Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) Announces 2019 Research Grants, Reaches $3 Million in Total Research Funding

“The organizations, companies and individuals that support HABRI deserve recognition for achieving this important milestone,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI Executive Director.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) today announced funding for five new research projects focused on the positive effects of human-animal interaction (HAI) on human health and wellness. These new studies will examine the influence of pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, service dogs, and dog-walking on various aspects of physical and mental health of children, adolescents and their families. With the funding of these five grants, HABRI’s total research funding has now exceeded $3 million.
“The organizations, companies and individuals that support HABRI deserve recognition for achieving this important milestone,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI Executive Director. “Their contributions have allowed HABRI to fund high-quality research projects that build to the body of evidence for pet ownership and HAI as essential to our health.”
The following five research projects were awarded funding in 2019:
Megan Arant (The University of British Columbia): Direct Experimental Assessment of Therapy Dog Handlers on Child and Dog Behavior During AAI
Marguerite E. O’Haire (Purdue University): Evaluating the Effects of Service Dogs on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Their Caregivers
Megan Kiely Mueller (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University): Human-Animal Interaction and Trajectories of Youth Development in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
Kamala London (University of Toledo): Implementation of Canine-Assisted Forensic Interviews with Children
Eunice Chen (Temple University): Diamond Dogs: A Pilot Dog-Walking Trial with Overweight College Students and Dog Shelters in the Inner-City
The funded projects from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toledo are focused on the impact and efficacy of therapy animals, and were made possible by Pet Partners, which committed $100,000 for HABRI research in this area.
Since HABRI’s founding in 2010, HABRI has funded 31 scientific research projects from institutions across the globe, and has supported the creation of HABRI Central, the world’s most comprehensive online library of human-animal interaction research.
The 2020 HABRI Call for Research Proposals is now open. Please visit to learn more.
About HABRIHABRI is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information, please visit

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Heather M. Fox Now Executive Vice President of Sales for LifeLearn Animal Health

GUELPH, Ontario (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
LifeLearn Animal Health today announced that Heather Fox has been promoted from Vice President of Industry Sales to Executive Vice President of Sales as part of LifeLearn’s strategic growth objectives for 2020 and beyond. In her new role, Fox will oversee all of LifeLearn’s sales that includes: Practice Solutions, Industry Solutions, and Group Practice sales. Prior to joining LifeLearn, Heather delivered superior business results at DVM Newsmagazine and CVC/Central Veterinary Conference, MediMedia/Veterinary Learning Systems (Compendium, Veterinary Technician and Vet Forum magazines) and VetStreet, among others. Heather graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in marketing & communications.
“The Board has been delighted to confirm the promotion of Ms. Fox to her new position,” says Charles (Chas) Povey, PhD, co-founder of LifeLearn and Chairman of the Board. “Heather has led strong growth of our highly respected Industry Solutions business. She will bring her wealth of understanding of the veterinary medical market, and visionary thinking, to lead sales management of the Industry and Practice Solutions sides of the LifeLearn business.”
LifeLearn Inc. was co-founded by Dr. Charles Povey and Dr. Jim Stowe in 1994 to offer award-winning continuing education programs to veterinarians across North America using CDI technology (the first leading-edge multimedia technology aimed at a mass audience).About LifeLearn Animal Health
LifeLearn empowers veterinary practices to optimize the way they do business, attract more clients, and improve profitability with a suite of customizable online solutions, including: WebDVM—custom veterinary websites; ClientEd—client education resource; Sofie—virtual DVM assistant; PetNurse—after-hours telehealth triage service; ALLYDVM—client communication + retention software.
Animal health corporations rely on LifeLearn to provide custom digital education, marketing, and communications products and services to help them market to their valued veterinary and pet-owner customers.
LifeLearn’s award-winning competencies in digital media, combined with longstanding veterinary content expertise, are just part of why LifeLearn has been named one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies from 2015 to 2019.
For more information, contact:
Ed Casagrande, Vice President of Marketing
(800) 375-7994, ext. 244

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Gruenberg Ships One Vivarium Sterilizer to the Lab Animal Science Industry

The sterilizer featured modular construction which allows the customer to work around their architectural restrictions while maximizing chamber space. The interior and exterior feature a stainless-steel finish for ease of cleaning and maintaining sanitary conditions. – Jonathan Young

NEW COLUMBIA, Pa. (PRWEB) January 13, 2020
Thermal Product Solutions, a global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment, announced the shipment of a Gruenberg Vivarium Sterilizer to the Lab Animal Science industry.
Trim panels were fitted to cover the area between the wall opening and the unit so that a flush appearance was achieved. The trim panels are held in place by magnets on the back of the panel to simplify the installation. This provides an impassable barrier to rodents on the top and sides of the unit.
A pneumatically locked, single load door was provided with a viewing window for clear visibility into the working chamber. The quadruple insulated window is cool to the touch and has a protective panel to shield from damage. Interior lighting was also added to increase visibility inside the chamber.
Seamless-tubular incolloy type heaters, that produce a high energy, efficient output, supply the electric heat. The heaters are suspended in the plenum, adjacent to, but separate from the process chamber, so that work in progress and operators are protected. Terminal ends are inserted through the walls of the unit and use sufficient dead zones so that heat is not generated beyond the plenum. A high volume, horizontal airflow system is installed in the unit to ensure uniform heat distribution throughout the work chamber and optimize efficiency. This dry heat technology will not degrade cages and significantly reduces overall maintenance costs compared to autoclaves.
A 10” touchscreen HMI with PLC were installed to control the sterilizer. The control console was designed to be free standing with a wiring harness for ease of relocation and accessibility. The HMI supports data logging so that cycle data may be analyzed for research or quality purposes. A communications module was also added to the controls for quick access to Ethernet and USB ports to connect to the HMI interface.
“The sterilizer featured modular construction which allows the customer to work around their architectural restrictions while maximizing chamber space. The interior and exterior feature a stainless-steel finish for ease of cleaning and maintaining sanitary conditions.” – Jonathan Young, Gruenberg Product Manager
Unique features of this Gruenberg Sterilizer include:
Stainless steel 304 with a #4 finish exterior
Fully welded 304L stainless steel interior liner
Protective chamber side rails
Plate floor
Pneumatic door lock with interior override
Interior lighting
Vermin seals
Modular construction for ease of installation
Intake and Exhaust HEPA filtration
Powered exhaust for fast and effective cooling
UL labelled control panel
HMI with PLC controls
Disconnect switch
Panel mounted thermal printer
Communications interface module
About GruenbergGruenberg, a division of Thermal Product Solutions, LLC, is recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of a comprehensive line of standard and custom industrial batch and conveyor ovens that accommodate temperatures up to 1200⁰F. Gruenberg products are known for their durability, innovation, and superior performance. Additional products offered by Gruenberg include custom pharmaceutical ovens, depyrogenation ovens, granulation dryers, pharmaceutical sterilizers, and lab animal science sterilizers.
About TPSThermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), is a leading American manufacturer of industrial ovens, furnaces, pharmaceutical sterilizers, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chambers. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including Baker Furnace, Blue M, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, Lunaire, MPH, and Wisconsin Oven. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at

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David Abrams's New Book, 'Blessings for the Animal Nations' is a Compelling Handbook Containing Readings to Help Bring Comfort to Those Who Have Lost a Beloved Animal Companion

Recent release “Blessings for the Animal Nations” from Covenant Books author David Abrams is a captivating collection of readings to use when grieving the loss of an animal companion. David believes that animals are also part of this world—they also need love and care just like humans.
Press Release – updated: Jan 3, 2020 06:00 EST

KANAB, Utah, January 3, 2020 ( – David Abrams is a teacher and a guide who felt his purpose in life is to share spirituality with all who are interested in learning. He has completed his new book, “Blessings for the Animal Nations”: a helpful collection of readings created to help comfort those who are experiencing the loss of a companion, especially at the time of burial or placement.
David writes, “The title, Blessings for the Animal Nations, refers to the fact that animals are a nation only different because of the number of legs and or appearance. Our companions become a part of our family, and their loss is no less than a human family member.
“Our animal companions are a safe love for us and allow us to love them unconditionally. The love we feel for our animal companions is as close as we will ever come to unconditional love as our companions love us unconditionally—in spite of our shortcomings.
“This love is probably as close as most of us will experience in our lifetimes, thereby getting a glimpse of the unconditional love our Creator has for us. As human beings, we generally love conditionally.”
Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Abrams’s new book is a fascinating read that tells everyone how animals became one’s companion and how to reciprocate it with love and care for them.
With this purpose, the author aims to offer healing and closure from losing a friend, companion, and angel that graced in their lives. This book is also written to give thanks to the readers as caregivers of animals who tirelessly care for their pets like members of their family.
Readers can purchase “Blessings for the Animal Nations” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.
Covenant Books is an international Christian owned and operated publishing house based in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Covenant Books specializes in all genres of work which appeal to the Christian market. For additional information or media inquiries, contact Covenant Books at 843-507-8373.
Source: Covenant Books

Documoto Caps Off the Year by Making Charitable Donations to Local Animal Rescue Centers

This commitment follow’s the company’s pledge to support local animal rescue centers within the Colorado community.
Press Release – updated: Jan 2, 2020

DENVER, January 2, 2020 ( – Capping off the year with a charitable donation, Documoto is pleased to announce a contribution of $1,000 to two animal rescue centers within the Colorado community. The recipients of the generous donation include Colorado Animal Rescue as well as Mile High Lab Mission. This commitment follows the company’s pledge to support local animal rescues that provide sanctuary to animals who have been impacted by neglect, misplacement, or need a new home.
“It’s our responsibility to be good citizens, and Documoto is proud to partner with local animal rescue centers who need assistance with their initiatives,” said Steve Blanco, Chief Executive Officer at Documoto.
As a dog-friendly workplace, Documoto pledged its support to local animal rescue centers, which offer a wide range of public services designed to help the local pet owners within the Colorado community. Mr. Blanco stated that “the Documoto team is committed to making a lasting impact in the community where our associates all call home.”
Documoto is a Denver-based software company with a vision to help equipment manufacturers, their network and their equipment owners “Keep the World’s Machines Working.” It’s a big vision for a vast market. Their flagship product is an industry-leading SaaS solution that helps its customers drive real innovation in their aftermarket. With Documoto, customers can author parts catalogs and related technical content, securely distribute that content over the web to any device in a variety of languages, and find and order the right parts and products the first time, every time.
Documoto customers are found throughout the globe and range from small manufacturers to some of the world’s largest machinery companies and transit organizations.
For more information, visit the company’s website at or follow us on Twitter at @Documoto or LinkedIn.
Source: Documoto, Inc