Featured on Episode 4
Dr. Connie Varnhagen wants every pet to get veterinary care, regardless of whether or not the owner can afford it. To ensure pet owners in her area get the healthcare their animals need, she has launched Alberta Helping Animals Society. The aim of the new non-profit is to provide access to veterinary care and education for the companion animals of vulnerable people in Edmonton and surrounding communities.
Connie knows how important companion animals are, she has the research to back it up. As a psychology professor, she and her Research on the Human Animal Bond students have designed studies to understand the impact our pets have on our well being. The fourth year seminar/lab is for University of Alberta students in the Companion and Performance Animal Health Sciences major in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences. One of the studies included a survey on bondedness, here is the questionnaire they developed.
Understanding the importance of animal health and companion animals, Connie has volunteered on spay and neuter initiatives around the world as well as with the Edmonton Humane Society's Prevent Another Litter Subsidy (PALS) program and supports the Boyle Street Community Services' Pet Food Bank.
Now she is taking it one step further with Alberta Helping Animals Society Home Veterinary Services.