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  1. A community-based social networking intervention to increase walking in dog owners

    Posters | Contributor(s): Deirdra Murphy, Cynthia Ferrara, Jessica Oleski, Emily Panza, Laura Bowen, Brianne Bozella, Kimberly Gada, Clara Savage, Stephanie C. Lemon, Kristin L. Schneider

    Roughly 40% of U.S. households own a dog and while dog ownership is associated with greater engagement in physical activity, up to 60% of dog owners do not achieve the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. The present study aims to develop and test a dog walking intervention...

  2. A Participant Observation Study of the Campus Canines Program at the University of Pittsburgh

    Posters | Contributor(s): Nicole Camaioni

    The Campus Canines Program (CCP) provides the University of Pittsburgh’s community with the opportunity to interact with registered Canine Good Citizen dogs. My objective was to observe and describe the interaction between the dogs and the human participants/volunteers in the CCP at the...

  3. Animal assisted adapted physical activity for children with Cerebral Palsy

    Posters | Contributor(s): Nicole Johnson, Amanda Tepfer, Wendy Baltzer, Megan MacDonald

    Cerebral Palsy is a muscle movement disorder caused by an insult to the immature developing brain before birth. Children with Cerebral Palsy generally have impaired movement, exaggerated joints, floppiness or rigidity of limbs and torso, abnormal posture, involuntary movement, and unsteady...

  4. Animal-Assisted Therapy in Long-Term Care: A Review of the Literature

    Posters | Contributor(s): Jennifer Goodnow, Shannon Tarbox, Erin Zamore, Victoria Zimmerman

    Patients residing in long-term care facilities face many changes and challenges. Many seniors have grown up with pets as part of their daily lives, and animals have provided them with companionship as they age. The purpose of this literature review is to assess the state of the science related...

  5. Are Companion Animals the Secret to Good Health?

    Posters | Contributor(s): Bradley Smith, Petra Bywood

    People keep pets for companionship, recreation and protection rather than for the specific purpose of enhancing health. However, a considerable body of literature supports the idea that companion animals can improve overall quality of life, including physical, social and psychological health,...

  6. Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses: Partnerships & Collaborations

    Posters | Contributor(s): J. Sargeant, A. Whiteman, M. Pham

    The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) mandate is to provide focus and leadership for research, education, and knowledge dissemination in public health at the human-animal-environment interface. This poster focuses on the collaborations of OVC members with external...

  7. Comparative Analysis of Ancient Ritual Sacrifice

    Posters | Contributor(s): Alexandra Price

  8. Could the inclusion of dogs and horses in a psychodynamic psychotherapy provide for a more optimal treatment for patients with personality disorders?

    Posters | Contributor(s): Geza Kovacs

  9. Effects of Human Recreational Activity on The Tameness of Common Loons (Gavia immer) in Northern Wisconsin

    Posters | Contributor(s): Seth Yund

    The Common Loon (Gavia immer) is an aquatic diving bird that lives in freshwater habitats in Canada and the northern U.S.. Human activity on a loon’s resident lake may affect its fitness and behavior, yet few studies identify or quantify these effects. We modified existing techniques that...

  10. Genetic Canine Agression

    Posters | Contributor(s): Isabella O\'Toole

    Canine aggression can pose a serious concern for public and animal welfare. Most of what we know about aggression comes from bite statistics, expert opinions and breed-specific aggressiveness. These sources can often be misleading due to biases toward large or powerful breeds. In this review, I...

  11. Global Vets: Student Vets Sharing a Global Vision

    Posters | Contributor(s): K. Tubby, N. Asotra, K. Lillakas, C. Toscano, A. Peregrine

    Global Vets is a program run through the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) which offers student veterinarians a unique opportunity to investigate animal health care in developing countries. The program strives to enhance working relationships and the exchange of ideas between Canadian...

  12. Great Apes: A Study of Human and Non-Human Primate Interactions in a Zoological Environment

    Posters | Contributor(s): Haley V. Sheehy

  13. Healthy Paws Doggie Day Camp

    Posters | Contributor(s): Alexandra Salazar

    “Healthy Paws Doggie Day Camp” is an event that will help owners and dogs incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. General knowledge of exercise concerning dogs is considerably lacking, obviously observed as they become more obese over time (Fennell, 2005). Between 40-50 percent of...

  14. Inventory of Small and Large Mammal Diversity in a Fragmented Landscape: A Baseline for Investigating Ecological Impacts of Human Disturbance

    Posters | Contributor(s): Joseph Wantuch

    Systematic study of biological diversity is a prerequisite for understanding the ecological effects of climate instability and human disturbance. Our study is part of the Rugar Woods All Taxa Biological Inventory (ATBI) project, which seeks to document the biodiversity of Rugar Woods....

  15. Mapping distributions of ticks and tick-borne diseases in Africa: Effects of climate change and the implications for human and animal health

    Posters | Contributor(s): J. Rothen, R. Bishop, S. Mwaura, C. Daubenberger, V. Pfluger, C. Olds

    This resource provides a poster discussing ticks and tick born diseases in Africa and the effect they have on human and animal health. The document also presents possible solutions to the problem and details progress being made in the field.

  16. Pet-friendly hotel add-on fees as elements of revenue management

    Posters | Contributor(s): Sylvere Hilaire Coussement, Martha Coussement

    This study is for the purose of measuring the impact of add-on fees for pet-friendly accommodations in the revenue management context. This data will be developed using STR Trend report of coded pet-friendly and non-pet-friendl properties and analyzed as a function of occupancy, revenue per...

  17. Stray Dogs Cause Health Risks in Thailand

    Posters | Contributor(s): Kadie Brigham

  18. The Effect of Pets and Nature on Environmental Identity and Connection to Animals

    Posters | Contributor(s): Victoria Whitaker, Kellye Kohn, Alice Fontana, Linda Kunce

    This study examined environmental identity and connection to animals in college students. Previous research has suggested that exposure to animals and nature can increase caring for both animals and nature itself. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four video conditions and analyzed...

  19. The Role of Speech Experience on Cue Trading in Parakeets

    Posters | Contributor(s): Daniel L.E. Carter, Alyssa D. Tronolone, Kanwal Asif, Ann Cheruvil

    Speech perception is a crucial element in the process of human vocal communication, but there are many unanswered questions about the role speech experience plays in this process. This research investigates if experience with human speech sounds will influence speech perception in budgerigars....