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  1. Practices and Perceptions of Animal Contact and Associated Health Outcomes in Pregnant Women and New Mothers

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    | Contributor(s):: Hsin-Yi Weng, Kimberly Ankrom

    Companion animals play an important role in our society. However, pregnant women and new mothers might have specific concerns about animal-associated health outcomes because of their altered immune function and posture as well as their newborn babies. The study was conducted to collect baseline...

  2. Consumer value journey with pet in multiple service touchpoints

    | Contributor(s):: Jaakko Autio, Ari Kuismin, Minna Autio, Henna Syrjälä, Eliisa Kylkilahti

    Our paper explores how consumer value is negotiated in pet-related services. We combine the discussion on value with the standpoint of service design; the approaches of consumer journey and service touchpoints. The contribution lies in discussing how consumer value is experienced in pet-related...

  3. Effects of guest feeding programs on captive giraffe behavior

    | Contributor(s):: Orban, D. A., Siegford, J. M., Snider, R. J.

    Zoological institutions develop human-animal interaction opportunities for visitors to advance missions of conservation, education, and recreation; however, the animal welfare implications largely have yet to be evaluated. This behavioral study was the first to quantify impacts of guest feeding...

  4. Assessing the dog: a theoretical analysis of the companion animal's actions in human-animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Vitztum, C., Urbanik, J.

    Companion animals are proposed as valuable assets in human-animal interaction (HAI) for human-health interventions. The benefit of a HAI is presumably based on the interaction between the two species. Although the actions and reactions of the human are routinely evaluated, nominal consideration...

  5. Animal-assisted therapy for youth: a systematic methodological critique

    | Contributor(s):: May, D. K., Seivert, N. P., Cano, A., Casey, R. J., Johnson, A.

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for youth has the potential to benefit both physical and mental health outcomes. Yet little is known about the extent to which study designs in this area are aligned with established standards of intervention research. This critical review assesses current research...

  6. Empathy towards animals and belief in animal-human-continuity in Italian veterinary students

    | Contributor(s):: Colombo, E. S., Pelosi, A., Prato-Previde, E.

    Empathy towards animals and beliefs in animal-human continuity appear to play an important role in shaping the human-animal relationship and in determining the way animals are treated and cared for. Veterinary medicine plays a central role in animal welfare and has been recognised as a highly...

  7. Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States

    | Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander

    The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...

  8. Animal welfare aspects in cat ownershipTierschutzrelevante Aspekte bei der Katzenhaltung

    | Contributor(s):: Hoefer, M.

    A review on the policies, welfare issues, and law on cat ownership in Germany was presented.

  9. On-site veterinary medical evaluation and care of working dogs and horses at the 2012 Republican National Convention

    | Contributor(s):: Chatfield, J. A., Dewell, R., Miranda, A. J., Wilcox, S., Vannieuwenhoven, T. J.

    Objective - To describe on-site veterinary medical care for working dogs and horses deployed for the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla, August 24 to 30, 2012. Design - Retrospective case series. Sample - 130 dogs and 45 horses. Procedures - Data collected included breed,...

  10. Veterinary social work: Practice within veterinary settings

    | Contributor(s):: Holcombe, T. Melissa, Strand, Elizabeth B., Nugent, William R., Ng, Zenithson Y.

  11. Grief for pets. Part 3: Supporting clients

    | Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Dealing with clients' distress, especially at euthanasia, is one of the main stressors for veterinary nurses. However, few have had formal training in how the death of an animal companion affects clients, and how to communicate with them. This article introduces some practical approaches and...

  12. Veterinarians' perspectives on dealing with people

    | Contributor(s):: Owens, N.

    This study was used to examine how practicing veterinarians protect the self when dealing with people at work. Veterinarians interact with the people attached to their patients in myriad ways in order to accomplish their organizational goals. Data collected during semistructured interviews with...

  13. Studying for Exams Just Got More Relaxing -- Animal-Assisted Activities at the University of Connecticut Library

    | Contributor(s):: Reynolds, Jo Ann, Rabschutz, Laurel

  14. Are you treating all creatures great and small?

    | Contributor(s):: Cope, I.

    The exotic pet turning up in the waiting room of the local practice is a growing trend. Their owners expect veterinarians to be able to see and triage most species, but is this a fair expectation? Should vets be able to see and treat all creatures great and small or are those days of James...

  15. Integrating Therapy Dog Teams in a Physical Activity Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Obrusnikova, Iva, Cavalier, Albert R., Bibik, Janice M., Manley, Kyle

  16. Transitioning registered handler-animal therapy from the institution to the community

    | Contributor(s):: Green, Analeah

  17. Operant conditioning of urination by calves

    | Contributor(s):: Vaughan, A., Passille, A. M. de, Stookey, J., Rushen, J.

    The accumulation of faeces and urine in dairy barns is a cause of cattle and human health concerns and environmental problems. It is usually assumed that cattle are not capable of controlling defecation and urination. We tested whether calves could be taught to urinate in a location using either...

  18. Social dimensions of the human-avian bond: parrots and their persons

    | Contributor(s):: Anderson, P. K.

    Though birds are among the most popular companion animals in the United States, little scholarly research has focused on the human- companion parrot relationship. This study uses an ethnographic approach and qualitative analysis to examine the parrot-pet owner relationship. Two and one half weeks...

  19. Pet ownership among homeless youth: Associations with mental health, service utilization and housing status

    | Contributor(s):: Rhoades, Harmony, Winetrobe, Hailey, Rice, Eric

  20. A brief note on the information-seeking behavior of UK leisure horse owners

    | Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, J., Creighton, E.

    Equine welfare charities have identified the education of (primarily novice) horse owners as the principal route to tackling the majority of equine welfare problems in the United Kingdom. To reach and educate owners effectively, we must understand where they seek advice about issues that arise...