Human-animal bond is a powerful connection

(08-30-2012)

The Adams State University Faculty Lecture Series begins the fall semester with " The Human-Animal Bond: How Animals Make Meaning in Our Lives," by Dr. Laura Bruneau, associate professor of counselor education. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Porter Hall room 130.

It would be difficult to imagine a world without animals. While animals provide many of us with our basic needs (e.g. food, safety), they also provide an opportunity for companionship, love, and intimacy. Simply put, the bond between people and animals can be incredibly powerful. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines the human-animal bond as a “mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and other animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both,” (AVMA, 2006).

This presentation will highlight how animals make meaning in our everyday lives, while discussing the unique role that animals play in the counseling profession.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristi Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.