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  1. Pause with Paws: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Animal Visitation Program at a Small Vermont University

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    | Contributor(s):: Angela Smith

    This evidence-based practice change pilot project explored college student perceptions of the efficacy of an animal visitation program (AVP) toward reducing perceived stress. Using a quantitative, longitudinal pre- and post-intervention design, a convenience sample of students from a Vermont...

  2. The association between owning domestic dogs as pets and the productivity amongst college students

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Gerace

    In the class Research Methods in Healthcare, we explored an introduction to the different kinds of research that are commonly used in healthcare and the benefits and uses of each kind. Always having a love for dogs, I wondered whether or not they would have any association with the level of...

  3. Nature Awareness and Science Achievement in Middle School: A Correlational Study

    | Contributor(s):: Maegan Freese, Andrew Fultz

  4. The effect of therapy dogs on children in a learning environment

    | Contributor(s):: Kimberly Ann Sheckler, Roberta DiHoff (adviser)

    Having a dog in school can seem exciting for many students, but can these furry companions actually help students attain higher levels of academic success? The benefits of therapy dogs in an educational setting can be seen in many research studies. Dogs in the classroom can be used to calm...

  5. See Spot Read: How the Presence of a Therapy Dog Influences the Reading Skills of Children in the First-Grade

    | Contributor(s):: Chelsea Addison

    The purpose of this study was to examine if the presence of a therapy dog influences the reading skills of first-grade students. Specifically, the researcher assessed the participants’ reading rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension across two conditions (reading with a dog present...

  6. Who Let the Therapy Dogs Out? The Impacts of Therapy Dog Assisted Activites on Undergraduate Students' Perceived Stress Levels

    | Contributor(s):: Ashley Ann Asel

    This study had two major purposes. The first was to determine if therapy dogs played a significant role in helping students reduce the amount of stress they were experiencing while they were studying for their end of the semester final exams. Research suggests that when individuals are...

  7. The Effects of Canine Therapy on Academics, Behavior, and Motivation of Students

    | Contributor(s):: Maria Rector

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether canine therapy provided by the B.A.R.K.S. program was effective in increasing reading achievement, impacting the motivation of students while participating in therapy, and decreasing off-task behaviors in the classroom. This study focused on...

  8. The Effects of Animal Assisted Therapy on Mood and Anxiety in College Students

    | Contributor(s):: Ashley Chermak

    During this study, I tested the effects of an Animal Assisted Therapy video on participants’ mood quality and anxiety level. I hypothesized that participants who watched an AAT video would report better mood and lower anxiety than the control group. Forty three undergraduates completed two...

  9. The Effect of Animals in the Classroom on Emotionally Disturbed Students

    | Contributor(s):: Alissa Donnell

    Students with emotional disturbances are often the first to drop out of school. Having an effective technique to prevent the high drop out rate in any school will be beneficial to educators and administration. The following research study answers the question "How do emotionally disturbed...

  10. One Health Knowledge Assessment, Curriculum Development, and Evaluation for Middle School Students

    | Contributor(s):: Kimathi Choma

    The One Health concept is of critical importance to public health. The One Health concept promotes awareness and understanding of the interconnections among human, animal and environmental health. This study was designed to target middle school students in order to promote the One Health concept...

  11. Feasibility of a volunteer dog-walking program for high school students and shelter dogs in Chico, California

    | Contributor(s):: Danielle Allred

    Dog-walking is gaining recognition as a way of combating sedentary lifestyles. Dog owners who walk their dogs are more likely to meet physical activity standards recommended by the Center for Disease Control, and studies have shown positive benefits resulting from animal interaction, including...

  12. The Effect of Watching a Large or Small Pseudo Shelter Dog Sit on Command on College Students' Self-rated Willingness to Adopt

    | Contributor(s):: Vanessa Hajek

    AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF Vanessa M. Hajek for the Master of Science in Psychology presented Title: The Effect of Watching a Large or Small Pseudo Shelter Dog Sit on Command on College Students’ Self-rated Willingness to Adopt    Abstract approved: This study investigated...

  13. A Manual and Curriculum for the Use of Service Dogs to Support the Social Communication, Behavior, and Academic Development of Students with Autism and Other Disabilities

    | Contributor(s):: Kerry Kosmicki

    The product for this project is a curriculum for using service dogs in the classroom as a catalyst for improving social communication, behavioral, and academic skills for students, with a focus upon students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This manual includes the curriculum entitled...

  14. Incorporating veterinary science CDE standards into current companion animal science course

    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Ammon

    To allow students to reach the full potential of the three-ring agriculture education model, students must excel in all three categories: FFA (formally Future Farmers of America), Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and the classroom/laboratory. SAE experience begins at the local level....

  15. High school students' perceptions of animal mentation and their opinions on animal use in medical research and entertainment

    | Contributor(s):: Carol M. Okamoto

    This study explored the relationship between high school students' perceptions of animal mentation and liking of animals with agreement on animal use in medical research and entertainment. Higher judgments of animal mentation and Iiking were predicted to correlate with lower agreement on...

  16. The effects of a humane education curriculum, involving The Great Ape Project, on the attitudes of fourth grade students

    | Contributor(s):: Justine Tweyman-Erez

    An experiment wlh a group of thirty-four fourth grade students in a private school was evaluated. A Hurnane Education unl of study, focusing on human and animal rights, was devised and facilitated by the teacherresearcher during class as part of the Social and Environmental Studies curriculum....

  17. The Biobuddies Project: Enhancing Agricultural Awareness in Canadian Elementary Schools

    | Contributor(s):: Alison Brock

    This thesis explores the current agricultural perceptions in the grade two students of Guelph Ontario. This research explored current stigma as well as the misconceptions that are often associated with farming in today’s urban populations.  Primary data was collected from students...

  18. The Effects of Pet Therapy on Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceived Stress and Exam Performance

    | Contributor(s):: Kathleen Bajorek

    Pet therapy has been found to decrease anxiety and stress levels. Pets are becoming an increasingly more significant part of peoples’ lives and families in the American culture. Nurses need to be aware of the benefits that can come from holistic interventions such as pet therapy in various...

  19. Interactions with Horses is Associated with Higher Mindfulness and Heart Rate Variability and Lower Electrodermal Response in College Students

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Mary Wach

    A wealth of research has revealed psychological and physiological benefits of interactions with animals. As yet, research is limited to smaller animals such as dogs and cats and has not examined the benefits of human-horse interactions. The present study examined the effects of video-simulated...

  20. Study of the Effect of Dogs on College Students' Mood and Anxiety

    | Contributor(s):: Mariah J. Picard

    The purpose of the present study was to determine whether first-year college students’ interaction with a dog would have a positive effect on their mood and anxiety. A sample of 35 first-year college students, aged 18-19 years, was partially randomly assigned to a condition for five minutes...