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Human-Animal Bond Resources: Home


This is a general guide for those patrons interested in the Human-Animal Bond. Here you will find information on the most frequently used internet, print and electronic resources. This Subject Guide will help you locate resources in the areas of Animal-Assisted Therapy, Benefits of Owning an Animal, Pet Loss and Grief, Legal Aspects, Service Animals, etc.. If further assistance is needed, please contact the subject librarian for Animal Science, Sheila Bryant, to arrange an appointment: 517-884-0896 (Main) or bryants@msu.edu.

Human-Animal Bond Definition

The American Veterinary Medical Association's definition of the "Human-Animal Bond"

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.


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