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Thank you for your interest in animal health and wellbeing. The emerging solutions for human mental health conditions, such as PTSD, may offer unparalleled hope for veterinary patients.


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Lecture slides - follow along!
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Lecture References
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  2. Bohland KR, Lilly ML, Herron ME, Arruda AG, O'Quin JM. Shelter dog behavior after adoption: Using the C-BARQ to track dog behavior changes through the first six months after adoption. PLoS One. 2023;18(8):e0289356. Published 2023 Aug 16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0289356

  3. Photos by Unsplash.

  4. Irvine L, Andre C. Pet Loss in an Urban Firestorm: Grief and Hope after Colorado’s Marshall Fire. Animals. 2023; 13(3):416.

  5. Kuntz K, Ballantyne KC, Cousins E, Spitznagel MB. Assessment of caregiver burden in owners of dogs with behavioral problems and factors related to its presenceAssessment of Caregiver Burden in Owners of Dogs with Behavioral Problems and Factors Related to its Presence. Available at SSRN: or

  6. Ng Z, Griffin TC, Braun L. The New Status Quo: Enhancing Access to Human-Animal Interactions to Alleviate Social Isolation & Loneliness in the Time of COVID-19. Animals (Basel). 2021;11(10):2769. Published 2021 Sep 23.

  7. Bowen J, García E, Darder P, Argüelles J, Fatjó J. The effects of the Spanish COVID-19 lockdown on people, their pets, and the human-animal bond. J Vet Behav. 2020;40:75-91.

  8. DVM360 Staff. New study shows increased levels of anxiety in pets since the COVID-19 pandemic. May 31, 2022.

  9. Powdrill-Wells N, Taylor S, Melfi V. Reducing Dog Relinquishment to Rescue Centres Due to Behaviour Problems: Identifying Cases to Target with an Advice Intervention at the Point of Relinquishment Request. Animals (Basel). 2021;11(10):2766. Published 2021 Sep 22. doi:10.3390/ani11102766

  10. Russo EB. Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered: Current Research Supports the Theory in Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, and Other Treatment-Resistant Syndromes. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2016;1(1):154-165. Published 2016 Jul 1. doi:10.1089/can.2016.0009

  11. Mitchell JM, Bogenschutz M, Lilienstein A, et al. MDMA-assisted therapy for severe PTSD: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study. Nat Med. 2021;27(6):1025-1033. doi:10.1038/s41591-021-01336-3

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