Human-Animal Bond Lecture Series begins Oct. 25

October 19, 2010

The Human-Animal Bond Lecture Series, hosted by the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, will be held Oct. 25-28. The event will include four lunchtime presentations during the week, and will culminate with a keynote address on Oct. 28 by Dr. Michael Hutchins, director/CEO of The Wildlife Society. The Human-Animal Bond Lecture Series celebrates the special relationship between humans and animals, seeking to explore all its facets. It also raises awareness that the bond includes companion, production, wildlife animals, and more.

The week's events include:
--Oct. 25, noon-1 p.m., "Exploring our bond with wildlife: Response to the 2010 Gulf oil spill," Dr. Carla Huston and Dr. Chris Magee, CVM Lindley Classroom
--Oct. 26, noon-1 p.m., The Scientific Assessment of Animal Welfare, Dr. Nina Von Keyserlingk, CVM Lindley Classroom
--Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Human Animal Bond in Child Development, Dr. Regina Brotherton, CVM Seminar Room
--Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m., "The functions of professional and scientific societies: The Wildlife Society as an example," Dr. Michael Hutchins, CVM Lindley Classroom

Also on Oct. 28, 7 p.m., KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Dr. Michael Hutchins, "Adventures at the Human-Wildlife Interface," Wise Center, Large Auditorium
Dr. Michael Hutchins is director and CEO of The Wildlife Society, an organization committed to a world where humans and wildlife coexist. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland's graduate program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology. Having had a significant impact in wildlife management and conservation, his work has taken him to more than 30 countries and six continents.

For more information, visit The series is sponsored by Nestle Purina.