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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The past few decades have seen a virtual explosion of scientific research in
the area of cognition, emotions, suffering, and mental states in animals.
Studies in the field, laboratory, and clinical medical practice have amassed an
overwhelming body of evidence demonstrating that mental well-being is of
paramount importance in all aspects of animal care. There is no longer any
reasonable doubt among researchers that mental health is of equal importance as
physical health and animal well-being.
Recent research convincingly shows that physical health is strongly influenced
by mental states, thereby making it clear that effective health care requires
attention to the emotional well-being as well as physical. Yet, for its vast
importance, mental health in veterinary medicine has to date not been compiled
and structured into an organized field or body of knowledge. This information,
so critical to the formal establishment of the field of mental health and
well-being in animals, remains scattered throughout a wide array of scientific
This book represents the first authoritative reference text bringing together
the most up-to-date information in the variety of subjects comprising the field
of mental health and well-being in animals.
Bringing together a host of distinguished experts internationally noted in
the fields of animal emotion research, animal behavior, cognitive science, and
neuroscience, the book represents the first authoritative reference compiling
the diverse information on the animal mind and combining the revolutionary
advances in the cognitive sciences with the knowledge in veterinary medicine
and clinical animal behavior. This book takes a descriptive and proscriptive
approach to mental health, mixing the scientific research with practical
information with clinical applications for veterinary health professionals to
use in practice.