Call for human-animal bond research proposals

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The American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians and WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, a pet care and nutrition research facility in the United Kingdom, are collaborating on a research program to explore the nature of the human-animal bond.

The two organizations have issued a call for proposals for investigations into areas of human-animal interaction that have not been explored or that need further examination. The AAH-ABV and WALTHAM are particularly interested in questions regarding the impact of pets on the physical well-being of children, such as immunity, allergy, and obesity; how pets affect the quality of life of elderly people; and how culture impacts the human-animal bond. Proposals must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2007.

The AAH-ABV provides education, resources, and support that enhance the ability of veterinarians to create positive and ethical relationships among people, animals, and their environment. WALTHAM is dedicated to progressing the health and welfare of pets worldwide and provides the research behind Mars Inc. Pet Care brands.

For more information about the call for proposals and for an application form, visit AAH-ABV online at