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The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond

The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond

The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond

Maggie O'Haire, PhD
Maggie O'Haire, PhD
on behalf of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine



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Launch date: 16 Dec 2015
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Last updated: 01 Jan 2021

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James McMinn (30 Nov 2020)
Loved it!
Nadine Kerstetter (10 Sep 2020)
The presenter was engaging and relayed her findings fluently. I enjoyed the presentation overall. Although, I was hoping for a more encompassing learning experience on the human-animal bond instead of just a fraction of what it entails. Can not wait to see more studies.
Gill Williams (23 Aug 2020)
A lot of information to take in!! More recent case studies would be interesting.

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The popular press is rife with examples of the positive value of pets for people. But does the research support these compelling stories? In this talk, you will discover the latest science behind our bond with man’s best friend and other species. From heart disease to autism to veterans with PTSD, this session will unveil cutting edge research that investigates the therapeutic value of animals for humans.


The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond - Objective:
Discuss and review research supporting the therapeutic value of animals for humans.
Maggie O'Haire, PhD

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Maggie O'Haire, PhD
on behalf of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

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  • University Accredited Veterinary CE
  • 0.50 Hours

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User Reviews (89)

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James McMinn (30 Nov 2020)
Loved it!
Nadine Kerstetter (10 Sep 2020)
The presenter was engaging and relayed her findings fluently. I enjoyed the presentation overall. Although, I was hoping for a more encompassing learning experience on the human-animal bond instead of just a fraction of what it entails. Can not wait to see more studies.
Gill Williams (23 Aug 2020)
A lot of information to take in!! More recent case studies would be interesting.
Mrs Cynthia Gohier (8 Jun 2020)
A great course. Very interesting data. More studies are needed.
Alexandra Jack (26 May 2020)
There was a lot of very interesting information presented in a relatively easy to understand manner.
Debbie Hennessee (15 May 2020)
Nice pace. Not repetitive.
Samantha Wadsworth (14 May 2020)
I liked some of the topics and the open mind that it is not only dog/cats. I did feel the video was very dry and was hard to follow at times
Jillian Blake (25 Apr 2020)
Interesting information!
Megan Anderson (13 Apr 2020)
It was very interesting to see that point of view in regards to animals
Jodie Spencer (13 Apr 2020)
I appreciated the speaker's evidence-based approach to her research. The lecture was interesting and engaging and made me want to learn more.
Meagan Anders (10 Apr 2020)
Found this course to be extremely interesting, and loved every minute of it. Kept my interest throughout the entire course.
MaKayla Jones (7 Apr 2020)
It is very unique and give insight into human and animal bonds
Ms Margaret Petersen CVT (16 Mar 2020)
It was hard to hear the speaker at times. The print was small and hard to visualize at times. Over i liked the presentation.
Danny Casey (13 Mar 2020)
Integrating human and veterinary psychology seems to prove to be beneficial. Providing scientific case studies with autistic children showed convincing data that animal interaction provided positive physiological and psychological effects, as well as important social bonding.
Kendra Chaney (7 Mar 2020)
Very informative video that taught me alot of science behind this topic
The content was interesting. The video quality was "spotty" at times. Sometimes the video itself was a bit blurry and would loose sound. Subtitles might be beneficial.
Sasha Pedrosa (26 Feb 2020)
Felt this was a good course.
Amy Bradford (25 Feb 2020)
Great material, look forward to future research.
Maryann Clark (9 Feb 2020)
I liked it, it was really informative and opened me up to a lot more in the way of assistance to my own children with animals.
Miss Madeline Bruggeman (4 Feb 2020)
This was a really interesting course. I loved that it covered multiple areas related to the Human-Animal Bond and included information related to research as well as information related to daily life.
rakel golisch (31 Jan 2020)
The audio kept going in and out
Natasha Fogg (23 Dec 2019)
Taylor Lahr (8 Dec 2019)
I LOVED this course. Very interesting information delivered very well.
Tamara Hills (2 Dec 2019)
They has shed some light on the science behind the bond human share with animals and how it can be helpful in healthcare.
Ms Allison Phillips LVT (18 Nov 2019)
Great course! Would be interested in learning about the studies to come as well as other factors, ppl with dementia, etc.
Emily Norvaisis (12 Nov 2019)
Much enjoyed. Looking forward to hearing more.
Carol Foster (17 Oct 2019)
Good presentation with lots of information - many areas for me to further research! Thanks!
Dr McLean Gunderson DVM (15 Oct 2019)
Interesting content.
Miss Angela Hageman LVT (27 Sep 2019)
Very interesting with fun facts I can share with clients.
Mrs Donalda Dalgity DipVN (8 Sep 2019)
Web cut out a bit in places
Emily Gold (13 May 2019)
I loved the course, it was interesting and very informative.
Mrs Jennifer McGuirk (4 Apr 2019)
Good course, interesting. Sound quality a little off.
Zandra Andre (21 Mar 2019)
Very interesting evidence-based presentation of the science behind the human-animal bond
Ms Daniela Mazzara (15 Mar 2019)
very interesting
Vanessa Smith (2 Mar 2019)
during the beginning of the video the sound cut out for a few seconds.
Mrs Breanna Portwood (23 Feb 2019)
I enjoyed this course. I think there was some good beginning data on the interaction between humans and animals. I would like to research more into statistics on this subject.
John Lobdell (9 Feb 2019)
Interesting and thought provoking
Jazzlyn Cabaccang (5 Feb 2019)
Poor audio but good course and interesting topics covered.
Ms Laura Aylesworth (25 Jan 2019)
I have my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and hope to be studying this type of work in the future. This gave me hope for a possible future career opportunity
Jennifer Wright (21 Jan 2019)
Great information!
Brittany Zinke (7 Jan 2019)
I really enjoyed this lecture. It not only confirmed what I already thought but also showed me other outlooks on animal therapy and how it helps with ppl that have disorders severe or minor.
Trudy Salerno (19 Dec 2018)
I am a retired Army Veterinarian and had no idea that so very few studies have been done. This is an eye opener!
Carolyn Antosy (10 Nov 2018)
Sound cut out a few times in the beginning of the video
Nicole Seamans (31 Oct 2018)
Very interesting and truly gripping to watch! Loved this lecture :)
Callie Musgrove (30 Oct 2018)
This was very educational.
Megan Amelang (16 Oct 2018)
Very interesting seminar to watch. I learned a lot in a short amount of time and it was easy to watch.
Barbara MillerNickerson (9 Oct 2018)
I gained lot of useful information in a short period of time. I really enjoyed it.
Ms Cassandra Shaw CVT, ALAT (19 Sep 2018)
Very informative, class was difficult to hear at times.
Ms kelly riedmiller RVT (28 Aug 2018)
Very interested in using my vet tech license to start a program for pet companions for ptsd war vets/firefighters/policepeople/retired at risk for suicide careers ( corrections officers) so this helped in my research. Also... there are many YouTube videos with documentaries or video footage with war vets and their companion animals. Proof right there. Thank you, Kelly
Eduardo Roldan (24 Aug 2018)
The lecture is very interesting and educational. the audio cuts out for a minute during one of the slides.
Mason Beasley (22 Aug 2018)
The information presented was thought provoking and very interesting. I think more studies like those mentioned in the video would be helpful in understanding different ways of treating trauma/mental issues.
Jenna Foreman (22 Aug 2018)
Very interesting
Jessica Claudio (12 Aug 2018)
Essential knowledge for the growing field of animal assisted intervention.
Ivy Sudduth (23 Jul 2018)
This video piqued an interest of mine from long ago. The presenter was very engaging and authentic. I am now encouraged to read more about Dr. O'Haire's studies in the are of human/animal interaction.
Ms Alaina Martin (19 Jul 2018)
This is not a PowerPoint presentation, rather a lecture. I was unable to view the slides she presented. Take notes.
Dr Stephen W. Long,DVM dvm (25 Jun 2018)
very good for the soul and education.
Benjamin Dick (13 Jun 2018)
Very good presentation
Gabriela Nieves (24 May 2018)
parts of video lack sound and other parts jump/glitch
Bruce Ferguson (8 May 2018)
Well-done, thanks!
Payton Williams (30 Apr 2018)
I found this course to be very interesting. The exam wasn't as hard as I expected, but I loved the seminar.
Tram Le (6 Apr 2018)
Some parts had no volume.
Dr David Loehndorf (26 Jan 2018)
This course utilized facts and research to give an assessment of how animals can improve the lives of children with autism, abuse victims and military veterans.
Zdena Dvorakova (21 Jan 2018)
Very good course
Mrs Rebecca Strong (12 Jan 2018)
Very interesting - a fascinating topic and Maggie was a lively and awesome speaker
Dr C.Meril Raj. B.V.Sc., (3 Jan 2018)
very useful and unique course for field vets
Mark Brannan (31 Dec 2017)
Interesting material!
Jacqueline Brito (31 Dec 2017)
Good lecture, however there are issues with being able to hear the speaker.
Mrs Bethany Seal LVT (29 Dec 2017)
Very interesting
Adam Kee (27 Dec 2017)
Very interesting talk
Dr Amanda Cushing (20 Dec 2017)
Excellent research, volume could be a bit louder and speaker a bit clearer (in terms of pronunciation)
danielle foster (2 May 2017)
great information
Ms Trishia Mackey (30 Apr 2017)
Great Training
Dr Joseph Orthoefer DVM, Mph, MAPA (23 Apr 2017)
Very interesting. always felt better when I had a dog. I think I better understand why
Mrs Antonia Schwab RVT (2 Mar 2017)
Interesting topics, and outcomes. Great lecture.
Ms brenda miller (25 Feb 2017)
I found this course to be very interesting!
Mrs Summer Stuart (18 Feb 2017)
Good presentation
Dr Stephanid Clark CVT, PhD (17 Feb 2017)
Excellent, except in the first part, the sound goes out for a minute or two
Dr Kari Kobus DVM (24 Jan 2017)
Very good presentation, helpful that there is a "name" for what we are measuring and great job linking beneficial results in the social treatment of autism.
Dr Sarah Hicks (20 Jan 2017)
Very informative. Sometimes we assume there have been large scale studies proving ideas that we would like to believe. Though I would love to see more research in this area, I am happy to be properly informed about the actual number of studies performed thus far.
Dr Stacii Comstock DVM (11 Jan 2017)
Good presentation but hard to read screen presentation; would have been nice to have slides clearer and available for review/printing. Very interesting material though.
Dr Jeannette Molina DVM (3 Jan 2017)
Good lecture. Very interesting and scientific.
Dr Rosemary Nicoletta DVM (31 Dec 2016)
Excellent speaker; engaging voice, interesting and new material. Fresh, enthusiastic.
Dr Cynthia Reed CVT, MD (28 Dec 2016)
Great talk.
Mrs Jessica Hammond Rvt (22 Dec 2016)
this lecture was great
Miss Sara Novak CVT (21 Nov 2016)
Very interesting introductory information to this area of study. I will be interested to see what research comes out in the near future about these topics.
Mrs Kelly Hartley CVT (10 Nov 2016)
Great lecture
Dr Cynthia Grebel Dvm (9 Nov 2016)
Good info.
Dr Shelly Rodewald (29 Oct 2016)
Very well spoken lecturer and clear presentation.
Mrs Sandra Reiser CVT (22 Oct 2016)
I'm not sure how I failed the first test. I'm pretty sure my answers were the same if not I may have only miss 1 or 2. I don't know if you can check this and get back to me or not. Thank you It was very informative.


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