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  1. Umfrage : Einsatz von Tieren auf Palliativstationen und in stationären Hospizen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz und : Prospektive klinische Studie zur Überprüfung der Wirksamkeit Tiergestützter Therapie (TGT) zur Verbesserung der Befindlic

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    | Contributor(s):: Cora Tews

  2. Local knowledge held by farmers in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) about the use of plants to maintain and improve animal health and welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Vogl, C. R., Vogl-Lukasser, B., Walkenhorst, M.

    Background: The sustainable management of animal health and welfare is of increasing importance to consumers and a key topic in the organic farming movement. Few systematic studies have been undertaken investigating farmers' local knowledge related to this issue. Ethnoveterinary medicine (EVM) is...

  3. Influences on the avoidance and approach behaviour of dairy goats towards an unfamiliar human - an on-farm study

    | Contributor(s):: Mersmann, D., Schmied-Wagner, C., Nordmann, E., Graml, C., Waiblinger, S.

    The human-animal relationship (HAR) is an important factor for successful animal husbandry and animal welfare. Thus, the HAR is included in on-farm assessments to evaluate overall welfare. For dairy goats, validated tests to assess the HAR are lacking. The aim of the present study was to evaluate...

  4. A Perspective on Zoos: Andreas Kaufmann at TEDxVilnius

    | Contributor(s):: Andreas Kaufmann

    Andreas has loved animals and nature since his early childhood, which he spent near the lowland forests, surrounded by farm animals and pets.But the zoos… he did not like them. So what turned him into taking a job… at a zoo?Andreas has been actively involved with wild animals,...

  5. Effects of gentle interactions on the relationship with humans and on stress-related parameters in group-housed calves

    | Contributor(s):: Lurzel, S., Windschnurer, I., Futschik, A., Palme, R., Waiblinger, S.

    Although the relationship between farm animals and humans has strong implications for animal welfare and productivity, there have been few experimental studies on the influence of gentle interactions in group-housed calves. In the present study, Austrian Simmental calves were housed in groups of...

  6. Haustierreste in Gräbern des 9. Jahrhunderts aus Niederösterreich

    | Contributor(s):: Bauer, Kurt

  7. Elderly people in many respects benefit from interaction with dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Scheibeck, R., Pallauf, M., Stellwag, C., Seeberger, S.

  8. Alternative housing systems for fattening bulls under Austrian conditions with special respect to rubberised slatted floors

    | Contributor(s):: Rouha-Muelleder, C., Absmanner, E., Kahrer, E., Zeiner, H., Scharl, T., Leisch, F., Stanek, C., Troxler, J.

  9. Assessing the welfare of dairy calves: outcome-based measures of calf health versus input-based measures of the use of risky management practices

    | Contributor(s):: Vasseur, E., Pellerin, D., Passille, A. M. de, Winckler, C., Lensink, B. J., Knierim, U., Rushen, J.

  10. Birds of a feather flock together? Perceived personality matching in owner-dog dyads

    | Contributor(s):: Turcsan, B., Range, F., Viranyi, Z., Miklosi, A., Kubinyi, E.

  11. Identifying reasons for stun failures in slaughterhouses for cattle and pigs: a field study

    | Contributor(s):: Wenzlawowicz, M. von, Holleben, K. von, Eser, E.

  12. Cat or dog ownership and seroprevalence of ehrlichiosis, Q fever, and cat-scratch disease

    | Contributor(s):: Skerget, M., Wenisch, C., Daxboeck, F., Krause, R., Haberl, R., Stuenzner, D.

  13. Domestic pets as risk factors for alveolar hydatid disease in Austria

    | Contributor(s):: Kreidl, P., Allerberger, F., Judmaier, G., Auer, H., Aspock, H., Hall, A. J.

  14. The evolution of imitation: what do the capacities of non-human animals tell us about the mechanisms of imitation? (Special Issue: Evolution, development and intentional control of imitation.)

    | Contributor(s):: Huber, L., Range, F., Voelkl, B., Szucsich, A., Viranyi, Z., Miklosi, A.

    In this paper, we review reports and present new empirical data from studies with marmosets and dogs that address the correspondence problem of imitation research. We focus on the question of how it is possible to transform visual information into matching motor acts. Here, the important issue is...

  15. Learning emotion recognition from canines? Two for the road

    | Contributor(s):: Stetina, B. U., Turner, K., Burger, E., Glenk, L. M., McElheney, J. C., Handlos, U., Kothgassner, O. D.

    The ability to recognize emotions is a prerequisite for interpersonal interaction and essential for emotional competencies. The present study aimed at exploring the possibility of enhancing the emotion recognition capability of human beings by using an animal-assisted intervention focusing on...

  16. Social licking in dairy cattle - effects on heart rate in performers and receivers

    | Contributor(s):: Laister, S., Stockinger, B., Regner, A. M., Zenger, K., Knierim, U., Winckler, C.

    Using heart rate (HR) measurements we investigated whether potential calming effects of social licking were evident for both active (performers) and passive (receivers) licking partners. A HR decline was assumed to indicate relaxation and thus the experience of positive emotions. Effects of the...

  17. Effects of different housing systems on the behaviour of beef bulls - an on-farm assessment on Austrian farms

    | Contributor(s):: Absmanner, E., Rouha-Mulleder, C., Scharl, T., Leisch, F., Troxler, J.

    Previous studies noted significant health and behavioural problems in cattle accommodated on fully slatted floors. As the majority of beef bulls in Austria are still housed on fully slatted floors the development of alternative housing systems becomes vitally important. On the basis of...

  18. Animal welfare in Austria: basic concepts of animal ethics, legal framework and animal welfare-related research

    | Contributor(s):: Binder, R., Palme, R., Sommerfeld-Stur, I., Baumgartner, J., Niebuhr, K., Zaludik, K., Bartussek, H., Waiblinger, S., Reifinger, M., Kubber-Heiss, A., Rabitsch, A., Gneist, M., Troxler, J.

    The first part of the following article summarizes basic concepts of animal ethics and provides a short survey of the framework of the Austrian animal protection legislation. Emphasis is given to the historical development and to the status quo as well as to the forthcoming reform which aims to...

  19. Assessment of animal welfare in 80 dairy cow herds in cubicle housing # animal health and other animal-related parameters

    | Contributor(s):: Rouha-Mulleder, C., Palme, R., Waiblinger, S.

    Introduction: With growing concerns about farm animal welfare (e.g. by consumers; WILDNER, 1998), knowledge about the actual situation with regard to animal welfare on farms is important. Valid assessment of animal welfare requires the use of animal-based parameters, while environmental...

  20. Cortisol concentrations in saliva of humans and their dogs during intensive training courses in animal-assisted therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Haubenhofer, D., Mostl, E., Kirchengast, S.

    This study was conducted to investigate the levels of disturbances that affected dog owners and their dogs while attending a 5 day training course of the Animals as Therapy in Vienna, Austria to become therapeutic teams in animal-assisted therapy. Cortisol samples were taken from 32 humans and...