Companion Animal Economics

The Economic Impact of Companion Animals in the UK

December 2016
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  • Published
    19th December 2016
  • ISBN 9781786391728
  • Language English
  • Pages 80 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"
  • Images 4-color photos

Succinct, highly readable and thought provoking, this important new text is designed to raise awareness of the potential economic impact of companion animals in the UK. It discusses the potential benefits and costs of companion animals to the economy and highlights the need for this matter to be thoroughly researched, given the potential scale of impact that companion animals have, and the potential costs of ignoring this matter. The book includes:

- case studies to illustrate the savings to the NHS that might be associated with companion animal ownership;
- links to up-to-date tables and content that might form templates for use in other countries; and
- highly readable information written by expert authors and key opinion leaders in the field.

Inspired by the seminal Council for Science and Society (CSS) Report, Companion Animals in Society (1988), this work updates and extends its evaluation of the economic impact of companion animals on society and lays a benchmark for future development. This pivotal new book is important for policy makers at national and international levels and all those involved in animal welfare.

1. Introduction
2. Methodology
3. Key Features of the Council for Science and Society Report (CSS) 1988
4. Updates on the Economic Impact of Companion Animals to the UK
5. Indirect Costs: Extending the Scope of Economic Value
6. Conclusion: Illustrating the Perceived Economic Impact of Companion Animals


Sophie Hall

Sophie Hall is a Research Fellow at University of Lincoln, UK.

Luke Dolling

Luke Dolling is a PhD student at University of Lincoln, UK.

Katie Bristow

Katie Bristow is at Dogs for Good, UK.

Ted Fuller

Ted Fuller is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Foresight at University of Lincoln, UK.

Daniel S. Mills

Daniel S. Mills is an RCVS, European and ASAB recognized specialist in clinical animal behavior, and was the first professor of the discipline in Europe. While his clinical and scientific work has historically focused on the disruptive effect of companion animal behavior on owners and society (problem behavior and its management) through his work as a clinical animal behaviorist, he has more recently pursued an interest in assistance dogs and animal assisted interventions through diverse collaborations. His research in this area has included the first longitudinal study of its kind (3 year follow up) examining the effect of the pet dog on families with an autistic child, the effect of reading to dogs in schools and the impact of dogs in the workplace (currently under review). Professor Mills is a well-known international speaker on companion animal behavior/welfare and the role of animals in society , with around 100 peer-reviewed full scientific research publications, over 40 books and chapters, and over a hundred ISBN indexed conference abstracts. He heads up a large interdisciplinary group at Lincoln with 11 Post Graduate Research students and 3 Post Doctoral Researchers.