Human animal bond and companion animals

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Event date

21 August 2017

Venue location

Royal Veterinary College (Camden Campus)
4 Royal College Street


Robert Taylor, 01491 829450

Event type

Partner events


Early bird ticket (before 1st May) - £20

BSAVA member ticket - £20

Standard ticket - £20

Student ticket - Free

Event Description

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 6th 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 speakers are Professor Danny Mills (Univ. Lincoln), Dr Siobahn Abeysinge (RVC), Dr Sandra McCune (Waltham Pet Nutrition), Dr Alex German (Univ. Liverpool), and Peter Gorbing (Dogs for Good). The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr Martin Whiting and a reception networking event.