How to Rebuild Trust and Strengthen the Human-Animal Bond

While the human-animal bond can be one of the most powerful presences in our lives, the deleterious effects are not often discussed. In this webinar, Natalie Marks, DVM, CVJ, investigates some of the issues that the human-animal bond can create such as burden on the caregivers of sick or old pets, the stress this can create for both the caregiver and the veterinary team, and how you can help preserve the bond and everyone’s mental health in the process.

In this webinar, Dr. Marks covers:

  1. Caregiver burden
  2. The burden transfer
  3. Our role as the veterinary team
  4. Reducing stress to preserve the human-animal bond
  5. Preservation of OUR mental health

About the Presenter

Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

She has been a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital since 2006 and a co-owner since 2012.   Prior to 2006, Dr. Marks worked at a small animal practice just north of Atlanta, GA.   Her media experience began in print when she created several monthly veterinary columns in multiple community magazines and was a frequent guest speaker for the German Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog clubs of Atlanta.

Since her return to Chicago, Dr. Marks became very active in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the executive board.  She was also a past board member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and she is an active volunteer to the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association.  Dr. Marks recently received the prestigious Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award, presented to a veterinarian that has contributed the most to organized veterinary medicine in his or her first decade of practice.  In 2012, Dr. Marks was awarded Petplan’s nationally-recognized Veterinarian of the Year.  In 2015, she was awarded America’s Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.  And, most recently in 2017, she was awarded Nobivac’s Veterinarian of the Year for her work on canine Influenza.

Dr. Marks is very active in all aspects of media, both locally and nationally.  She is a frequent contributor to Fox News and has appeared on Good Day Chicago, WGN-Pet Central, NBC Morning News, ABC, CBS, NPR, WBBM, Northwestern University media channel and many local websites.   Dr. Marks was featured nationally on the Today Show and CBS Nightly News during the canine influenza epidemic of 2015 and in multiple issues of JAVMA.   She is a guest contributor in multiple media campaigns for Merck, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer), Boerhinger-Ingelheim and Royal Canin.    Additionally, Dr. Marks has been published in Veterinary Medicine magazine, DVM magazine, Dogster, Vetted and was a reporter for Veterinary News Network where she completed intensive media training.  Finally, Dr. Marks sits on the Fear Free national advisory board and is a national educator helping other private practitioners develop these techniques.

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