ELANCO HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND LECTURE | Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Dr. Maggie O’Haire, Assistant Professor, Human-Animal Interaction
The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond
Don’t miss this fascinating lecture that explores the science behind the Human-Animal bond. 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.
( 1 CE) Stewart Center, Eliza Fowler Hall, 7:00 p.m. Open to the public.
GENERAL WELLNESS KEYNOTE | Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Dr. Michele Gaspar, Feline Internal Medicine Consultant, Veterinary Information Network
Some Thoughts on Saving and Reclaiming our Profession
Grab lunch, then sit and enjoy it as you listen to this important and relevant lecture by Dr. Michele Gaspar who
will share some thoughts on recent information showing that veterinarians in the US have an increased risk for
suicide and a significant number suffer from depression and anxiety. Many veterinarians complain of burnout
and compassion fatigue and wonder if the profession is really worth it. Are there possible answers to how we
can save and reclaim the profession for ourselves and the next generation of veterinarians? This session will
explore some of the ways we can all become less stressed, happier and mentally healthier.
( 1 CE) PMU North Ballroom, 12:00 p.m. Lunch available for purchase.
DR. JACK AND NAOMI STOCKTON LECTURE | Thursday, September 10, 2015
Dr. Candace Croney, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science
Food Fight! Factors Shaping Public Debates and Policy on Farm Animal Welfare
Meeting global food demands requires balancing the needs and interests of people, animals and the
environment. Unfortunately, such discussions have become politicized, polarized and often, unproductive.
Embedded social justice issues, relating to animal welfare, human health and rural community impacts, are
particularly contentious. Food producers are increasingly concerned that science is inadequately represented
in policy debates. Dr. Candace Croney, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science, will review the roles of
science, ethics, politics and public perceptions in current discussions of farm animal welfare policy.
( 1 CE) Stewart Center, Loeb Playhouse, 4:30 p.m.
United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
USDA National Veterinary Accreditation modules are offered each day during the
conference. Each module counts as one APHIS training unit and one CE credit.