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  1. Interspecies Communication in Homo Sapiens and Canis Lupis Familiaris: A Meta Analysis

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Karissa L. Panzino

    Interspecies communication is a fundamental aspect of many creatures. Knowing what another animal is saying could not only prove interesting, it could quite literally save a life. For humans, human-canine communication is arguably the most prevalent form of interspecies communication, and is...

  2. An Evaluation of the Oral Microbiome and Potential Zoonoses of Two Ubiquitous South African Strepsirrhines, Otolemur crassicaudatus and Galago moholi.

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Michael John Strinden

    As Otolemur crassicaudatus and Galago moholi are ubiquitous throughout part of South Africa they are thought to be at little conservation risk. However, this has resulted in a situation where these species are seldom studied. This thesis addresses this lack of knowledge...

  3. The Biocultural Landscape of Zoonotic Disease: Examining Human-Animal Vulnerability to Anthrax on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer A. Ida

    The focus of this thesis is to provide a holistic understanding of the political, cultural, environmental, and biological factors that may be contributing to increased vulnerability to anthrax in Wayuu and non-Wayuu human and livestock communities in La Guajira, Colombia. Qualitative data...

  4. Pause with Paws: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Animal Visitation Program at a Small Vermont University

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Smith

    This evidence-based practice change pilot project explored college student perceptions of the efficacy of an animal visitation program (AVP) toward reducing perceived stress. Using a quantitative, longitudinal pre- and post-intervention design, a convenience sample of students from a Vermont...

  5. The Biocultural Landscape of Zoonotic Disease: Examining Human-Animal Vulnerability to Anthrax on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Ashley Ida

    The focus of this thesis is to provide a holistic understanding of the political, cultural, environmental, and biological factors that may be contributing to increased vulnerability to anthrax in Wayuu and non-Wayuu human and livestock communities in La Guajira, Colombia. Qualitative data...

  6. The effect of a pet's presence upon anxiety during a simulated clinical interview

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kenneth G. Weigand

    Recognizing the importance of evolutionary parallels between humans and other animals, researchers make use of animals to better the understanding of people in various fields of study, such as history, ecology, medicine, psychology, and sociology (Levinson, 1978). Boris Levinson (1962) was an...

  7. Understanding the Value of Dog Facilitated Psychotherapy, What Theory Emerges?

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Annemarie Una Harmon O'Brien

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a field that is growing substantially with animals purported to be a panacea from everything from autism to prisoner reform. In many countries they are incorporated into psychotherapy process. The researcher wanted to explore if this is a valid form of practice, the...

  8. The Effects of Pet Visitation and Human Interaction on the Happiness of Retirement Home Residents

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Candace Jean Donaghy, Richard Tucker (adviser)

  9. Sosiaalipedagoginen hevostoiminta toimintakyvyn tukena

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Susanna Haapiainen

    Tutkimuksen tavoitteena oli selvittää, kuinka vaikuttavaa sosiaalipedagoginen hevostoiminta on siihen osallistuneiden toimintakyvyn kannalta. Tämä vaikuttavuus toimintakykyyn selvitettiin asiakkaiden omasta näkökulmasta katsoen. Tutkimuksessa käytettiin kahta...

  10. Modeling a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Population and Evaluating Possible Conservation Methods, Including the Use of Eco-tourism and Education

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Dana Hackel

  11. Woollying the Boundaries: Perceptions of, and Interventions into, Upland Sheep Farming in Wales

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ffion Jones

    This thesis uses an interdisciplinary methodological approach including art practice, ethnography and autoethnography as a way of examining the relationship between a farming family and their upland sheep farm in mid- Wales. It draws on the ethnographic methods of ‘participant...

  12. The Influence of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy on the Establishment of the Therapeutic Alliance with Maltreated Children in Residential Care

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    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...

  13. Practice Patterns of Equine Assisted Psychotherapists

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Haley Gresham

    Modeled after Doherty & Simmons’ (1996) study on the practice patterns of marriage and family therapists, this project explored similar questions about equine assisted/facilitated psychotherapists who are members of two main certification organizations, EAGALA and PATH Intl. An...

  14. The Potential of Green Care Interventions to Promote Positive Youth Development with a One Health Lens

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Hagit Brandes

    The first part of this study is making a conceptual tie between three distinct bodies of knowledge: Green Care, Positive Youth Development (PYD), and One Health. Green Care is an organizing construct for various interventions that use nature as a framework. I suggest that a nature-based program...

  15. Equine-assisted psychotherapy as an effective therapy in comparison to or in conjunction with traditional therapies

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristen A. Wilson

    Mental disorders are a prevalent health issue that has an extensive amount of variability in the quantity of disorders, affected populations, and treatment. There are a multitude of approaches or therapeutic methods used by the mental health community. Although each therapy is valuable in...

  16. Playing for sheep stations : a discourse analysis of wild dog management and control policy in New South Wales, Australia

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Penelope Margaret Marshall

    This thesis challenges the constitutive and taken-for-granted assumptions of the current dominant administrative rationalist discourse of wild dog management and control (WMDC) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It asks: To what extent can conflicts over WDMC in NSW be understood in terms of...

  17. Työntekijöiden näkemyksiä sosiaalipedagogisesta hevostoiminnasta

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Maija Larja

    Tämän opinnäytetyön aiheena on sosiaalipedagoginen hevostoiminta. Toiminta perustuu sosiaalipedagogiseen viitekehykseen, jonka kolme keskeistä elementtiä ovat yhteisöllisyys, toiminnallisuus ja elämyksellisyys. Opinnäytetyön tavoitteena oli...

  18. "Eläinavusteisilla menetelmillä on niinku isompi potentiaali käsillä kuin mitä me ehkä välttämättä edes ymmärretäänkään" : eläinavusteisuuden merkitykset tunne- ja vuorovaikutustaitojen harjoittelussa asiakkaan, ammattilaisen ja sosiaalialan näkökulm

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Katri Oijennus, Riikka Valo

    Sosiaalialalla tapahtuu merkittäviä muutoksia sosiaalihuoltolakiuudistuksen sekä tulevan maakunta- eli sote-uudistuksen myötä. Nämä muutokset näkyvät monitasoisesti myös työkentillä asiakastyöhön juurrutettavien uusien...

  19. The Interspecies Family: Attitudes and Narratives

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Nicole Lynne Owens

    Families are conceptualized and accomplished in increasingly diverse ways in the 21st century. A constructionist framework was utilized to examine a widespread contemporary family form, the interspecies family. This mixed-method approach relied on both quantitative survey data and qualitative...

  20. Attitude change regarding animal abuse in adults the effect of education and visual aids

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ashley Carter

    Additionally, images of animals alone immediately increased attitudes regarding treatment of animals. This difference does not appear to increase further over time. Images of animals alone appear to aid in immediately altering individuals' sense of continuity with animals. The attitude that...