A growing body of research documents the positive effects pets can have on population health. What kind of evidence supports these positive effects? How do we reconcile positive and negative effects of pet ownership on people’s health? What is the rational behind integrating animal health with human health services? In this interview, Melanie Rock, associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, explains the relevance of this rather new field of inquiry in public health research.
Melanie Rock on the effect of animals on population health
(Length : 12 min. 39 s.)
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Audio version on iTunes here:How does pet ownership contribute to population health? (iTunes-AUDIO)
|Guest :||Melanie Rock, Ph.D.
Department of Community
University of Calgary
|Journalist :||Helena Urfer, M.Sc.