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Advancing Research

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Zoetis works with leading institutions and associations to help generate scientific insights that help improve the health of animals and enrich the lives of people who raise and care for them. These initiatives include studies advancing understanding of the human-animal bond.

Acquiring New Knowledge of the Human-Animal Bond

Human-Animal Bond Research Institute - Zoetis is a founding member of the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). Since 2010, HABRI has created the world’s largest online library of human-animal interaction science, HABRI Central, and has funded more than $2 million in innovative research projects. HABRI Central has become a powerful tool utilized by academics and research scientists to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals. HABRI informs the public about groundbreaking human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society.

Canines and Childhood Cancer Study - Zoetis, in partnership with American Humane and HABRI, sponsored a seven-year “Canines and Childhood Cancer Study,” the first and largest randomized, controlled clinical trial to rigorously measure the effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) in the field of pediatric oncology.

Results of the study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing in December 2017, showed evidence that regular visits from a therapy dog can provide significant psychosocial benefits to families of children undergoing treatment for cancer. Benefits include improved communication within families and between parents and medical staff, as well as reduced stress levels and improved emotional functioning in parents.

The findings of this study may further increase access to therapy animals in hospital environments, enhance therapy dog training and practice, and improve well-being outcomes for families facing the challenges of childhood cancer.

To learn more about the Canines and Childhood Cancer Study, including methodology and full results, read American Humane’s press release.

Gaining New Insights into Animal Health and Wellness

Canine Lifetime Health Project - Zoetis is a partner to the Morris Animal Foundation on a comprehensive study to provide insight into the core factors of canine disease. This first-of-its-kind observational study will try to identify the genetic, nutritional, and environmental risk factors for canine diseases. Our commitment to the study comprises financial backing as well as in-kind support that includes involvement by Zoetis scientists.

Zoetis Investment in Innovation Fund - The Zoetis Investment in Innovation Fund annually grants 100,000 Canadian dollars to insightful and innovative research projects from undergraduate students and faculty members across the five Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in Canada.