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The Elanco Human-Animal Bond Keynote Lecture, which is free and open to the public, kicks-off the annual continuing education conference for the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Alan Beck, Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology and director of the Purdue University Center for the Human-Animal Bond, will speak on, "The Human-Animal Bond: Totally Natural and Completely Necessary." For half a century, the profound connection between humans and animals has gained recognition. Research showcases the undeniable health benefits of our bond with companion animals, from reducing blood pressure to boosting post-heart attack survival. These companions not only offer social opportunities, but also combat loneliness. Dr. Beck will dive deep into the exploration of whether the human-animal bond is an inherent part of our evolutionary journey, proving it to be both natural and essential. Join us for this engaging lecture, which also serves as Dr. Beck's last lecture at Purdue on the occasion of his retirement.


Alan Beck, ScD is the Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Comparative Pathobiology. His storied career has spanned almost 60 years with 33 years spent as faculty at Purdue, leading the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, which serves to expand our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals, and their environment.


Following the lecture, a reception will be held in Dr. Beck's honor in the Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge.

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