Get certified to better support the human-animal bond

Human-Animal Bond CertificationThe AVMA has been the think tank for professionals interested in the human-animal bond since the early 1980s, and we’re excited to announce a new partnership to offer a human-animal bond certification along with two like-minded organizations.

The AVMA is proud to be the founding educational partner for the Human-Animal Bond Certification Program offered through the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC).  The AVMA is contributing educational content and promotional support for the program, and AVMA members qualify for a 20 percent discount off the cost of certification.

This online program allows veterinary professionals to fully appreciate the science behind the human-animal bond, learn more about its benefits for animals and people, and get practical advice on how to ensure good bonds are built and maintained. It also demonstrates how communicating the bond’s benefits to clients can help your patients and your practice. For example, here are just a few benefits of good human-animal relationships:

  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Prevention of allergies in children
  • Support for children with autism
  • Help for veterans with PTSD
  • Increased social interaction
  • Support for a longer life

Becoming Human-Animal Bond Certified supports your patients, your clients, and your practice. The educational modules offer accurate and up-to-date information, helping you to remain the most trusted and reliable expert on animal health and welfare and human-animal relationships for your clients and community. Completing the program also unlocks access to targeted marketing tools and materials to help you attract new pet owners to your practice.

Learn more about the certificate program here, and get started today on the path toward earning your certification in the human-animal bond.

AVMA’s work with HABRI

The new certificate program is just one facet of our organizational partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, a nonprofit research and educational organization focused exclusively on the health benefits of human-animal relationships. The AVMA joined HABRI’s steering committee upon HABRI’s inception in 2010, and also is a member of the HABRI Board of Trustees. In January, the AVMA Board of Directors voted to welcome HABRI’s chief executive officer to the AVMA Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions as a non-voting liaison, enhancing mutual understanding and collaboration between our organizations.

7 thoughts on “Get certified to better support the human-animal bond

  1. It seems to me that the people raving against this educational program are the ones who need it the most.

  2. I am concerned that this program will once again present the bond as an all-positive phenomenon and ignore those times when the nature of the bond undermines the animals health and well-being that often undermine practitioners’ health and well-being too. The kinds of bonds that lead clients to administer carefully formulated treatment protocols as the spirit moves them instead of as the animal’s condition requires; the obese animals whose owners are addicted to treat-training; the family pet who gets pressed into service as a de facto or “certified” ESA or service animal who’s unprepared to fulfill the human demands and succumbs to recurrent or chronic medical problems possessing a strong stress-component; the half-wild rescues who pose a threat to others whose owners bond more with the animal’s sad story than they do with the dog. That sort of thing. Unless the full range of the bond is covered in this course, I must agree that the certificate would simply perpetuate of the myth of the bond as as a PR- and media-driven feel-good, all-positive marketing tool. Not only that, it would denigrate rather the celebrate the full range and the power of the bond for good or ill.

  3. While we’re certainly all entitled to our opinion, Dr. Hammond’s feels critical and cynical. Nowhere does it suggest that obtaining this Certificate will make one a Specialist in the Human-Animal Bond. I think that the Human-Animal Bond is far more than understanding that the animal is important to a person and that “said” person knows everything about their pet. Herein is the point of the whole course. And, should any veterinarian choose to sign up for and take this course, I would imagine the amount of training will not be “minimal.” What would be the point for the AVMA offering “minimal training” for a course which they endorse?

    Quite frankly, I’m tired of feeling like I need to apologize to anyone, let alone my own colleagues for being the “touchy-feely” practitioner that I am. My natural born compassion and empathy have served me well in my chosen profession and I resent having to ever feel badly about who I am. Our profession is already tough enough on us with compassion fatigue and our own propensity towards perfectionism (read any recent reports on the profile of most veterinary professionals) that I shouldn’t have to further justify how or why I am a touchy-feely professional.

    It’s one thing to feel strongly that this Certificate offering is clearly not for you; I’d ask your consideration to not belittle those of us who dedicate our work daily to the Human-Animal Bond and may just appreciate this offering from our governing professional body towards our efforts.

    AVMA, I thank and applaud you!

  4. Are you freakin’ kidding me? It strikes me as an advertising tool specifically designed to make practices who pay the fee (and take whatever minimal training is required) able to market themselves as: “your local specialist in the human-animal bond!”
    Like the “Fear Free” certification offered by Dr. Becker’s organization this initiative looks like a way to be able to tell the general public about how touchy-feely you are as compared to your neighbors. Pay a fee, get a certificate, market the hell out of it and exploit the fact that other practices don’t want to, or can’t afford to, pay for the certification.
    All respect to Dr. Bustad who was a friend as we’ll as an educator and sorely missed colleague, please don’t associate him with what, to all intents and purposes, an advertising gimmick.
    Don’t mistake me, I am a firm believer that the more the client knows about their pet, and the more that they know that I understand how important their pets are to them, the better off we’ll all be. I just don’t think we should use the fact that Dr. Joe Blow down the road *isn’t* a specialist in the human-animal bond and myself and my staff *are* is the way to do it.

  5. This certification should be named after Dr. and dean leo busted who was the founder of the concept

  6. I can’t find the coupon code for 20% off the course either. I applaud the AVMA for taking a leadership role in this important endeavor!

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