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Therapeutic applications of the human-companion animal bond
  1. E. J. Ormerod, BVMS, MRVCS1,
  2. A. T. B. Edney, MA, DVetMed, MRCVS2,
  3. S. J. Foster, BVSc, CertVOphthal, MRCVS3 and
  4. M. C. Whyham, MBE, BSocSci, DipAppliedSocial Studies, MA, CFCIPD4
  1. 1Beech Lodge, Holmefield Close, Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 2QL
  2. 2Olde Dangstones, 147 Lower Street, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2DP
  3. 3Amber House Associates, Amber House, Stodmarsh Road, Canterbury, Kent CT3 4AH
  4. 4Fairview, 71 Mains Lane, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 7LD


Better understanding of the human-companion animal bond (HCAB) has resulted in a number of initiatives to help people with diverse health and social needs. The authors of this article trace the history of the HCAB, and discuss current programmes and key requirements for their success

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