MVC Sunday Lunch with Zoobiquity authors Dr. Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers


Sunday, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Registration: Free for MVC attendees; no advance registration required.

The MVC invites all attendees to a complimentary lunch with Dr. Barbara J. Natterson–Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, authors of Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing, a popular book that has been making headlines across the country.

Veterinary and human medicine share countless points of intersection in clinical endeavors, investigation and public health. Yet, too often, when asked about the relevance of veterinary medicine to human patients, physicians point exclusively to zoonoses. In fact, veterinary insights from the fields of cardiology, fertility, oncology, behavior and countless others could help physicians confronted with clinical and investigational challenges. “Zoobiquity: How Veterinarians Will Change the Future of Human Medicine” will look at three examples of how the veterinary approach to a common medical concern in animals can offer insights and guidance to physicians challenged by the same issue in human patients. Examples will include cardiovascular disease, reproductive disorders and behavioral disturbances.

Learn more about the speakers and the concept of Zoobiquity at


About the Speakers



Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., has been an attending cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center since 1994. She is a professor of clinical medicine and director of imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and professor of medicine for the UCLA Division of Cardiology. In 2011, she founded the annual “Zoobiquity Conference: A Species Spanning Approach to Medicine,” a discussion among doctors treating the same diseases in their patients of different species. She is also the director of the Zoobiquity Research Initiative, a collaboration between faculty and students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the School of Veterinary Medicine at Univeristy of California, Davis. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Kathryn Bowers teaches writing at UCLA and has written and edited both fiction and nonfiction books and articles. She began her career in journalism as a staff editor of Atlantic Monthly and also worked with CNN-International in London. Ms. Bowers later served as an assistant press attaché at the United States Embassy in Moscow, where she received a State Department Meritorious Honor Award for her service. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, child and one dog.