Bayer Animal Health Joins HABRI Steering Committee

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bob Vetere, president of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) on behalf of the Trustees is pleased to welcome Bayer Animal Health to HABRI’s Steering Committee.

As a HABRI Steering Committee member, Bayer Animal Health will help provide executive strategic leadership and support as the organization moves forward to gain widespread recognition that validates the positive roles animals have on the health and wellbeing of families and communities.

“Bayer’s mission ‘Science for a Better Life’ and the Animal Health division’s goal of ‘protecting, curing and caring for animals together’ is truly aligned with HABRI’s efforts to create awareness and understanding of the important impact of animals on our health,” said Ian Spinks, president and general manager of Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, North America. “We are honored to join HABRI’s Steering Committee and look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

Bayer joins twelve additional Steering Committee members which include: American Humane Association (AHA); American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); Central Garden and Pet; Hartz; Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Morris Animal Foundation; Natural Balance; PetSafe; PetSmart; Segrest Farms, funded by Allen Levey; Sergeants; and WellPet. Together, with HABRI Association Supporters and founders, they will identify and fund new research topics, promote and engage audiences to use the online research hub – HABRI Central, as well as foster government relations and support to continue research on the benefits of the human-animal bond.

“We eagerly welcome Bayer Animal Health, a premier industry leader, to HABRI and are honored they recognize the importance of HABRI’s efforts,” Vetere said. “Their influence and expertise will support research, education, advocacy and a national commitment to help improve the quality of life for humans through scientific research.”

To support the organization’s vision and mission, HABRI has established four initial work groups composed of Steering Committee members. The work groups include: Research Work Group; Support Work Group; Government Affairs Work Group; and Communication and Education Work Group.

The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) is a national, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting the positive role animals play in the health and well being of people, families and communities. HABRI, in partnership with Purdue University, has also created a comprehensive online research center, HABRI Central. HABRI Central serves as a comprehensive bibliography and repository of scholarly material, an online publishing platform for peer-reviewed content, and a virtual collaborative community for those involved in human-animal studies. Dr. Alan Beck, Director of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for the Human-Animal Bond and Charles Watkinson, Director of Purdue University Press, oversees the development of the project. An editorial board of internationally acclaimed experts in the field guides content development to ensure that it remains relevant to the human-animal studies community.

Founded by The American Pet Product Association (APPA), Petco Animal Supplies Inc., and Pfizer Animal Health, HABRI is a broad coalition of companies, organizations, entities and individuals whose mission is to achieve formal, widespread scientific recognition that validates and supports the positive roles of pets and animals in the integrated health of families and communities, leading to informed decisions in human health.

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Source: Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation