AHA Chief Veterinary Advisor Highlights Goals of New Animal Welfare Research Institute at Abbott Animal Health Town Hall Meeting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, DACT, Chief Veterinary Advisor for the American Humane Association, was the keynote speaker at the March 21, 2012 Abbott Animal Health Town Hall Meeting at Independence Grove Visitors Center and Preserve, Libertyville, Illinois. Dr. Olson's address described the Animal Welfare Research Institute that American Humane Association launched in 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Robin R. Ganzert, President and CEO. The mission of the new Institute is to fund innovative, collaborative and strategic and training programs for advancing the health and well-being of animals. Whenever possible, the research conducted by the Animal Welfare Research Institute will be designed to shed light on issues that also improve the welfare, wellness and well-being of children. American Humane Association, established in 1877, also operates the Children's Innovation Institute and has been a leader in child as well as protection. Several research projects now underway at American Humane Association are now addressing the human-animal bond, a topic that is also very important to Abbott Animal Health. As Dr. Olson stated during her presentation, "We would like to support new pet owners so that the human-animal bond can be secured and dogs and cats can remain in good homes throughout their lifetimes. This includes ensuring excellent health by preventing disease and treating various diseases effectively and safely."

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