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Bustad Lecture with Meg Daley Olmert

Animal Disease Biotech Facility (ADBF), 1855 E GRIMES WAY, Pullman, WA 99164
Room 1002
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About the event

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual Bustad Lecture


Meg Daley Olmert is a pioneering authority on the evolution of the human-animal bond. Her ground-breaking book,“Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human Animal Bond” was the first to explore the new science of social behavior and its power to weave bonds within and between social mammals.

(link to book on Amazon)

This talk will trace the connections between paleontology, anthropology, psychology, neurobiology, and evolutionary genetics, that transformed humans from a prey species into top predator and morphed animals we could not live with, into animals we cannot live without.


  • A deeper understanding of the neurobiological and genetic underpinnings of the human-animal bond
  • The potential for physiological and psychosocial therapeutic benefit from human-animal interaction and therapies
  • A greater appreciation of the ancient roots of the human-animal bond
  • A heightened awareness of how those who engage with animals–professionally or personally–can foster bonds that can improve the health and wellbeing of the animals, their guardians, the children and families, and their communities

A reception to follow in the Mickelson Lounge, Bustad Hall, Room 134.

This lecture is the first event of our annual Veterinary Spring Conference.

The Bustad Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Leo K. Bustad (1920-1998), who was a pioneer in the field of human-animal bond research. Dr. Bustad (’49 DVM) was dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine from 1973-1984. His work significantly contributed to the understanding of the changing role of companion animals in Western societies and its impact on veterinary education, veterinary medicine, and society.


Katy Heaton