Death and Dying in Human and Companion Canine Relations
Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Maria MA Desougi
Since before the Neolithic Revolution, when human civilisation first emerged, humans and canines have lived, and died, together. This Scottish study is conducted in the field of animal-human interaction and, using qualitative methods, applies established insights from the sociology of health...
Art and Becoming-Animal: Reconceptualizing the Animal Imagery in Dorothea Tanning's Post-1955 Paintings
Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Samantha Karam
In 1955, American artist Dorothea Tanning abandoned her figurative Surrealist renderings of dream-like scenarios in favor of a complexly abstract and fragmented style of painting. With few exceptions, the ways in which Tanning’s later works function independently of her earlier paintings...
Equine-Facilitated Counselling and Women With Eating Disorders: Articulating Bodily Experience
Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Hillary Sharpe, Tom Strong
Disordered eating is on the rise and our current conceptualization and treatment of such problems neglects a corporeal-relational understanding in favour of a more cognitive approach. In this hermeneutic phenomenological study, I explore the experiences of fourteen women with eating disorders...
From Steppe to Stable: Horses and Horsemanship in the Ancient World
Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Carolyn Willekes, Waldemar Heckel
This dissertation is a re-evaluation of the horse in the ancient world. The approach is not based on humans and human controls, rather it seeks to examine the equines of antiquity from the viewpoint of the horses themselves. This is accomplished by looking at equine conformation and how form...
"Maintaining the Mobility of the Corps:" Horses, Mules, and the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps in the Great War
Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Andrew McEwen, Patrick Brennan
Animal transportation played a crucial role in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the Great War. In an era of growing mechanization and technological development, horses and mules still provided the overwhelming bulk of draught power in the combat zone. They hauled artillery,...
Perceptions of Risk Factors and Mitigating Strategies for Water Related Zoonotic Diseases on Small-Scale Integrated Farms in Vietnam
Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Quynh Ba Le, David Clement Hall, Susan Catherine Cork
Small-scale integrated (SSI) farming is a common agricultural model in Vietnam. However, SSI farmers use contaminated water, have no access to hygienic latrines, and have very limited awareness about water quality or environmental sanitation. There are potential interactions in the context of...
An evaluation of models for an animal care program in wildlife research for Parks Canada
Theses | Contributor(s): Jacqueline Wepruk, Stephen M Herrero, Marcy Wilhelm-South
Horses and Mules of the Canadian Artillery and Ammunition Columns during the First World War
Theses | Contributor(s): Samantha Lemna, Patrick Brennan, Marcy Wilhelm-South
This thesis develops a narrative for the horses and mules of the Canadian artillery units and ammunition columns, while consequently expanding that of the soldiers serving alongside them. Carrying out mounted, draught, and pack work, these animals played an invaluable role in military...
Exploring the Role of Communication in Companion Animal Obesity in the Veterinary Practice
Theses | Contributor(s): Alexandra Phillips, Cindy Adams (adviser)
Veterinarians are tasked with an important communication challenge when treating obese cats and dogs, as obesity among pets remains a prevalent health and welfare concern. Our objectives were to 1) foster further understanding of the owner and veterinary perspectives of the complex factors that...
Fulfilling the Fundamentals of Life: A Grounded Theory of the Process of Human-Horse Relationship Development
Theses | Contributor(s): Darlene Joy Chalmers, Constance Barlow (adviser), Cindy Adams (adviser)
This thesis explores how relationships develop between humans and their equine companions, and how such relationships may be mutually beneficial. Specifically, the research question asks: What are the processes that occur in the interaction between humans and horses? The research employs a...
Understanding Spinner Dolphin Marine Tourism in Hawai'i: A Social Approach to Assessing Underwater Interactions
Theses | Contributor(s): Carlie S. Wiener
The popularity of wild spinner dolphin interactions in the Hawaiian Islands has led to the expansion of businesses that incorporate in-water experiences with the dolphins. The growth of dolphin-related commerce has spread so quickly that regulations have not been able to keep up. Subsequently,...
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Exploration of the Adult Client's Experience of Individual Psychotherapy with the Assistance of a Dog
Theses | Contributor(s): Hannah Allen-Miller
Encountering the Other: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Horse/Human Interaction
Theses | Contributor(s): Hana Gartner
This thesis asks how and why a serendipitous and spontaneous personal encounter with a being from another species created an ongoing bond. Through the lens of three intersecting disciplines: environmental studies, animal behaviour and health science, I explore how the horse, over time, has gone...
The Influence of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy on the Establishment of the Therapeutic Alliance with Maltreated Children in Residential Care
Theses | Contributor(s): Nancy Parish-Plass
Background: A large proportion of maltreated children carry their experiences as secrets into adulthood, leading to the continuation of the maltreatment, developmental trauma, and prevention of treatment. Many undiscovered maltreated children are referred to therapy due to behavioral and...
Hippotherapy as a modality in rehabilitation
Theses | Contributor(s): H. Rebecca Adams, Peggy Mohr (adviser)
Hippotherapy is fast becoming a treatment option for today's therapists. Recent efforts in rehabilitation have focused on emphasizing the "multidisciplinary team" approach, involving occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathologists as well as including...
The effects of hippotherapy in children and adolescents with autism : a systematic review
Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Layne Ybarbo
The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effectiveness of hippotherapy, also known as horse- or equine-assisted therapy, for improving the socialization and communication behaviors of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The PubMed research database was...
The effect of therapy dogs on children in a learning environment
Theses | Contributor(s): Kimberly Ann Sheckler, Roberta DiHoff (adviser)
Having a dog in school can seem exciting for many students, but can these furry companions actually help students attain higher levels of academic success? The benefits of therapy dogs in an educational setting can be seen in many research studies. Dogs in the classroom can be used to calm...
Implementation of an Animal Assisted Activity Program into a Rural Long-Term Care Facility to Increase the Perceived Quality of Life of Residents
Theses | Contributor(s): Vonnie Pattison, Patricia Cullen (adviser)
Older people who have moved from familiar home surroundings to institutionalized facilities could find that the institutions will put restrictions on their personal belongings, possessions, loved ones, and pets. Loneliness and depression are common in long-term care facilities (Banks &...
Evaluating the physical welfare of dogs in commercial breeding facilities in the United States
Theses | Contributor(s): Moriah J. Hurt, Candace Croney (adviser)
Despite high levels of public concern, the state of commercial breeding (CB) dog welfare is largely unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize the physical welfare of dogs in CB facilities and their environment in Indiana. This study specifically aimed 1) to characterize dog foot...
The impact of tickling rats on human-animal interactions and rat welfare
Theses | Contributor(s): Megan Renee LaFollette, Brianna N Gaskill (adviser)
Rats initially fear humans which can lead to negative affect, poor welfare, and difficult handling. Also, modeling and measuring positive affect states in rats can pose an additional challenge. Heterospecific play, or “tickling,” is a handling habituation technique that mimics rat...