The design of visitation facilities to engage patients with their own cats and dogs
Contributor(s):: Perez-Camargo, G., Creagan, E. T.
Food puzzles for cats: feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing
Contributor(s):: Dantas, L. M. S., Delgado, M. M., Johnson, I., Buffington, C. A. T.
Practical relevance: Many pet cats are kept indoors for a variety of reasons (eg, safety, health, avoidance of wildlife predation) in conditions that are perhaps the least natural to them. Indoor housing has been associated with health issues, such as chronic lower urinary tract signs, and...
Welfare effects of a disease eradication programme for dairy goats
Contributor(s):: Muri, K., Leine, N., Valle, P. S.
The Norwegian dairy goat industry has largely succeeded in controlling caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), caseous lymphadenitis (CLA) and paratuberculosis through a voluntary disease eradication programme called Healthier Goats (HG). The aim of this study was to apply an on-farm welfare...
The National Wildlife Control Training Program: an evolution in wildlife damage management education for industry professionals
Contributor(s):: Curtis, Paul D., Smith, Raj, Hygnstrom, Scott
Diurnal rhythms, locations and behavioural sequences associated with eliminative behaviours in fattening pigs
Contributor(s):: Guo, YuGuang, Lian, XinMing, Yan, PeiShi
Understanding eliminative behaviours in pigs is very important to maintain individual and pen cleanliness. In this experiment, twenty fattening pigs were housed in four concrete floor pens with a floor space of 3.25 m 2 per pig and free accessibility of outdoor runs. We studied the diurnal...
Oct 05 2015
Facility Strategies for Animal Research and Biocontainment Conference
A continuous recording approach to qualitative behaviour assessment in dairy buffaloes ( Bubalus bubalis)
Contributor(s):: Napolitano, F., Rosa, G. de, Serrapica, M., Braghieri, A.
In order to develop a method suitable for a continuous qualitative evaluation of animal behaviour while it changes during the observation period, two recently described techniques, the Qualitative Behaviour Assessment (QBA) and the Temporal Dominant Behavioural Expression (TDBE), derived by the...
Environmental complexity and use of space in slow growing free range chickens
Contributor(s):: Rodriguez-Aurrekoetxea, A., Leone, E. H., Estevez, I.
Production environments for meat poultry are generally bi-dimensional open areas where birds tend to cluster along the walls. We investigated the impact of increasing environmental complexity (EC) on slow-growing free-range chickens raised under commercial conditions. The study was conducted in...
Dog Park Design: A Successful Southwest Dog Park
Contributor(s):: James Harrison Melnick
Dog parks are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas where little space is available for interactions with dogs off-leash. Dog parks should help the well-being of the owners and ensure a sense of security for themselves and their canines. However, a poorly designed dog park or dog-friendly...
Killing of spent laying hens using CO 2 in poultry barns
Contributor(s):: Berg, C., Yngvesson, J., Nimmermark, S., Sandstrom, V., Algers, B.
In Sweden, laying hens are killed using the following methods: (i) traditional slaughter; (ii) on-farm with CO 2 in a mobile container combined with a grinder; or (iii) with CO 2 inside the barn. The number of hens killed using the latter method has increased. During these killings a veterinarian...
Characteristics of urban constructions occupied by bats
Contributor(s):: Robin Vander Pol, Kenneth Wilkins (adviser)
Certain bat species like Myotis velifer (cave myotis), Pipistrellus subflavus (eastern pipistrelle), and Tadarida brasiliensis (Mexican free-tailed) of Waco, Texas roost in buildings, sometimes even when more natural roosting structures are available. However, not much research has been done...
Animal housing and welfare: effects of housing conditions on body weight and cortisol in a medium-sized rodent ( Cavia aperea)
Contributor(s):: Schumann, K., Guenther, A., Jewgenow, K., Trillmich, F.
Rodents are the most abundant experimental nonhuman animals and are commonly studied under standard laboratory housing conditions. As housing conditions affect animals' physiology and behavior, this study investigated the effects of indoor and outdoor housing conditions on body weight and...
The choice to access outdoor areas affects the behavior of great apes
Contributor(s):: Kurtycz, L. M., Wagner, K. E., Ross, S. R.
Outdoor access is often cited as a critical component of appropriate housing for great apes in captivity, and although studies have shown that offering primates choices can improve welfare, choice to access specific areas has been empirically neglected. Behavioral data were collected on...
Naturalistic exhibits may be more effective than traditional exhibits at improving zoo-visitor attitudes toward African apes
Contributor(s):: Lukas, K. E., Ross, S. R.
Zoos play a unique role in wildlife conservation, particularly in the area of conservation education. Because of their popularity and flagship status for broader conservation issues, great apes may prove to be one of the most important educational conduits in zoos. In 2002, we surveyed knowledge...
Differential preference for ultraviolet light among captive birds from three ecological habitats
Contributor(s):: Ross, M. R., Gillespie, K. L., Hopper, L. M., Bloomsmith, M. A., Maple, T. L.
Pet's presence and owner's blood pressures during the daily lives of pet owners with pre- to mild hypertension
Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H. S., Chapa, D., McCune, S.
Social interactions, cortisol and reproductive success of domestic goats ( Capra hircus) subjected to different animal densities during pregnancy
Contributor(s):: Vas, J., Chojnacki, R., Kjoren, M. F., Lyngwa, C., Andersen, I. L.
The effect of a view to the surroundings and microclimate variables on use of a loafing area in housed dairy cattle
Contributor(s):: Haskell, M. J., Maslowska, K., Bell, D. J., Roberts, D. J., Langford, F. M.
Comparing the relative benefits of grooming-contact and full-contact pairing for laboratory-housed adult female Macaca fascicularis. (Special Issue: The welfare of laboratory primates.)
Contributor(s):: Lee, G. H., Thom, J. P., Chu, K. L., Crockett, C. M.