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Virtual conference: The importance of the human-animal bond for veterinarians | News

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and IDEXX, a global leader in pet healthcare innovation, today hosted a conference with Dr. Jason Johnsonvice president and global medical director at IDEXX, and Steven Feldmanpresident of HABRI, discussing compelling data on the importance of veterinarians as trusted resources for pet owners on the science of the human-animal bond.

“IDEXX is extremely proud of its support of HABRI, its scientific research exploring the health benefits of human-animal bonding, and our partnership on this lecture series,” said Dr. Jason Johnson, vice president and global medical director at IDEXX. “By sharing how the human-animal bond grows stronger and how important it is to the health and well-being of people and their pets, we believe we can make a meaningful difference to the veterinary profession.”

The Human-Animal Bonding Lecture Series was created to connect animal health professionals and pet owners to the science of the human-animal bond in a free, easy-to-use virtual format. Upcoming conferences in 2022 will feature academic researchers presenting new scientific studies investigating the health benefits of human-animal interaction (HAI), from child health to healthy aging. The talks will also aim to provide veterinary teams with the tools they need to engage with their clients on these topics, which have been shown to improve compliance and care.

“With awareness of the science of human-animal bonding higher than ever before, we want to equip veterinarians to be at the center of these conversations,” said HABRI’s president. Steven Feldman. “HABRI is grateful for the continued support and leadership of IDEXX. Together, we look forward to bringing the science of the human-animal bond to a wider audience of animal health professionals and pet owners.

Animal health professionals who view these sessions live will be eligible to receive a RACE-approved continuing education (CE) credit through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). The conferences will remain available on request at


HABRI is a non-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of research and information on human-animal bonding; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about research into human-animal bonds and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information, please visit


IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a member of the S&P 500® Index and is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, offering diagnostic and software products and services that provide solutions and information to practicing veterinarians around the world. IDEXX products enhance veterinarians’ ability to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency, and create more efficient and cost-effective practices. IDEXX is also a world leader in providing diagnostic testing and information for livestock and poultry and testing for the quality and safety of water and milk and point-of-care and laboratory diagnostics for human medicine. Based at Maine, IDEXX employs more than 10,000 people and provides products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information about IDEXX, please visit:

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