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Legal Watch: “HAB”

Legal Watch: “HAB”

By Dr. Stuart Mitchell

As practicing pest management professionals (PMPs), there are more and more acronyms used with industry “jargon.” There are a few significant acronyms of which to be aware. One obvious acronym is “IPM,” and another is “HAB.”

As liability stems from uncertainty, if professional services are provided for Bed bug, flea, and tick elimination, HAB becomes an imperative. HAB or the “human-animal bond” must be considered in any service protocol. Pest elimination treatments must not pose a greater danger to a companion animal than the pest itself.

Influenced by behaviors that are essential to health and well being, the human-animal bond is a mutually favorable and dynamic relationship. HAB involves emotional, psychological, and physical interactions between people, animals, and the environment.

The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) recognizes the following.

  • The human-animal bond has existed for thousands of years.
  • The human-animal bond has major significance for veterinary medicine; as veterinary medicine serves society; it fulfills both human and animal needs.
  • The existence of the human-animal bond is importance to client and community health.

The veterinarian’s role in the human-animal bond is to maximize the potentials of this relationship between people and animals. This role must be included within the service protocols of the pest management professional. Leave the veterinary medical practice and parasitology to the veterinarian.

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