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Note: A guest post by Purdue University Press staff member Dianna Gilroy is written as part of University Press Week and the blog tour coordinated by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). The AAUP requested blog posts today on staff members making good and doing interesting things in their communities. Below, Dianna shares her passion for her work, editing books, and her work with dogs in our community.

I have been happy in my job as a member of the editorial team at Purdue University Press in working mainly on our scholarly books in the humanities, such as the Central European Studies series and Comparative Cultural Studies series, which I love; but also close to my heart is our New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond series, which connects closely to my work outside the press for animal adoption and welfare and has deepened my understanding of the importance of our connections with animals. The series examines all aspects of human-animal interaction and welfare, including animal-assisted therapy, public policy in areas from hoarding to dog parks, and humane ethics. I have marveled at the series’ accounts of the extraordinary relationships between people and animals—the physical and psychological healing abilities of dogs, the treatment of troubled young people through their connections with animals, and the value of animal parks and activities in our neighborhoods.

Afternoons with Puppy relates psychologist Aubrey Fine’s groundbreaking work in using animals to connect to children with, for example, ADHD, afternoons-w-puppy-coverlearning disabilities, or developmental disorders. In the case study of “Charles,” Fine sensed the boy’s feeling of humiliation and isolation, “revealed in a lowering of his head, a reluctance to make eye contact, and a slumping of his shoulders.” He brought in his golden retriever, Puppy, about whom he writes, “I am convinced that she possessed or more readily utilized some innate sense that allows her to respond to clients faster and on a different level than I can. In fact, I’ve learned that nonhuman contact allows for a huge increase in a patient’s comfort level while in the office.”

Fine notes that one strategy he uses in therapy is empathy, something that those of us who live with dogs have recognized in our beautiful friends again and again.

The discussion of animals’ usefulness in assisting those with psychological challenges has been growing recently, but for some time there has been popular and scientific documentation showing that the partnership with animals, especially dogs, facilitates the healing of a variety of physiological problems. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound is a recent book that grew out of a program in Columbia, Missouri, where community residents went to the local animal shelter weekly for four weeks to walk a shelter dog for one hour. The project has helped over 1000 dogs to get their exercise, improve their leash-walking skills, and improve their socialization and chances at adoption, all the while making the volunteers more physically active themselves. Authors Phil Zeltzman and Rebecca A. Johnson outline a multitude of health and social benefits associated with dog ownership. For example, people who own dogs are healthier than people who don’t and make fewer visits to their doctor; dogs can lower our blood pressure, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels; dog owners are more likely to survive after having a heart attack; dog owners, especially older ones, are more likely to get out with a pet, stay involved with others, and participate in recreational activities; and the presence of dogs makes neighborhoods safer by increasing social interactions and bringing a regular, reassuring presence to the area: it has been shown that people who have a dog with them are viewed by others as more likeable than those without a dog.

Teaming with Your Therapy Dog looks closely at the intimate relationship between therapy-dog handlers and their dogs, and recognizes the need for handlers to be respectful teammates with their dogs. Author Ann Howie notes that being a teammate requires attention to our own behavior, not just our dog’s. She offers those who live with therapy dogs principles of good teamwork and illustrates how they fit with the Therapy Dog’s Bill of Rights. Reviewer Kathy Klotz writes of the importance of these principles: “If we truly care about our dog partners who give themselves so valiantly to this kind of work, we realize that the role of a handler in a therapy team is pivotal. We must protect, advocate, and speak for our dogs, so that they can trust our support in the emotionally challenging situations in which we place them.”

I understand first-hand both the benefits and responsibilities that come with the human-animal relationship. Since I arrived in West Lafayette for graduate school, I have tried to help people understand the joy of dogs and the need to come to the aid of homeless animals. I have served on the board of a newly created dog park in Lafayette, which gives dog lovers in the community a place to meet other like-minded people and give both people and pets a place for fresh air and exercise. The board has also offered free talks at the local library about dog training, dog health issues, and other topics. Our park has been a clear benefit to the neighborhood in which it is located, in the ways that Zeltzman and Johnson describe. Crime has gone down, and the park has hosted many community events since it opened.

I have participated in or led a team in the local “Doggie Dash,” an annual fund-raising event for a no-kill animal shelter. The event raised awareness of the problem of homeless animals and raised several thousand dollars each year for the shelter.

And through the online global community, I have worked on a charity calendar through an online group of dog lovers called the #BTPosse (Border Terrier Posse on Twitter), a group located mainly in the UK but also in the EU, US, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand. Since I started working on the calendar in 2014, we have raised about $25,000 for a UK shelter and animal welfare group. The #BTPosse is a bt-posse-calendarfascinating and endearing community of dogs (and their “staff”) who have their own accounts on twitter and speak to one another as dogs. Terms such as “noms,” “zoomies,” “sunpuddling,” “skwizzels,” “curious ears,” and “BOL” (bark out loud) appear in their conversations, as their “typists” channel the personalities of these charming terriers. The #BTPosse is a unique testament to the joy, hilarity, and wonder of the human-animal bond.


The Veterinary Medicine Section of the Medical Library Association will receive the MLA Section Project of the Year award at the 2016 annual meeting May 15-18 for Promoting and Advocating for the Profession: Creating a Multi-Faceted Illustrated History of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section (VMLS) and Its Impact. Gretchen Stephens, associate professor and veterinary medicine liaison, health & life sciences, Purdue University Libraries, was the section archivist and a collaborator on the project. It is described in the following publication:

L. M. Ray, Vicki F. Croft, Susanne K. Whitaker & Gretchen Stephens. (2015). Impacting Librarianship and Veterinary Medicine: History of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association from 1974 to 2014. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information 16(3): 252-270. DOI: 10.1080/10496505.2015.1052907

Congratulations to Gretchen and the team on this award-winning project.

West Lafayette, Ind. – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) are collaborating with Purdue University Press to make essential health information freely available online.

Every day researchers gain new insights into the dynamic relationship between people and animals, discovering, for example, how dog ownership improves heart health or how interaction with guinea pigs may help socialize autistic children. However, up-to-date summaries of this evidence are difficult to access for the wide range of health professionals who could apply it to improve clinical practice, such as veterinarians, nurses, social workers, and therapists.

This is the challenge that a new book series, “Pets and People,” will engage with, providing syntheses of the latest research and examples of best practice in the field. Topics and contributors will be selected by the AVMA’s Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions, which will also be responsible for managing the review and selection process.

“There is a thirst for knowledge about how our daily interactions with companion animals impact health, but a lot of misinformation exists,” said Dr. Emily Paterson-Kane, animal welfare scientist in the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Division. “Authoritative research is too often hidden in learned journals spread across many different disciplines, and most people don’t have access. This new series will bring together the latest science with great examples of applications in the field and make these overviews openly accessible to all.”

Thanks to an innovative publication process, sections will be made available online through the “Pets and People” series website as they are finished. This immediate availability, free-of-charge to all readers, is made possible by the HABRI Foundation, which is subsidizing the production costs of the series as part of its commitment to stimulating innovation in the field.

“We know that the companionship of an animal is often good for us, and this book series will tell us why,” said HABRI President Bob Vetere. “These volumes will provide an essential guide to the tens of thousands of information resources now catalogued by HABRI Central, the community’s online information hub.”

When all sections are completed, final books will be published by Purdue University Press in affordable print and e-book formats. Contributions to the first volumes will start to appear online in 2014 and will focus on cardiovascular health, healthy ageing, and depression and anxiety, three areas of intense research activity.

Dr. Alan Beck, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator on the HABRI Central project, is excited by the new partnership;

“The evidence that pets may improve health is strong enough to justify implementation of carefully designed and monitored pet placement programs and for basic research on the nature of the human-animal bond,” he said. “HABRI Central is a way to foster the collaboration necessary to address this diverse and growing area of study, and the expansion of the publishing component of the project through this new book series promises to substantially extend the impact of research in this area.”

About the American Veterinary Medical Association

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is the largest veterinary medical organization in the world.  As a not-for-profit association established to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, the AVMA is the recognized national voice for the veterinary profession. The association’s more than 84,000 members comprise approximately 80 percent of U.S. veterinarians who are involved in a myriad of areas of veterinary medical practice including private, corporate, academic, industrial, governmental, nonprofit, military and public health services.

About the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative

HABRI is a broad coalition of companies, organizations, entities and individuals whose mission is to achieve formal, widespread scientific recognition that validates and supports the positive roles of pets and animals in the integrated health of families and communities, leading to informed decisions in human health. It was founded by The American Pet Product Association, Petco Animal Supplies Inc., and Zoetis (formerly the animal health business of Pfizer).

About Purdue University Press

Purdue University Press publishes scholarly books, journals, and other digital products in veterinary studies, technology, public policy, science engineering and select fields in the humanities and social sciences. It is a department of Purdue University Libraries and is dedicated to advancing the land-grant university mission by maximizing access to authoritative information in the fields it serves.

Contacts: AVMA: Sharon Curtis Granskog, 847-285-6619, sgranskog@avma.org

HABRI: Brooke Gersich, 775-322-4022, brooke@theimpetusagency.com

Purdue University: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Press and the School of Veterinary Medicine will develop a new online resource to further the study of the human-animal bond.The site – HABRI Central – will serve as a comprehensive bibliography and repository of scholarly material, an online publishing platform for peer-reviewed content, and a virtual collaborative community for those involved in human-animal bond studies.

The project is the first to be funded by the nonprofit Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, the founding sponsors of which are the American Pet Products Association, PETCO and Pfizer Animal Health. The collaborators will receive a grant of $831,535 for the project.

When it is launched in early 2012, HABRI Central will provide researchers, practitioners and other professionals with easy access to a comprehensive database of published and previously unpublished materials from a wide range of human-animal bond studies, including audiovisual material and datasets, as well as text.

Human-animal bond research is a relatively new area of study that explores the complex relationships between animals and humans. The field covers a diverse array of disciplines, including agriculture, anthropology, nursing, psychology, sociology, law, veterinary medicine and zoology. As the influence of the human-animal bond has expanded into multiple fields, growing numbers of researchers have begun to show interest. This recent growth has led to a strong need for a centralized collection of resources for human-animal bond studies.

Professor Alan Beck, director of the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for the Human-Animal Bond, and Charles Watkinson, director of Purdue Press, will oversee the project. Communications professional Christopher Charles will manage it. An editorial board of internationally acclaimed experts in the field will ensure that content is relevant to the community of human-animal bond scholars.

Professor Rebecca Johnson of the University of Missouri chairs the management advisory board. Bibliographic oversight will be provided by professor Gretchen Stephens, and the underlying taxonomy that will allow powerful browse and search capabilities will be created by professor Jane Yatcilla, both Purdue Libraries faculty members.

HABRI Central will be built upon the HUBzero platform for scientific collaboration developed at Purdue. The platform, originally designed to support the Network for Computational Nanotechnology’s nanoHUB.org, is used by more than 30 hubs in various fields.

“Evidence-based study of the human-animal bond is an interdisciplinary field of research conducted by a widely spread network of researchers. With its powerful and proven tools for building scholarly communities across national and disciplinary boundaries, HUBzero is the ideal partner to help us build HABRI Central,” Watkinson said.

Steve Hellem, executive director of the HABRI Foundation, said, “While a great deal of research has been done to date on the positive physical, mental and emotional human health benefits derived from our relationships with pets and other animals, it is scattered and difficult to access. By supporting a new online research center, we will enable further studies into the power of the human-animal bond, including ways to help humans make informed decisions about their own health.”

About Purdue University Press

A unit of Purdue Libraries, Purdue University Press is dedicated to publishing and disseminating scholarly and professional information. Purdue Press oversees 15 scholarly journals and publishes approximately 30 books annually in a variety of subject areas. It is a leading publisher of books in human-animal bond studies, and its program also includes significant titles in engineering, agriculture, health, business and select fields in the humanities and social sciences.

About the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine

The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in North America and the only one located in Indiana. In addition to providing educational opportunities to students seeking a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, the school also provides programs for students seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and master’s and doctoral degrees in basic medical sciences, comparative pathobiology and veterinary clinical services. The school also houses the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

About the HABRI Foundation

Based in Washington, D.C., the HABRI Foundation (http://www.habri.org) is a national, nonprofit foundation of animal-focused businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting the positive role animals play in the health and well-being of people, families and communities.

Contact:  Christopher Charles, HABRI Central Project Manager, 765-516-0609, cccharle@purdue.edu

Sources:   Alan Beck, 765 494-0854, abeck@purdue.edu

Charles Watkinson, 765 494-8251, cwatkinson@purdue.edu


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