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The Human Animal Bond and Companion Animals: Implications for Animal Welfare, Society, and Veterinarians

Category: Workshop

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. All attendees will receive a copy of Companion Animal Economics to be collected at the event as part of their delegate feeEarly bird tickets are available now at £20 until 1st May. After the 1st May tickets will cost £25.

We are pleased to announce that after the 1st May we will be able to offer tickets to BSAVA members at the cost of £20.

We are now able to offer students free entry to the event. However, although entry is free you must register in order to receive the copy of Companion Animal Economics.

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

You can watch the presentations from the 2016 symposium now.

CABI and the RVC would like to thank Royal Canin for their generous sponsorship of this event

When: Wednesday 21 June, 2017, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
Where: Royal Veterinary College, University Of London (Camden Campus), Royal College St NW1 0TU United Kingdom
  1. Animal welfare
  2. Human-animal bond
  3. Mental health and well-being
  4. Pets and companion animals
  5. Physical health and well-being
  6. Veterinary medicine
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