Thematic Analysis: Exploring Practitioners' Perspectives of Delivering Animal Assisted Therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Kwun Fu Chan
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that uses animals in a therapeutic capacity and can be used as an adjunct with a range of practices such as different psychotherapeutic modalities. Despite its relatively long history, more robust research is needed to increase...
Evaluation Tools for Educational Programs at Zoos Victoria
Theses | Contributor(s): Nicole Marie Packard, Michael Robert Clark, Erin Marie McConnaghy, Brian Grant Peterson
Zoos Victoria recently introduced a new educational program, Education for Conservation (EfC), to teach visiting students about conservation practices. Our goal was to create a set of efficient tools to assess the effectiveness of EfC from the perspectives of Zoo educators, schoolteachers, and...
Integrating Emotional Affect into Bear Viewing Management and Bear Safety Education
Theses | Contributor(s): John Nettles
The popularity of viewing wildlife, specifically brown bears (Ursus arctos), is increasing rapidly throughout North America, from Yellowstone National Park (NP) to Denali National Park. In addition, population distributions of both humans and brown bears are expanding, creating larger areas of...
Sustainable Whale-watching for the Philippines: A Bioeconomic Model of the Spinner Dolphin (Stenella Longirostris)
Theses | Contributor(s): Allison Jenny Santos
Whale-watching provides economic opportunities worldwide and particularly proliferates in developing countries, such as the Philippines. The sustainability of whale-watching is increasingly debated as these activities also negatively impact cetaceans through changes in behavior, communication,...
The Effect of Boat Type on Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops trucatus) Behavior in the Mississippi Sound
Theses | Contributor(s): Maria Zapetis
Increases in oceanic shipping are a global phenomenon, and a leading cause of concern for marine animal welfare. While it may be difficult to assess the effect of boat traffic on all species in all contexts, it is vital to report anthropogenic impacts where longitudinal data is available, and...
Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders
Theses | Contributor(s): Lauren Smith
Veterans and their service dogs share a special relationship that is not only a friendship but a working relationship as well. They each give each other something that they cannot get on their own. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the relationship between veterans and their service...
Equine Assisted Programs for Military Service Members: A Program Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis
Theses | Contributor(s): Taylor Hooker
Developing research, anecdotal evidence and a growing focus on non-pharmacological interventions for veterans with post-traumatic stress support the use equine-therapy as a therapeutic outlet; however, programmatic factors that contribute to veteran’s desire to attend such programs are...
The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Older Adults with Dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Alison Waid Higgins
Living with Giants: Human-Elephant Conflict and Poaching in Myanmar
Theses | Contributor(s): Christie Lynn Sampson
To address both the impacts of poaching on the wildlife and human populations and create effective conservation policy, conservation efforts must engage communities and include their views as stakeholders in the development of the policy. The involvement of local people has been shown to...
The Perceptions of Michigan Hunters Regarding Wolves (Canis Lupus) and the ldea of a Wolf-Hunt as a Management Option
Theses | Contributor(s): Zachary A. Merrill
Gray wolves (Canis lupus) are an important keystone species in mixed forest ecosystems throughout the Great Lakes region. Due to wolves being placed on the Endangered Species List in 1974, the wolf population of Michigan has increased from near extinction in 1974 to greater than 650 in 2013....
Therapeutic Riding and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Program Evaluation
Theses | Contributor(s): Brenna Goodwin
Therapeutic riding is a commonly used therapeutic approach for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research supports therapeutic riding for children with ASD; however, the effect of specific sub-types of therapeutic riding (e.g., therapeutic riding drill team) has been under...
Extraction of Antioxidants from Animal Blood and its Potential Application as a Pet Food Preservative
Theses | Contributor(s): Chengyi Tu
Nowadays, more and more people are having pets as members of their family. To the year of 2012, there are 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats owned in the U.S according to the report of the Humane Society of the U.S. The pet food industry as a result has been prosperous, with an estimated...
Laurel Wilt Disease: Early Detection through Canine Olfaction and "Omics" Insights into Disease Progression
Theses | Contributor(s): Julian L. Mendel
Laurel wilt disease is a vascular wilt affecting the xylem and water conductivity in trees belonging to the family Lauraceae. The disease was introduced by an invasive species of ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus. The beetle, together with its newly described fungal...
Investigating the Cultural Context for Big Cat Conservation Around the World
Theses | Contributor(s): Kathleen Elizabeth Krafte
Populations of predators are in decline worldwide as human growth and development destroys and alters their habitats. At the same time, large predators are a tourist attraction in many regions of the world, bringing essential income to governments and local communities. The complex interactions...
The Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Reducing Student Anxiety in School Settings
Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Stables
Anxiety has a detrimental effect on child development in numerous capacities including academics, peer relationships, and long-term effects if left untreated (Nail et al., 2015; Siegel, LaGreca & Harrison, 2009; Van Ameringen, Mancini & Farvolden, 2001). The use of animalassisted...
The Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on the Attachment Security of Abused Women
Theses | Contributor(s): Ilana B. Silver
The present study was designed to explore the impact of equine-assisted activities on attachment security among women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Attachment security was assessed at three different time points using the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale (ECR)...
It's Not Just A Dog: The Role of Companion Animals in the Family's Emotional System
Theses | Contributor(s): Cassandra Leow
Past studies have looked into the role of companion animals in families. This study intended to explore the role of companion animals in the family’s emotional system through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Data from a study on companion animal loss and grief were used. A...
The Influence of Flagship Species on In situ and Ex situ Wildlife Tourists' Connection to Wildlife and Pro-Conservation Behaviors
Theses | Contributor(s): Jeffrey Skibins
Annually, millions of tourists visit natural areas and zoos primarily to view flagship species such as lions and elephants. Venues rely on the inherent charisma of these species to increase visitation and anchor conservation efforts. Expected visitor outcomes from the use of flagships include...
An Analysis of Innovate Training with Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
Theses | Contributor(s): Raymond John Van Steyn
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland conducted a training program in 2014 to develop a gestural command for their dolphins called “innovate”. This training paradigm was developed to resemble the seminal research by Pryor, Haag and O’Reilly (1969), as well as more...
Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance
Theses | Contributor(s): Elaine Maralee Henry
Anxiety and stress invoked by the second language classroom setting has the ability to cause numerous detrimental physiological changes which impair the learning process. A more natural, “immersion” type atmosphere is often desired when teaching a second language; however, this is...