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

    | 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Equine education programs and related studies as found in colleges and universities in the United States

    | Contributor(s):: Carol Louise Wright Parmenter

    This study was undertaken to determine the nature and scope of equine education programs being offered in the colleges and universities throughout the country and the attitudes of specialists toward these programs. The schools participating in this study were selected after an extensive review of...

  7. Motivation to use animal assisted therapy among psychotherapy and counselling graduate students

    | Contributor(s):: Noga Lutzky-Cohen

    Though there is evidence of the benefits of incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in counselling, this therapy is obscure to many Canadian students. This online study explored Canadian counselling and clinical psychology graduate students' attitudes toward, and perceptions of, AAT....

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Impact of Emotional Support Animals on Student Stress

    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Kennedy

    Stress is a growing problem in higher education. There are a variety of physiological and psychological effects of stress that negatively impact a range of body systems. Fortunately, different interventions are gaining popularity, including animal-assisted therapies (AAT). A range of case studies...

  12. The Feasibility of Implementing Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy Curriculum in Higher Education

    | Contributor(s):: Colston, Calyn Marie

  13. Creating social connections in higher education: Insights from the Campus Canines Program at the University of Pittsburgh

    | Contributor(s):: Camaioni, Nicole

  14. Seeing Eye puppies in residence: A unique approach to community service

    | Contributor(s):: Brelsford, George W.

  15. Measuring the Stress Level of Students Preceding an Exam and Post Animal Interaction Through the Use of Salivary Cortisol

    | Contributor(s):: Victoria Duback

    Stress is a sensation that can be helpful in a dangerous situation but also very harmful in excess. The body naturally begins to fight off the stress response in order to try and diminish the negative effects that it causes in the body. There are many adverse effects to experiencing stress which...

  16. University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Clinic

    | Contributor(s):: Maci Oelschlager

    This semester, I was given the opportunity to be an undergraduate volunteer at the University of Illinois, School of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Medical Clinic. I learned a lot by volunteering at the Wildlife clinic as well as gained a lot of hands on experience. Volunteering...

  17. A Case Study of Veterinary Technology Students' Experience of a Continuing Human-Animal Bond

    | Contributor(s):: Robert E. Gierka

    The purpose of this case study was to explore veterinary technology (vet tech) students’ perceptions of their special relationships with pets that died; and to better understand how these perceptions influenced their work in the vet tech program and their beliefs about their...

  18. Title Caring for All Creatures Great and Small: A Qualitative Analysis of Senior Veterinary Students' Career Choices

    | Contributor(s):: L. Clare V. Allen

    Professional veterinary medical education in the United States is facing several major challenges at the beginning of the 21st Century. The role of the modern veterinarian has shifted significantly, since the origin of the profession, from supporting the use of horses and agricultural livestock,...

  19. Campus Tails: An On-Campus Therapy-Dog Pilot Program and Feasibility Study

    | Contributor(s):: Maureen D. Sanford

    College counseling centers are treating more cases of depression and anxiety than ever. Yet, despite endorsing symptoms, many students are disinclined to engage in counseling. Research shows that interacting with a therapy dog has positive psychological effects, including decreasing symptoms of...

  20. The influence of a companion animal's presence on aspects of the therapeutic alliance

    | Contributor(s):: Goldmann, Kara M.