Assessment of occupational therapists' attitudes and knowledge of animal-assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Robin M. Hightower
The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and knowledge of occupational therapists of animal-assisted therapy.
Exploratory study of animal assisted therapy interventions used by mental health professionals
Theses | Contributor(s): Dana M. O'Callaghan
The purpose of this study was to explore the various animal assisted interventions mental health professionals incorporate in the therapeutic treatment process, as well as the various therapeutic purposes intended with each technique. Participants were recruited from animal assisted therapy...
Chimeras: The ethics of creating human-animal interspecifics
Theses | Contributor(s): Constanze Huther
In summer 2004, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom about "Human Enhancement, Artificial Beings, and the Future of Humanity" at the University of Oxford. Among other quite exotic topics, chimeras were the subject matter of one of our seminar meetings....
Knowledge, attitudes, and opinions about human-wildlife conflicts held by community leaders in Virginia
Theses | Contributor(s): Regina M. Elsner
Using a mail survey, I questioned 490 representatives of local government (i.e., elected officials, administrative officials, animal control officers, and county Cooperative Extension agents) about their understanding of human-wildlife conflicts in their communities, and their receptivity to...
Human-animal relationships and ecocriticism: A study of the representation of animals in poetry from Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa
Theses | Contributor(s): Syned Dale Makani Mthatiwa
This study analyses the manner in which animals are represented in selected poetry from Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. It discusses the various modes of animal representation the poets draw on, and the ideological influences on their manner of animal representation. It explores the kinds of...
"Re-humanization": The role of human-animal similarity in predicting prejudice towards immigrants and non-human animals
Theses | Contributor(s): Kimberly Costello
Research implies that there may be an association between attitudes toward marginalized human outgroups and non-human animals. Very few studies, however, have specifically tested this relation empirically. The general purpose of the present research was to determine if such a relation exists and...
More than man's best friend: A look at attachment between humans and their canine companions
Theses | Contributor(s): Samantha E. Kennedy
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are currently more than 60 million pet dogs in the United States. This is an increase of nearly eighteen percent since 1991, coinciding with a growing area of research on human's relationships with companion animals and companion...
An investigation of the psychosocial impact of human-animal interaction on a forensic population
Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Krom Fournier
This quasi-experimental field study tested the psychosocial effects of a forensic human-animal interaction (HAI) program on prison inmates. The study assessed the impact of the HAI program using both between-subject and within-subject methods and analyses. A total of 54 male inmates participated...
Studying the human-animal bond in a community setting: A Sharpe community scholars research project
Theses | Contributor(s): Kelly O' Toole
The bond between humans and animals has existed within human society and culture for millions of years (B.J. King, 2010). We have, in the past and present, depended on them for food, clothing, protection, and companionship for our physical well-being (2010). This last feature –companionship...
Performing human-animal relations in Spain: An anthropological study of bullfighting from horseback in Andalusia
Theses | Contributor(s): Kirrilly Thompson
A fundamental concern of human-animal studies is the human-animal boundary. The rider-horse relationship challenges this boundary through a degree of intercorporeality that is symbolised by the centaur. The centaur is transformative and generative; it is part horse, part human but moe than...
The mobile workshop: Mobility, technology, and human-animal interaction in Gonarezhou (national park), 1850- present
Theses | Contributor(s): Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
The dissertation investigates the role of mobility in the interactions of people, technology, and nature in Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe for the last 150 years. It concentrates on the movement of three specific actors. First, it examines the movement of people such as state...
Appalachian animals on our mind: A survey of human-animal relationships in Appalachian literature
Theses | Contributor(s): April Leigh Walters
Humans have lived with nonhuman animals in the Appalachian Mountains for thousands of years. The relationships formed between these two groups of life have changed over the course of that time, but remained complex, nonetheless. This thesis begins to study Appalachian human-animal relationships...
Benefits to pets from the human animal bond: A study of pet owner behaviors and their relation to attachment
Theses | Contributor(s): Deanna Kay Douglas
Researchers have demonstrated clear benefits to humans in their relationship with companion animals; however, little is known about how these animals may benefit from their relationship with humans.The purpose of the current study is to investigate potential benefits of a pet living in a...
Effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth in Ontario
Theses | Contributor(s): Michelle Lem
This thesis is comprised of three studies examining the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth in Ontario. As a relatively new area of study, issues surrounding pet ownership among homeless youth were first explored qualitatively. The first two studies utilized a series of one-on-one...
Clients' service expectations and practitioners' treatment recommendations in veterinary oncology
Theses | Contributor(s): Debbie Lynn Stoewen
Service provision in veterinary oncology in Ontario was examined using a mixed methods approach. First, an interview-based qualitative study explored the service expectations of oncology clients at a tertiary referral centre. Next, a survey-based quantitative study established an understanding...
Man's best friend is trending toward women
Theses | Contributor(s): Courtney M. Miller
Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has experienced a tremendous shift in both the gender of veterinarians entering the field and the particular field of interest for those veterinarians. Veterinary colleges across the nation are graduating classes that are greater than 75% female....
Estimating the early postmortem interval in domestic canines
Theses | Contributor(s): Keith William Proctor
The estimation of time of death (TOD) can be used to aid law enforcement officers in solving criminal cases involving a death. By determining the period from the TOD until the time the body is discovered, forensic investigators can potentially link or rule out a suspect. A great amount of...
Exploring the link between interpersonal violence to animals among juvenile sexual offenders
Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Ann Harness
The purpose of this study was to investigate the types of behaviors juvenile sexual offenders participate in and inflict on animals, and compare them to the behaviors of youths involved in other types of crimes, and youths not involved in any criminal activity. A total of 654 juvenile males...
Farm animal welfare and WTO law: Assessing the legality of policy measures
Theses | Contributor(s): Ike Sharpless
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: This paper identifies the trade policy measures available to countries to protect domestically high farm animal welfare standards and assesses their...
Equine assisted psychotherapy for combat veterans with PTSD
Theses | Contributor(s): Nancy Masters
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem for numerous post war combat veterans who have experienced violent and traumatic conflict scenarios. The importance of determining and making available effective treatment regimes for this disorder has become increasingly more acute due...