Students learn more effectively when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Therefore, case studies have become increasingly popular as a way to teach students about a representative subject. This article discusses the benefits of case studies, with a primary focus on how case studies can help veterinary medical students learn about the human-animal bond. The discussion is particularly aimed at veterinary medicine instructors and discusses how case studies can be used and why they are important. TigerPlace, a pet-friendly, innovative housing facility for older adults, is used as an example of a case study that can be used to teach about, and to study, the human-animal bond. In particular, the article addresses the special advantages of TigerPlace to students with respect to learning about older adults and the bond they are having with their pets.
Johnson, R.A., Rantz, M.J., McKenney, C.A., & Cline, K.M.C. (2008). TigerPlace: training veterinarians about animal companionship for the elderly. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35(4), 511-513.View the PDF