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UC Davis conference: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community

October 31st, 2014 by Mary Wood

All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community

November 15-18, 2014

Keynote Speaker Frans de Waal
speaker information ; conference schedule
UC Davis campus and special off site locations
Conference registration $25 students, $45 faculty


UC Davis Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Research Group

The UC Davis Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Research Group gathers participants from the Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Veterinary Science, the School of Law, and other fields to investigate contemporary and historical manifestations of animal issues such as the roles and uses of animals in society and cultural production, animal law, medical practice, ethics and animal rights, and broader theoretical questions of nonhuman life and animal status. The group seeks to advance and develop the field of Animal Studies through intensive multidisciplinary dialogue across diverse fields in conference, seminar, and publication settings. The group also supports activities including reading groups and research presentations.

Addressing Evidence-based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

October 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Request for Proposals

Deadline: December 1, 2014


The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation seeks to demonstrate that our relationship with pets and animals make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and quality of life. HABRI does this by advancing the growing body of evidence about the positive roles that companion animals play in the integrated health of individuals, families and communities.

.HABRI is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. HABRI is interested in proposals that involve a variety of pet species (i.e. dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, small animals). Approximately $200,000 will be available for multiple grants. It is expected that between five and ten grants will be awarded. Proposals should focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of animals on humans within the following broad categories:

Child Health and Development
Healthy Aging
Mental Health and Wellness





HABRI, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation

2013 Bustad Award: UC Davis’ Ben Hart

July 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood


Dr. Benjamin L. Hart
2013 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year


On the eve the annual AVMA convention, the American Veterinary Medical Association named Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, Ph.D., the Bustard Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.

The award is named for the late Leo K. Bustad, DVM, Ph.D., a former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and past president of Pet Partners, a therapy animal training group based in Bellevue, Wash.
Veterinary Practice News
July 18, 2013


AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) funded researcher, Benjamin L. Hart, has been honored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the recipient of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award.

Dr. Hart is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis.
Health Technology Net
July 18, 2013


June 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood


2013 AVMA Annual Convention Chicago Illinois

2013 International Conference International Association of  Human-Animal Interaction Organizations

The IAHAIO Conference, July 20-23, will coincide with the AVMA Convention, July 19-23, 2013 in Chicago.

The Chicago convention will celebrate AVMA’s 150th Anniversary, incorporating a variety of resources to celebrate AVMA’s role and highlight the impact on the veterinary profession while honoring 150 years of dedication and achievement.

The International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) conference, this year held in conjunction with the AVMA, has the theme of “Humans and Animals: the inevitable bond“.

Registration for IAHAIO attendees is being administered through the AVMA. Visit this site to purchase tickets to IAHAIO events.

AVMA 2013 Bannerc

Dogs in WWII

December 3rd, 2012 by Mary Wood

Household canines serve in World War II


Semper Fido

Nov 30, 2012  /  This American Life
480: Animal Sacrifice (radio program, recording available, 20 minutes)
What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them

Susan Orlean, NY Times writer, tells about the moment America asked untrained household canines to make the ultimate sacrifice: to serve in World War II. Susan talks to a woman who remembers being a teenager when her dog Tommy joined the service, and digs into the National Archives to learn the fate of other dogs that fought on the front lines.



Dogs are inducted into the Army, Front Royal, VA, 1942. (111-SC-140929)



Soldiers and Animals in World War II

Fall 1996, Vol. 28, No. 3

Let the Records Bark!
Personal Stories of Some Special Marines in World War II

Winter 2011, Vol. 43, No. 4

Veterinary Social Work Summit – Call for Abstracts

September 12th, 2012 by Mary Wood

3rd International Veterinary Social Work Summit

April 11 – 13, 2013

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline November 1, 2012

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Veterinary Medicine

Registration Deadline March 11, 2013

Psychiatric Service Dogs and PTSD

April 14th, 2010 by Mary Wood

A recent New York Times article by Janie Lorber describes how psychiatric service dogs are being used to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Due to the success stories, there is legislation proposing a pilot program that would provide service dogs to veterans with PTSD, and research is being federally funded to determine if scientific studies support the anecdotal reports.

While not all related to the military, there have been scientific studies published on animal-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD.  The following databases and resources may be useful in a search:megtrees1.png



..DTIC Department of Defense funded and related research  (search  PTSD and dogs)

..PsycINFO (search KW=(ptsd) and KW=(animal-assisted or pets)psychiatric AND dogs)

..US Dept Veteran Affairs (search dogs)

..Googlescholar   (search “animal assisted” OR “service dogs” “ptsd”veterans psychiatric service dogs)


An interesting aside is that the puppies described in this article are raised and trained by prisoners through Puppies Behind Bars, a program based in New York state.  At least in this scenario, a single dog is providing therapy for two people with very different needs.