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When: Friday, March 22, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
Obesity in Dogs and Humans: A Complex Relationship
Guests: Kathleen Keil, Cindy Adams, and Melanie Rock

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Obesity in humans is a complex disease that is not determined by caloric intake alone. Obesity in dogs is no less complex, and veterinarians increasingly view the obesity of companion animals as being rooted in the physiological, psychological, socioeconomic and environmental influences that bear on the lives of pets and their owners. These guests have some surprising insights on the intricate connections between human health and the health of dogs and other companion animals.

Kathleen Keil holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Arts and Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has practiced veterinary clinical experience in equine, mixed animal, and feline practice. She has 14 years of business experience in the pharmaceutical industry in sales, technical support, leadership, organizational development, and executive coaching. Kathy is a certified executive coach and a member of the American Society of Training and Development and International Coaching Federation. She has just begun a PhD in medical education, with Dr. Cindy Adams, at University of Calgary. She is studying the impact of a wellness curriculum, teaching veterinary students resiliency skills such as boundary setting, time management, mindful breathing, and emotional intelligence on stress, anxiety, depression, attentiveness, and decision making. Kathy is interested in studying perceptions and attitudes of veterinarians and pet owners on obesity. Kathy competes in ironman triathlons, road and trail running races, and also enjoys mountain and road biking, hiking, skiing, and teaching yoga.

Cindy Adams MSW, PhD directs the Clinical Communication Program at the University of Calgary, Veterinary Medicine. She has focused her career on developing communication curricula in veterinary education and practice. She designed and directed the first communication curriculum at Ontario Veterinary College from 1999-1996. During this time she also established one of the first research programs including studies on observed and applied communication research, human animal interactions, animal welfare and critical reflection as a core competency for effective practice. Her research interests include communication skills teaching, learning and assessment, practice based implications in small and large animals contexts, human animal interactions, animal, child, social welfare, population health and well-being, epidemiology, relational co-ordination and competence at the organizational and practice based levels of implementation. She provides communication training for Faculty and Community Veterinarians at UCVM, across North America, Australia, UK and the Caribbean.

Melanie Rock, PhD, RSW, brings a background in medical anthropology and social policy to research that combines a critical perspective on both human-animal studies and public health. She is an Associate Professor and Alberta Innovates - Population Health Investigator at the University of Calgary. Her primary appointment is in the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Community Health Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health.

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