Collaborators: Learning and Living Together: Building the Human-Animal Bond:
Francois Martin, M.A., Ph.D.
(former Project Coordinator). Dr. Martin, a WSU faculty member from 1998-2007,
was the successor of Dr. Leo K. Bustad as the head of the People-Pet Partnership
(PPP) program at the College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests
focused on how the human-animal bond influences the practice of veterinary
medicine and veterinary education.
Dr. Martin was the co-coordinator of the required DVM course titled Success in
Veterinary Medicine. The class explores the balance between the science and art
of veterinary medicine including ethical decision making, pet loss and grief,
self care, the impaired professional, legal issues, animal rights and animal
welfare, and the human-animal bond. He also taught Reverence for Life, a course
that investigated connections between living things, especially humans and
animals in Western societies, as well as veterinary education, and social issues
related to veterinary medicine. Dr. Martin oversaw the WSU Palouse Area
Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) program which provides horseback riding lessons
to people with disabilities. PATH is accredited by the Professional Association
of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATHI) (previously North American
Riding for the Handicapped Association [NARHA]).
Dr. Martin was also the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Animal
Well-being (CSAW) at WSU. The CSAW generates and disseminates new knowledge
aimed at improving the well-being of animals to enhance the mutual benefits of
human-animal interactions and to develop and present educational and public
service programs on animal well-being and human-animal interactions.
In the fall of 2007, Dr. Martin became the section leader for the behavior group
at the Nestl� Purina PetCare Product Technology Center in St Joseph, Missouri.
He is responsible for the development of innovative well-being canine and feline
Cheryl R. Dhein (Technical Project Coordinator). Dr. Dhein,
DVM, MS Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine) is an associate professor in the
College of Veterinary Medicine and the head of Instructional Technology,
Veterinary Information Systems since 1996. Dr. Dhein instructs classes in the
use of software applications as it relates to the development of teaching
materials. Her primary responsibility is to integrate technology into both the
CVM student curriculum and the curriculum for continuing education courses for
practicing veterinarians. Dr. Dhein has designed and continues to maintain much
of the content of the college's website. In addition to supervising the
technical aspects of project development, Dr. Dhein served as an advisor on
veterinary medical aspects of the project.
Lynda Paznokas (Pedagogy Consultant). Dr. Lynda
Paznokas is the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science Education in
Washington State University's Department of Teaching and Learning. She prepares
future and current K-8 teachers to teach science. Prior to coming to WSU in
1999, she was a science educator at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
She has also been an elementary/middle school teacher and a district curriculum
director in Oregon and Washington. In 1982, she was the Oregon Teacher of the
Year and in 2002 she received the Marian E. Smith Faculty Excellence Award for
Teaching at WSU. She writes curriculum books for teachers, serves on national
science committees, and does educational consulting around the world-but her
real passion is the time she and her husband spend with their three border
collies at their home in the country!
Assistant Content Coordinator - grades
Claire Huntsberry Assistant Content
Coordinator - grade 4
(System Developer - grades 1- 3)
Robert Mitchell (Media
- K-1: Robin Rilette
- 2nd Grade: Casey
- 3rd Grade: Sueann
Ramella, Robin Rilette, Robert
Mitchell, Dan Maher, Patrick
Braillard, David Thompson, Jesse
Grade: Robin Rilette, Sueann Ramella,
Grades 1-3 were sponsored by The
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a
The development of the grade four curriculum was sponsored in part by the
Banfield Charitable Trust .