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The Laboratory Animal-Human Bond: Numbers, Names, and Games (Webinar Recording)

The Laboratory Animal-Human Bond: Numbers, Names, and Games (Webinar Recording)

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In today’s laboratory culture, it is increasingly recognized that a bond is established between humans and animal subjects. Behavioral theorists suggest that human-animal relationships can take several different forms. This webinar will present the different types of relationships that can develop between humans and laboratory animals, from the largest species to the smallest. The nature and variety of these bonds can create interactions that are positive, neutral, or negative, all of which can affect animal welfare, human welfare, and integrity of the research data. The nature of these bonds can affect the types and number of enrichment practices tested, attempted, and applied for different species, technician burnout, and research success. From mouse to minipig, our awareness of these bonds influence lives.

Learning objectives:

  1. Differentiate the five different types of human-animal bond.
  2. Recognize that the bond as perceived by the human may not match the bond as perceived by the animal.
  3. Recognize that emotional bonds can occur in all species, even if not recognized by the human and/or the animal.
  4. Describe how enrichment practices, when appropriate for the target species, not only can enhance animal welfare but also enhance the integrity of research results.
  5. Discuss how bonding by humans occurs, even if discouraged by management, and that developing clear mechanisms for bonding patterns can help reduce staff burnout.

Audience: Everyone in the laboratory animal field

AALAS CEUs: You can apply for up to 1.5 CEUs for the Technician Certification Registry or CMAR recertification. Please use the forms on the AALAS website or online CEU submission.

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Speaker: Melissa Shyan-Norwalt, PhD, CAAB earned a master's and a PhD in experimental psychology, respectively, at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) and serves on the Board of Professional Certification...

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