The Human Animal Bond

Understanding the depth of our connection and how this understanding can change us in so many ways

For almost a decade now, we have been noticing the evident richness and development of our human connection to our animal friends. Our companion animals now play such a huge part of our lives and they have become fundamental family members and support mechanisms in so many ways that it is now time to really show data that reflects just how impactful this bond truly is

There are many ways in which many animal breeds offer support and connection.

  • Quality of life
  • Mental Health and emotional wellbeing
  • Child and elderly support and development
  • Allergy support and immune defence
  • Fitness and motivation
  • Cognitive function and development
  • Psychological links that connect us to ourselves and environment
  • Grief support
  • Sleep and restful states
  • The obvious – Mans best friend

From Horses to dogs and cats and even smaller furries and reptiles, there are so many species of animals that we share this earth with and we are wanting to really dig deep and get as much data and insight as we can that can help support our research projects and highlight the incredible connections that develop between humans and animals.

How we collect our Data and Stats

We look at ALL our projects from a quantitative / qualitative perspective and we collect data from a multi-specrum collection of resource providers and networks. Our groups and projects are target specific and use various processing streams to correlate data to conclude outcomes and predict future forecasts. Our projects are great fun! We use a variety of methods and tools to collect our data, from interactive focus groups to surveys and interviews. Our social projects are streamed so that all can get involved and recorded responses make for a great way to analyse public opinion (and are also often times hilarious) – We are looking to launch our Autumn / Winter 2022 EU interview collection of vlogs specific to how each country view the human / animal bond in its many layers. We are anticipating this to be super fun and interactive and will live stream vlogs as they broadcast. Stay tuned

International Research

We work across ONE HEALTH with an international pool of Vets, Animal health scientists, researchers and eco-scientists to help share data pertaining to the whole spectrum of animal lives and how they correlate to our human lives. This data is mindblowing and deep and looks at all animal breeds and types throughout our ecosystem, how they are evolving in accordance to our human evolution and how the changes in the ecosystem correspond to our human evolutionary changes based on intrinsic factors and what the predictive outcomes might look like over cross-sectional periods of time. We have various short and long term projects running in this category that help to create a larger, finely detailed picture of our human / animal timeline based on past historical data and our current data. What the future will look like is determined in these projects so as much funding and hands on researchers as we can get to fulfill this category is crucial!

Children and Elderly

One of our most favorite research projects are the studies that look at the developing bond between animals and the elderly and children. We have seen hugely positive research on the benefits of animal interaction with the elderly in both hospital environments and care homes and how animals help with many concerns such as mental health, emotional health and loneliness. Research has also shown that child-led environments that interact with animals display huge benefits with children with ADHD, autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders help massively with developmental cognitive function, emotional support and mental health and studies have shown that children that are responsible for the life of an animal are far more empathetic and develop a more balanced and kind approach to their peers thanks to their involvement with their animal friends. That said, there is not always a positive result, so it is important to be able to understand why and the data we collect is the only way to identify the areas in which this could be the case. Problems such as allergies, fear factors and past traumatic events from animals can cause an adverse effect. Only when we can look at both sides of the spectrum can we understand what the data is telling us and the only way we can do this is through precise planning and consistent approach throughout each project from start to finish.

We would love to carry on our research in these fields and are always looking for funding and resources so that we can implement longer time framed projects to specifically look at the intrinsic data of – pets in classrooms, take your dog to work day, dogs in care homes for elderly patients, service dogs and PTSD, which animals do children respond to better and why and how all the fine details look both statistically and thematically, an approach which is more time consuming and in order to validate data according to both concepts, it is important that we get the right hands on board in order for this to provide us with the outcomes we expect.

If you would like to get involved with projects in this field, please email us at insights@fortis-vets.com

If you would like to commission a project in this field, we would love to discuss with you. Please complete the form below and we will get back to you

What people are saying

The soul is healed by being with children and animals – Animal assisted therapy

Animal-assisted activities with guinea pigs had positive effects for children with autism, including increases in smiling and social behaviors. Children with ASD also exhibited a 43% decrease in skin conductance, a measure of physiological activation, when interacting with guinea pigs as compared to toys 

ā€• Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

“Do you ever just wake up and think, I’m not really in the mood for human interaction today?”

ā€• Every Vet surgeon and RVN everywhere EVER

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