PVM Researcher’s Study of PTSD and Service Dogs Featured on WLFI-TV 18

July 31, 2015

A study being led by Dr. Maggie O’Haire, assistant professor of human-animal interaction in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, and a member of the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science, and the Center for the Human Animal Bond, was featured in a story this week on WLFI-TV in Lafayette. The first of its kind study is designed to measure the effects of service dogs on post 9-11 war veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The report broadcast on TV 18 Wednesday (July 29) told the story of a veteran with PTSD and her service dog, and then quoted Dr. O’Haire as she explained the value of the research.  “You hear every now and again of wonderful stories, but there hasn’t actually been any systematic study where we look at, are [veterans’] physiological stress levels lower, are their standardized measures of their symptoms reducing when they have their dog,” Dr. O’Haire said. “Things that make the difference for insurance and make the difference for health care actually haven’t been studied.” The study is funded with a grant from the HABRI (Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative) Foundation. Dr. O’Haire expects to report on the study’s findings by spring 2016.  Click here to view the TV-18 story.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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