A dynamic relationship has always existed between people and animals. Each influences the psychological and physiological state of the other. New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond is a series of scholarly publications, published by Purdue University Press in collaboration with Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, that expands our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals, and their environment.
Don’t be put off by the scholarly label, however. These titles—written by experts in their fields, thoroughly researched, and carefully reviewed—are valuable and fascinating resources for anyone interested in their relationships with their chosen companion animals. Recent titles offer advice on choosing a cat breed to fit your lifestyle, designing a fitness plan that incorporates your dog, and solving animal-related political issues vital to today’s pet owners.
Inextricably related to the Press’s book series is HABRI Central, an online platform for open research and collaboration into the relationships between humans and animals, specifically companion animals. This collaboration between the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation, Purdue University Libraries, and the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine uses a combination of library resources steeped in a communicative environment to facilitate the discovery, access, production, and preservation of human-animal interaction research. A bibliography of references to human-animal interaction literature helps you to discover existing research while a full-text repository allows you to freely access a wide-array of published texts.
Along with these library resources, community-driven discussion areas, knowledge markets, and user groups all allow you to connect and share knowledge with experts, professionals, and others involved in the study of human-animal interaction. These aspects of HABRI Central are supported by the Pets & People journal which provides an outlet for novel, peer-reviewed, human-animal interaction scholarship. By hosting all of these features in an easily accessible and centralized location, HABRI Central helps unite those involved in the study of human-animal interaction across while simultaneously lowering the access barriers that so often prevent the free flow of information among them.
Browse titles in the New Directions series: http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/series/new-directions-human-animal-bond
Browse HABRI Central’s Library and Community resources: http://habricentral.org/