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  1. Human-Animal Relationships in Traditional Healing Methods: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

    Contributor(s): Ashley M. Long, Dr. Jeffrey Kaufmann (adviser)

    Limpiezas are a form of ritual used around the world for healing and diagnosis illness. In a lot of cases, rituals such as these are used with other objects such as bones, flowers, eggs, or animals. Within the Santeria and Andean cultures, limpiezas are performed using animals; it is the goal of...

  2. Human–Dolphin Encounter Spaces: A Qualitative Investigation of the Geographies and Ethics of Swim-With-The-Dolphins Programs

    Contributor(s): Kristin L. Stewart, J. Anthony Stallins (adviser)

    Throughout history and all over the world, dolphins have been welcomed across the human-animal boundary as an ethical subject fit for human companionship. The dolphin’s charismatic status has led to a burgeoning swim-with-dolphins industry that offers eager customers opportunities for close,...

  3. Therapeutic Riding and Its Effect on Self-Esteem

    Contributor(s): Jill C. Hardy, Susan M. Schultz (adviser)

    This paper documents the history of equine assisted therapy, therapeutic riding programs and the value of utilizing the equine as part of an alternative program for children and adults with disabilities. The researcher performed a qualitative study by working with two equine centers certified for...

  4. The Effects of a Therapy Animal on College Student Stress and Arousal

    Contributor(s): Michelle Bjick, Katharine Hill (adviser)

    Colleges are facing increasing levels of distressed students and need a wide variety of tools to assist them. One such modality is animal-assisted interaction; an integrative practice with minimal side effects. This study attempted to demonstrate that spending time with animals will decrease a...

  5. Companion Animal Loss in a Clinical Veterinary Practice Medical Setting

    Contributor(s): Robin A. Lambert, Andrea Nesmith (adviser)

    Full article available for download on September 23rd, 2014. The majority of American households own a pet; however, despite the widespread popularity of companion animal ownership, modern society does not regard companion animal loss as “socially significant” loss, making this a form of...

  6. What do Therapists Think is the Uniqueness of Animal Assisted Therapy that Engages Children?

    Contributor(s): Megan Marie Mensink, Sarah M. Ferguson (adviser)

    What do therapists believe is the uniqueness of animal assisted therapy that engages children? This is the main question this research aims to answer. The purpose of this study was to get the opinions of therapists on how animal assisted therapies benefit children. In this qualitative study, the...

  7. Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Therapists' Perspectives

    Contributor(s): Nichole M. Budahn, Valandra (adviser)

    Animal-assisted therapy has frequently been used with children who have autism spectrum disorder. This study examined animal-assisted therapists’ perceptions of effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy with children who have DSM-IV mental health diagnoses. The researcher recruited self-identified...

  8. "There are Beasts!" The Relationship Between Humans and Elephants in Xishuangbanna

    Contributor(s): Hannah Larson

    In Jinghong, the capital city of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, elephants are everywhere. Unlike some Southeast Asian cities, however, where live domestic elephants roam the streets, these are depictions of elephants. On a walk through the city, one might see a city park lined with...

  9. The Effects of Animals on Children's Development of Perspective-Taking Abilities

    Contributor(s): Mika Maruyama, Dalton Miller-Jones (adviser)

    Although attention to the effects of child-animal interactions on children's development has increased in the last three decades, developmental psychology has not attended to the importance of the effects of animals on children's development. There is a need to consider the possible impacts of...

  10. "You Can See it in Their Eyes:" A Communication Ethnography of a Humane Society

    Contributor(s): Sara Victoria Alicia Kaufman, Susan B. Poulsen (adviser)

    This study sought to understand the culture-sharing group of people working within the shelter area of a Pacific Northwest animal shelter through the Ethnography of Communication. About 63% of households in the United States live with a companion animal (Risley-Curtis et al., 2006). Recently,...

  11. The effect of a therapeutic horsemanship program on emotionally disturbed boys

    Contributor(s): Alisa J. Greenwald, Alfred W. Ward (adviser)

    The relationships between humans and animals have been associated with various therapeutic implications. While there is no agreed upon name, the term “pet facilitated therapy” has become widely accepted. Pet facilitated therapy has been particularly adopted to describe the relationship between...

  12. Ojibwe and Canis Lupus : cultural, historical, and political influences on contemporary wolf management in the Great Lakes region

    Contributor(s): Caitlin Williamson

    My thesis examines the relationship between the Ojibwe and the gray wolf (Canis lupus) by examining the historical, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped how Ojibwe currently view the wolf. I compare this relationship with the contemporary management of the wolf by federal and state...

  13. Horsing Around? Hippotherapy as a Context for Speech Therapy

    Contributor(s): Kara Schricker, Jennifer Jipson (adviser)

    Language and communication are essential to our daily lives. With it we are able to express our wants and needs without frustration, without it we would not be able to effortlessly engage in the communication that is so essential to our daily lives. Children typically follow a pattern of...

  14. Undergraduate education and attitudes towards swine welfare

    Contributor(s): Maureen K. Petersen, Cornelia Flora (adviser)

    How does training in animal science impact college student attitudes toward swine welfare? I devised an on-line survey of first year and senior students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to determine if year in school, major, and farm background was related to concerns about swine...

  15. Animal-human interaction comparing live human observation and digital image evaluation methodologies

    Contributor(s): Shawna Leigh Weimer, Anna Johnson (adviser)

    The expectation from retailers and the public for food animal producers to continually evaluate and improve on-farm animal welfare practices will continue. The U.S. swine industry has the Pork Quality Plus education and assessment program and starting in 2011 began on-farm third party...

  16. Dairy Farming and Cattle Ranching; Consequences on Human and Environmental Health

    Contributor(s): William Preston (adviser), Sarah Kensky

    The recent controversy shaped by author Michael Pollan’s visit to Cal Poly’s campus has sparked my interest in the ongoing debates surrounding both dairy farms and cattle ranching.My time spent at Cal Poly in the Social Sciences major has made me aware of the issue of sustainability. In my senior...

  17. Effect of a Wildlife Conservation Camp Experience in China on Student Knowledge of Animals, Care, Propensity for Environmental Stewardship, and Compassionate Behavior Toward Animals

    Contributor(s): Sarah Marie Bexell, Dr. Olga S. Jarrett (adviser), Dr. Barbara Meyers (adviser), Dr. Olin E. Myers (adviser), Dr. Molly H. Weinburgh (adviser), Dr. Rebecca J. Snyder (adviser), Dr. Yali Zhao (adviser)

    The goal of conservation education is positive behavior change toward animals and the environment. This study was conducted to determine whether participation in a wildlife conservation education camp was effective in positively changing 8-12 year old students’: (a) knowledge of animals, (b) care...

  18. The value of relationships with other species

    Contributor(s): Christopher M. Rice

    Many humans seek out and find value in relationships of care for other species. In this dissertation, I defend these relationships as a basic objective element of human well-being. ^ To begin, I defend an objective list theory of human well-being according to which a plurality of basic objective...

  19. Protective-restoring to maintain self integrity : a grounded theory of the human experience of dog relinquishment

    Contributor(s): Mary Ellen Elizabeth Edwards, Dr. Eyal Gringart (adviser), Dr Deirdre Drake (adviser)

    Dog relinquishment or ‘getting rid of the dog’ is common practice in Australia and other countries where dogs are kept as pets. Each year thousands of dogs are relinquished for a variety of reasons. While losing a pet through death can be as devastating for some people as the death of a loved...

  20. Medical Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy

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    Contributor(s): Patricia M Durant

    In today society animals are an important part of a families lives. Their pets are their family and sometimes their children. Knowing the world as it has become many pets are treated much better then some children. Having a pet, like having a child should be a privilege. Many people feel their...