s “Continuum” sculpture located in front of Lynn Hall.

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