Mapping and investigation of novel candidate genes for fatness, growth, and feed intake in the pig
Contributor(s): K. S. Kim, M. Malek, E. Grindflek, S. Marklund, Max F. Rothschild
Five new candidate genes for fatness, growth, and feed intake traits were studied. The genes were chosen based on their presumed biological action for a given trait of interest. A molecular genetics polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphisms (PCR-RFLP) approach was used...
Public health confronts the chicken, the hamster, and the goat
Contributor(s): W. John Pape
John Pape is an Epidemiologist with the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. This slide-show presents facts and images relating to Zoonoses: diseases of animals transmissible to humans under natural conditions. The characteristics of...
All the lizards stand and say "Yes Yes Yes" : the element of play in legal actions against animals and inanimate objects
Contributor(s): Anna Pervukhin
Legal actions against non-humans (whether animals or objects) were once widespread. They were viewed seriously and undoubtedly served important social functions. This article considers the possibility that some of these actions may have been playful as well. Certain aspects of legal actions...
Climate affects calf birth weights and calving difficulty
Contributor(s): Gene H. Deutscher, Dave Colburn, Rex Davis
A six-year study was conducted to investigate effects of winter temperatures on two-year-old cows (n=285) and their subsequent calf birth weights and calving difficulty in the spring. The winter of 1992-93 (coldest) was 11 degrees F colder than the winter of 1994-95 (warmest). The coldest winter...
A.A.E (Animal Assisted Education)
Contributor(s): Mari Nakajima, Masakazu Sugawara
Contents:Animal assisted education in Junior High SchoolAnimal assisted therapyAnimal assisted activity
Using topics in animal science as a platform to teach bioethics to university honors program students
Contributor(s): Curtis R. Youngs
A seminar course was developed using topics in animal science as a platform for teaching bioethics to university honors program students. The seminar course was structured to provide students with an introduction to major ethical theories (e.g., ethical relativism, utilitarianism), followed by...
Prudent use of antibiotics in companion animals
Contributor(s): Katherine Irwin, David R. Smith, Grasso M. Ebako, Steve Ensley, Dicky D. Griffin, Arden Wohlers
Antibiotics are used to improve animal health and performance. You, as the animal owner or caregiver, make important decisions about how antibiotics are finally used in companion animals. Antibiotics should be used prudently to ensure they are effective and will continue to benefit man and...
A scientific look at the human-animal bond
Reports | Contributor(s): PAWSitive InterAction
Animals, rights and property: the (un)attachment of pets in Israeli law
Reports | Contributor(s): Pablo Lerner
How much is the doggie in the window- valuation for a lost pet
Reports | Contributor(s): David S. Favre
Of elephants and embryos: A proposed framework for legal personhood
Reports | Contributor(s): Jessica Berg
The story of Ferdinand: The implication of a peaceful bull
Reports | Contributor(s): Gabriella Villanueva
Pesticide use and toxicology in relation, to wildlife: Organophosphorus and carbamate compounds
Reports | Contributor(s): Gregory J. Smith
The use of organophosphorus and carbamate pesticides has increased markedly during the past two decades. Currently, more than 100 different organophosphorus and carbamate chemicals are registered as the active ingredients in thousands of different pesticide products in the United States. More...
Nebraska's endangered species, part 6: Threatened and endangered mammals
Reports | Contributor(s): Patricia W. Freeman
Species discussed include:black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes)Black-tailed prairie dogSouthern flying squirrels (Glaucomys volans)Eastern plains pocket mouseEastern plains harvest mouseLong-legged myotis (Myotis volans)Fringed myotis (Myotis thysanodes pahasapesis)Townsend's big-eared bats...
Center of excellence in livestock disease and human health annual report
The center was created in 1984 to promote interdisciplinary activities designed to improve the quality of human life through better animal health; expand livestock disease research capabilities in the College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) and the Institute of Agriculture; identify and...
Exploring the possibility of using outdoor recreation to promote mental health in veterans with PTSD
Reports | Contributor(s): Dana Erickson
Over the past decade the United States has deployed over two million service members overseas and many into combat (Sayer et al., 2011). It has been estimated that many of these returning veterans will suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that a number of these veterans won’t...
An exploratory study of pet raising and health of the elderly people in Hong Kong
Reports | Contributor(s): Cheung Ming, Alfred Chan, Kam Wing, Kevin Cheung, Lam Fat Lo
Pets such as dogs, cats and fish were popular in many other countries (Marx et al., 1988; Gammonley, 1991; Brodie & Biley, 1999; PIAS, 2002). In Hong Kong, pet owners increased to 0.26 million (Census and Statistics Department, 2006). Dating back to 1980s, a research study reported the...
Social support and stress reduction in health and disease: Why playing with your pet can be good for your health
Reports | Contributor(s): Christina D. Wright
Understanding disease processes has shifted in past decades from a biomedical to biopsychosocial model accounting not only for biological factors involved in disease, but psychological and social factors as well. A key element in the biopsychosocial approach is stress, and its negative effects...
Reports | Contributor(s): Joan Shambrook Weer
The study of animal behavior has fascinated man ever since the time of Aesop. By long historical tradition, people have seen parodies of human behavior in the actions of animals. However, this subject did not receive any serious attention from scientists until the middle of the nineteenth...
Creating a template of nonverbal cues for immobile recipients to use in communicating with service dogs
Reports | Contributor(s): Marisa B. Laudau
For people with physical disabilities, it is often frustrating and embarrassing to have to constantly ask for assistance with everyday tasks. Service dogs not only provide constant companionship, but they also act as the arms and legs of their disabled owners. By performing tasks such as opening...