The Human-Animal Bond

Reflections of a Veterinarian

With the elevation of companion animal status in Western society much has been written in the veterinary literature about the human-animal bond. The human-animal bond has been defined as a mutually beneficial relationship between people and animals shaped by behavior essential to the health and well-being of both. But as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” and these two photos exemplify the love we share with our pets.

Mrs. Maul and Hester

Mrs. William Maul lost her miniature schnauzer Hester to cancer this year. This photo was taken in their final moments together. Just look at how they gaze upon one another; truly tender and loving.

Barb and Oreo

The photo above is of Barb Lester and her beloved Oreo whom she said goodbye to in 2008. Again, the image says it all. Just take a look at the expressions.


Both these images drive home the importance of our work as a veterinary hospital. As a client said to me during my senior year in veterinary college 28 years ago, “Don’t ever lose your compassion, too many vets harden with the stress and rigor of the job.” Obviously these few words were a powerful message to a young veterinarian just starting out in the profession, and ones taken to heart for a lifetime. I think all the veterinarians at Pet Care Veterinary Hospital share in this philosophy. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling.