Aysha Akhtar | MD, MPH

"I am on a mission to show how treating animals with kindness is not only good for animals, but also good for us. Join me as I explore how animal protection is a win-win for everyone."

Introducing My New Book

Available May 7 2019

A leader in the fields of animal ethics and neurology, in her latest book Dr. Aysha Akhtar examines the rich human-animal connection and how interspecies empathy enriches our well-being.

Deftly combining medicine, social history and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined.

Against the backdrop of her own inspiring story, Dr. Akhtar asks, “What do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals?”

She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters ― including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran ― and comes face to face with a serial killer…

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As a neurologist, I’ve long held that empathy for and connection with animals is an important part of our social ...
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No matter how slimy, how scaly, how smelly, or even how scary, animals’ lives now matter to us. Why? Why ...
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Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird ...
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Abstract: Nonhuman animal (“animal”) experimentation is typically defended by arguments that it is reliable, that animals provide sufficiently good models ...
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There's an infection called Hand-foot-and-mouth disease, which is common among young children and is caused by a virus. Lately, there ...
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On March 29, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Akhtar was presented with the Belton Mouras Grassroots Leadership Award for ...
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I've written previously about the fact that because of the lobbying efforts of the animal experimentation industry, at least 95 ...
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Fact: The CIA's torture program was directly inspired by animal experiments. In the 1960s, dogs were subjected to random electric ...
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Here's my list of five headline-grabbing stories in 2014 that show just how connected human health and animal protection are: ...
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