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  1. Effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth in Ontario

    Contributor(s): Michelle Lem

    This thesis is comprised of three studies examining the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth in Ontario. As a relatively new area of study, issues surrounding pet ownership among homeless youth were first explored qualitatively. The first two studies utilized a series of one-on-one...

  2. Clients' service expectations and practitioners' treatment recommendations in veterinary oncology

    Contributor(s): Debbie Lynn Stoewen

    Service provision in veterinary oncology in Ontario was examined using a mixed methods approach. First, an interview-based qualitative study explored the service expectations of oncology clients at a tertiary referral centre. Next, a survey-based quantitative study established an understanding of...

  3. Man's best friend is trending toward women

    Contributor(s): Courtney M. Miller

    Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has experienced a tremendous shift in both the gender of veterinarians entering the field and the particular field of interest for those veterinarians. Veterinary colleges across the nation are graduating classes that are greater than 75% female....

  4. Estimating the early postmortem interval in domestic canines

    Contributor(s): Keith William Proctor

    The estimation of time of death (TOD) can be used to aid law enforcement officers in solving criminal cases involving a death. By determining the period from the TOD until the time the body is discovered, forensic investigators can potentially link or rule out a suspect. A great amount of...

  5. Exploring the link between interpersonal violence to animals among juvenile sexual offenders

    Contributor(s): Stephanie Ann Harness

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the types of behaviors juvenile sexual offenders participate in and inflict on animals, and compare them to the behaviors of youths involved in other types of crimes, and youths not involved in any criminal activity. A total of 654 juvenile males...

  6. Farm animal welfare and WTO law: Assessing the legality of policy measures

    Contributor(s): Ike Sharpless

    Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: This paper identifies the trade policy measures available to countries to protect domestically high farm animal welfare standards and assesses their...

  7. Equine assisted psychotherapy for combat veterans with PTSD

    Contributor(s): Nancy Masters

    Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem for numerous post war combat veterans who have experienced violent and traumatic conflict scenarios. The importance of determining and making available effective treatment regimes for this disorder has become increasingly more acute due...

  8. Examining the relationship between pet ownership and human health

    Contributor(s): Misty Green

    Previous research has established that pet ownership is related to psychological (Parslow et. al, 2005) and physical health (Siegel, 1990) in adulthood. However, no research to date has examined the relationship between pet ownership in childhood and psychological and physical health later in...

  9. Animal assisted therapy for autistic children a descriptive narrative

    Theses | Contributor(s): Carmille A. McElwain

    Autism is a disorder of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder family. It affects all aspects of a child's development, including personal and social relationships, cognitive growth, and sometimes physical maturity as well. Currently, there is no cure for Autism, but a wide variety of therapies are...

  10. Encounters with "death work" in veterinary medicine : an ethnographic exploration of the medical practice of euthanasia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Patricia Morris

    This dissertation details the work of veterinarians in the context of euthanasia situations. Data consists of interviews with over 40 veterinarians and fieldnotes from 18 months of observation in veterinary hospitals. Participants include skilled, experienced veterinary specialists as well as...

  11. A confirmatory factor analysis of the Lexington attachment to pets scale

    Theses | Contributor(s): Tracy Leigh Zaparanick

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the word “pet” provided valid results in the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) (Johnson, Garrity, & Stallones, 1992). A multiple-groups confirmatory factor analysis, using maximum likelihood (ML) estimation, was conducted to...

  12. Pet ownership to weight status: a path analysis

    Theses | Contributor(s): Elizabeth Kingsley Casey

    Research suggests that a multidimensional approach to obesity that addresses physiological, psychological, social, and environmental factors is optimal. Stress and self-esteem, as well as eating and exercise behaviors have been named as important factors in obesity. Curiously, although pets have...

  13. Risk indicators for grief symptoms after the death of a pet: Does quality of attachment make a difference?

    Theses | Contributor(s): Christine Marie Henry

    Animal-human companionship has been an undervalued relationship in the field of psychology. People can form strong attachments to pets, and as a result, the death of a pet can be a devastating experience. The limited literature that exists on pet loss in the field of psychology leaves many...

  14. Relationships between pet ownership, physical activity, and human health in elderly persons

    Theses | Contributor(s): Roland James Thorpe

    While previous studies have suggested that pet ownership is associated with improved health among older adults, the basis for the association is unclear. Increased physical activity has been suggested as a possible explanation, but only one study has evaluated this mechanism. ^ Data from...

  15. Pet-facilitated occupational therapy: efficacy in a psychiatric setting

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ciara Cox

  16. The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions of children with developmental disabilities

    Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Walters

    The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions between children with developmental disabilities and their teacher were analyzed in this study. We examined whether the presentation of a dog would improve the social interactions of three children with developmental disabilities. A...

  17. Perceptions of guide dog users on their dogs' impact on their lives

    Theses | Contributor(s): Mei Ling Wong

    Since 1929, dogs have been trained in the United States to guide the blind and visually impaired. While there are numerous testimonials and personal accounts on how dog guides change the individual lives of their blind handlers, there is a paucity of research on this topic. The intent of this...

  18. Developing an online horseless horse learning lesson: An action research study

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jessica M. Bauman

    In today’s society it is becoming ever so important to find creative and influential outlets to keep young people occupied in positive ways. High quality youth programs are shown to make a positive difference in the lives of many young people; therefore, it is important to continue the use of...

  19. Determining the morality of active euthanasia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Harry D. Myers

  20. Management of agitation in individuals with Dementia: An animal-assisted therapy approach

    Theses | Contributor(s): Karen L. Tanner

    Dementia is not a natural and normal part of aging, but rather a symptom of a disease process. Most individuals with dementia experience emotional distress or behavioral problems best summed up by the term agitation. Approximately 90% of individuals with dementing illnesses demonstrate problem...