Subcommittee Social/Companionship: Dr. Laurie Millward (Vet Med/Chair), Dr. Joe Guada (Social Work), Liz Parker (ATI/ Animal Sciences), and Dr. Lucinda Miller (4-H)
- Companion animals play a large role in humans' lives on a continous basis.
- They provide not only a social benefit but aid those will disabilties and service the country through their work.
- Youth have opportunites for interactions through programs such as 4-H and the Ohio State Fair.
- Further research of human-companion animal interactions is necessary to expand the positive benefits the relationship brings to those with challenges such as mental and behavioral health.