'Dog Psychologist' Headlines 2010 Pet Trust Forum

September 24, 2010 - News Release

Ever wonder what’s on your dog's mind? Find out at the 2010 OVC Pet Trust Forum Oct. 2 when renowned "dog psychologist" Stanley Coren explores "How Dogs Think" in a special guest presentation. The event is being held at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College.

An award-winning behavioural researcher and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Coren is best known to the general public for his books and television appearances. His books include bestsellers such as How to Speak Dog. Coren was the host of the nationally broadcast television show Good Dog! and is now seen regularly on the Pet Network’s Pet Central.

During his 12:30 p.m. talk, Coren will provide insight into silly, quirky and seemingly irrational behaviours that dogs demonstrate regularly — as well as those occasional flashes of brilliance. He will explore recent research that attempts to answer such questions as: Compared with other animals, how intelligent are dogs? How much language can a dog understand?

The annual OVC Pet Trust Forum celebrates the special bond between people and their pets by giving Pet Trust supporters a behind-the-scenes look at how their donations benefit companion-animal health and contribute to the success of the veterinary profession.

This year’s event takes place Oct. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, followed by tours of the new Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre at OVC. Besides Coren’s presentation, program highlights include:

• “Research Projects and What They Mean to the Pet Owner” with Prof. Gordon Kirby, associate dean of research and innovation
• “Cushing’s Disease, Endocrinology and Obesity in Pets” with Prof. Shauna Blois, Clinical Studies
• “What’s New in Avian/Exotics?” with Michael Taylor, OVC staff veterinarian
• “Ask a Cancer Specialist” with Profs. Sarah Boston and Paul Woods, Clinical Studies.

Seating is limited. To register, call Ext. 56929 or RSVP to ovc@uoguelph.ca.

For media questions, contact: Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982 or d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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