Human-Animal Bond: Vet Techs Bonding with Pets
Published on October 26, 2018 by A. Rothstein
Pets have become an important part of our lives, and with that so has the human-animal bond. Some service animals work or perform tasks to assist individuals with disabilities. Other pets are companions for families or individuals who are pet lovers. The human-animal bond is very important and has benefits for both parties. There are many studies that show the health benefits of the human-animal bond in both people and their pets.
When we think about the bond between humans and pets, most of us think about the relationship between a pet and its owner. However, according to the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), there’s a human-animal bond (HAB) that’s not only mutually beneficial, but it has health benefits to both animals and humans. The AVMA also believes that the HAB plays a significant role in veterinary medicine. The AVMA believes that veterinary technicians that form better bonds with animals can provide better treatment. The elements of behavior for the human-animal bond include emotional, psychological and physical interactions of people, animals and the environment.
What Are Veterinarian Techs Doing?
Due to the growing importance of human-animal bonding, it’s possible for technicians to learn more about these practices. At the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) 2018 Veterinary Meeting there was an exciting announcement made to promote this connection. A Human Animal Bond certificate program was launched by the Human Animal Research Bond Institute (HABRI) and NAVC, along with the AVMA as a founding educational partner. Reasons for the certificate involve research that showcases the positive benefits from a human-animal relationship for animals, as well as their owners.
In addition, the Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions (SCHAI) of the AVMA seeks to understand the different types of human-animal relationships for veterinarians and vet techs. The SCHAI wants to promote the veterinarian and vet techs role in supporting the human-animal relationship.
The Human-Animal Bond Certification
Veterinary technicians may become certified in the human-animal bond by HABRI and NAVC. Vet techs must have a minimum of two years’ experience, complete the online course and pass the Human-Animal Bond Certification exam. Certifications can be displayed in the veterinary office to display the vet tech’s specialization in creating human and animal bonds. This may entice pet owners to frequent the veterinary office.
What Are the Benefits to These Bonds?
Pet owners are more likely to return to veterinarian technician they trust and who treat their pet with kindness, compassion and respect. If they’re able to see the same veterinarian technician for each visit, it’s possible for the human-animal bond to become more established. The benefits of assigning the same veterinarian technician to each animal patient include knowledge of the pet, establishing trust, and creating a valuable relationship between the pet and their owner. As more visits occur, the bond will begin to develop as the trust continues to build.
The human-animal bond can also be useful in child development, elderly care, mental illness, physical impairment, dementia, abuse and trauma recovery. The well-being a pet can provide includes loyal companionship, security, comfort, affection and unconditional love.
How Vet Techs Can Help Pet Owners Establish Goals
When veterinarian technicians can establish a human-animal bond, it’s possible for them to help pet owners develop goals. It’s especially true for pet owners who are having difficulty with their pets regarding behavior issues, as well as other complications. Because pet owners have the best intentions for their companions, they’ll be willing to work with veterinarian technicians and simultaneously researching to achieve their goals. Veterinarian technicians can help pet owners figure out what the problems are, devise a solution, and develop a plan for implementation.
What Are the Human Benefits to These Bonds?
There are benefits to the human-animal bond for veterinarian technicians that allows the pet to feel more at ease and trusting at their veterinary visits. There are also many benefits for the pet owners, as well. The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) focuses on how animals have a significant benefit to the pet owner’s health.
Significant health benefits include reducing stress and anxiety and decreased risk of heart disease. Other benefits include allergy prevention in children, supporting individuals with autism, reduction in depression and support for PTSD.
Service animals can create strong human-animal bonds with their owners and vet techs. According to the Americans with Disabilities National Network, a service animal is individually trained to perform tasks for those with disabilities. Disabilities may include physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or cognitive disabilities. Tasks a service animal may perform include navigation assistance, alerting their hard-of-hearing owners or pulling a wheelchair. Service animals may also assist in helping owners with seizures, warning of allergies, retrieving items or improving mobility.
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