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  1. The Effects of Tactile and Indirect Contact with Dogs in a College Population

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kalina Welch

    To assess how physiological stress response is affected by human-canine interactions, one hundred-thirty (n=130) Carroll College students in Helena, Montana participated in trials designed to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in low- and...

  2. Effect of Dog Ownership on Mental Health Disorders and Quality of Life in Veterans

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristoffer Rehder

    Approximately 1 in 5 returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Tanielian & Jaycox, 2008), and 22 percent of veterans suffering from PTSD also report symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Mental health disorders such as...

  3. Using Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) to Examine the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on the Personal and Professional Development of Student Therapists

    Theses | Contributor(s): Dianna Isabel Giraldez

    The Introduction to Equine Assisted Family Therapy course offered at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) provides Master’s and Doctoral level student therapists the opportunity to learn how to conduct an equine session and how to utilize horses as part of the therapeutic process. Students...

  4. Outcomes in language and social skills as seen in children with autism and developmental disabilities participating in equine assisted activities

    Theses | Contributor(s): Megan Koenigseder

    Individuals with developmental disabilities commonly present characteristics that include deficits in social and communicative abilities. A number of intervention strategies have been implemented, but none have proven to be most effective. A somewhat novel approach known as equine assisted...

  5. Hippotherapy Capstone

    Theses | Contributor(s): Autumn O'Hara

    Therapists work with many children with many different diagnoses. One of the most prevalent diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to recent statistics, available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD; which is a...

  6. A Clinical Practice Change Initiative to Incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy in Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Clinical Practice for Children and Adolescents

    Theses | Contributor(s): Donna Rae Cowell

    Background: Children and adolescents mental healthcare needs is vital for the future of our nation’s welfare (American Psychology Association, 2014). Research has indicated AAT may be a considerable choice to help with pediatrics mental healthcare and may be utilized as...

  7. A Systematic Review of Complimentary Therapies to Treat Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of Domestic Abuse

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jordan A. Meeks, Saida Byrami

    Objectives: Explore the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the health of female survivors. Identify complementary therapies that alleviate symptoms of psychological health impacts of IPV on women’s health.Method: An exhaustive search of published, peer reviewed...

  8. Therapeutic Horseback Riding With Military Veterans: Perspectives of Riders, Instructors, and Volunteers

    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie LaFleur

    Statistics reveal that over 353,000 military members have been diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI resulting from war-related activities. With the rising number of war stress injuries, there have not been enough psychotherapeutic services to meet the current demand for the care of returning veterans...

  9. Canine-Assisted Therapies Among U.S. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Integrative Review of The Literature

    Theses | Contributor(s): Olivia A. Kondos

    A sizeable number of U.S. veterans of all ages experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can impact their quality of life; physically, mentally and socially. Consequences of PTSD are associated with physical and emotional disabilities, including ideation of self-harm and even...

  10. White Blood Cell Counts, Parasite Prevalence, and Plasma Cortisol Levels of Dogs in a County Animal Shelter: Changes over Days and Impact of a Program of Repeated Human Interaction

    Theses | Contributor(s): Emily S. Dudley

    Animal shelter housing is highly stressful for a dog, compromising welfare and leading to undesirable behaviors and unknown health consequences. We documented the changes in circulating numbers of white blood cells, plasma cortisol, and fecal parasite shedding of dogs housed for 10 days at a...

  11. Modeling The Zoonotic Transmission Dynamics Of Nipah Virus: Implications For Outbreak Control And Model-Guided Fieldwork

    Theses | Contributor(s): Natasha Wenzel

    Introduction: Nipah virus is considered a biosafety level-4 pathogen that is endemic to bats of the genus Pteropus. Infection in humans presents clinically as febrile encephalitis with an extremely high case-fatality rate (78.2%). Outbreaks of Nipah virus infection have occurred in Bangladesh...

  12. The Correlation Between Snakebites And Meteorological Variations

    Theses | Contributor(s): Chang Na

    Background: In the United States, approximately 45,000 snakebites occur annually and affect many people including veterinarians and farmers.1 Snakebites can cause significant pain and morbidity such as severe bleeding and skin necrosis. Better predictive information on snakebite risk could help...

  13. Landuse practices interface:Human-Wildlife conflict in Lupande game management area

    Theses | Contributor(s): Peter Ngoma

    Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) has become a serious threat to the survival of many endangered species in the world. The sighted examples from different countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Namibia, China and Peru demonstrate the severity of the conflict and suggest that greater in depth...

  14. Interação humano-cão: o social constituído pela relação interespécie

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ceres Berger Faraco

    A presente tese consiste de estudos na área da Psicologia, abordando o sistema social na lnteração Humano-Cão. Defende-se que ha uma sociedade particular constituída por humanos e cães e que a teoria sobre o social de Humberto Maturana nos oferece apoio...

  15. Avaluació de l'efectivitat de la introducció de la teràpia assistida amb gossos al tractament de fisioteràpia per a pacients amb paràlisi cerebral espàstica

    Theses | Contributor(s): Susanna Peiris Bevers

    L’objectiu d’aquest estudi és avaluar els efectes de la introducció de la teràpia assistida amb gossos en el tractament de nens amb paràlisi cerebral espàstica. Es tracta d’un assaig clínic aleatoritzat, longitudinal i de...

  16. Relationship of human and animal tuberculosis in the interface areas of the National parks of the Kafue Basin in Zambia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Musso Munyeme

    Tuberculosis is a disease of worldwide public health and economic importance. In Zambia the disease has been consistently reported in the Kafue Basin without a clear understanding of transmission dynamics in the livestock-wildlife interface. The main objective of this study was to determine the...

  17. The relationship between humans and urban foxes on Prince Edward Island

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristine Martin

    This study examines the relationship between humans and urban foxes living in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In recent years colloquial evidence suggests that there has been an increase in foxes living in urban areas of Prince Edward Island, which may eventually lead to an increase in...

  18. Role of environmental education in addressing Human-Animal conflict in Zambia's game management area

    Theses | Contributor(s): Chimbwe Nyambe

    Human-animal conflict, particularly human-carnivore conflict, is a growing problem in today’s crowded world, and can have significant impacts on both human and wildlife populations. Despite the application of different management practices, both locally and globally, the problem still...

  19. The pet in contemporary art

    Theses | Contributor(s): Elmarie Pretorius

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the figure of the pet in contemporary art. I will argue that the pet offers rich potential for creative exploration that challenges the conventional binaries of self/other, human/animal, and tame/wild in a way that tries to speak of a different...

  20. Social detox

    Theses | Contributor(s): Renn Hartmann

    The extent of animal abuse, neglect and abandonment places increased pressure on animal welfare organisations to protect the welfare of animals. Such organisations operate under restricting circumstances, doing what they can with what they have and under heavy reliance on support from the...