Elanco Human-Animal Bond Lecture to Feature PVM Human-Animal Interaction Scholar

The public is invited to join Purdue Veterinary Conference attendees for the Elanco Human-Animal Bond Lecture Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015. Dr. Maggie O’Haire, assistant professor of human-animal interaction in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, will speak on the topic, “The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond.”  Dr. O’Haire is a member of both the PVM Center for the Human-Animal Bond, and the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science.  Noting that the popular press is rife with examples of the positive value of pets for people, Dr. O’Haire asked the question, “Does research support these compelling stories?”  From heart disease to autism to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), her session will unveil cutting-edge research that investigates the therapeutic value of animals for humans.

The Elanco Human–Animal Bond Lecture is an annual event and has alternated between the NAVC Conference, the Western Veterinary Conference and the Purdue Veterinary Conference. The 2015 Elanco Human-Animal Bond Lecture is open to the public and will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., September 8, in Fowler Hall in Stewart Center at Purdue University. A light reception will follow Dr. O'Haire's lecture.  Registered Purdue Veterinary Conference attendees also will have the opportunity to hear Dr. O’Haire speak as part of the Vet Tech Track 1 Wednesday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m. in Stewart Center Room 302. One continuing education (CE) credit will be offered for each of these lectures.

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