Ethnoprimatology of Urban Cebus Yuracus: An evaluation of Human-non-human interactions and local perceptions in Misahualli, Ecuador
Theses | Contributor(s): Sofia Castro-Loza
Little is known about the group of white-fronted capuchins (Cebus yuracus) coexisting alongside humans in the town of Misahuallí, Tena, Ecuador. This ethnoprimatological study focuses on the human-nonhuman interactions and the perceptions of the local people about the capuchin group....
Health, Wellness, and Ecological Impacts of Horse Therapy for Special Needs Children
Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Sulkowski
The benefits of horse therapy for special needs children have been documented for centuries, but direct experience and perspective from special needs children and their families involved in horse therapy are missing from the literature. The purpose of this study was to enhance understanding on...
Stabilitet i atferd og emosjoner hos hund fra 3 måneder og frem til 15 måneders alder
Theses | Contributor(s): Charlotte S. Mikkelsen, Anne Marit Rød, Katrine H. Støkken
Del 1: Hunden blir ofte sett på som menneskets beste venn. For å få en bedre forståelse av hundens atferd, har vi sett nærmere på: hundens domestisering, hva atferd er, samt atferdsutvikling og atferdsproblemer. Domestiseringen er en viktig del av hundens...
Ponies Proliferate Positive Affect: The Effectiveness of Equine Therapy on Positive Affect in Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances
Theses | Contributor(s): Hannah Roberts, Nikki Honzel
Adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (SED) are a particularly difficult population to treat due to high comorbidity rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and behavioral conduct disorders. The current study compared the effectiveness of equine-facilitated psychotherapy...
The Human-Animal Bond and Attachment in Animal-Assisted Interventions in Counseling
Theses | Contributor(s): Ariann E. Robino
Mental health practitioners who incorporate animal-assisted interventions into clinical practice harness the human-animal bond for therapeutic benefit. According to the Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling Competencies, practitioners have a duty to understand the complex relational processes...
Serum Cortisol Concentrations and Behavior Assessment as Tools for Evaluating Stress in Horses Used in Therapeutic or University Riding Programs
Theses | Contributor(s): Shikun Chen
Stress is known to have a negative impact on the health and well-being of animals. Physiological and behavioral changes offer objective and easy to use methods of evaluating stress in horses. However, there are limited studies showing a relationship between changes in stress-related behavior...
Pets: Their Effects On The Elderly
Theses | Contributor(s): Marjorie Flynn
Pets have always had a capacity for putting human beings in touch with life. Watching a puppy or a kitten at play stirs a joy somewhere deep within us bringing with it a smile or a chuckle. Pets remind us of spring, of youth, of all there is to see on this earth that is new and alive. Pets keep...
Equine assisted learning with special populations
Theses | Contributor(s): Hanna Baus
This paper explores the use of equine-assisted learning (EAL) activities with special populations and includes a program evaluation for two equine-assisted learning programs developed and conducted by HeartStrides, a non-profit organization in the Pacific Northwest. The study included two...
Prevalence of bacterial zoonoses in selected trophy hunted species, and the potential of human health risk in Bwabwata National park, Namibia
Theses | Contributor(s): Matheus-Auwa Ameya
Zoonotic diseases are infections acquired from vertebrate animals (wild or domesticated) animals to humans through direct or indirect contact with live animals, their derivatives or contaminated surroundings. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of potential bacterial zoonoses...
Equine Facilitated Mental Health Services and Social Adjustment in Adolescents on Probation
Theses | Contributor(s): Anna Idzerda
Little quantitative research has been done to verify claims that the use of horses in Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Education Services has an impact on the clients’ emotional and mental wellbeing. This study was created to determine if participation in six months of weekly...
The Architecture of Keeping Animals: Preservation Responses to Changing Animal Welfare Ideals in Mid-sized American Zoos
Theses | Contributor(s): Victoria McCollum
Beginning in the mid-20th century, most of America’s Zoos began to re-evaluate the spaces which housed their living creatures. As advances in science and technology brought forward new information on animal welfare and care, zoos were soon faced with choices on the treatment of their...
Alternative Therapies for People with Special Needs: An Emphasis on Animal-Assisted Therapies
Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Hamilton
This paper contains research examining the effectiveness of alternative therapies - play therapy, art therapy, music therapy, horticulture therapy, and animal-assisted therapies – in helping various special needs populations. The focus of this research was on animal-assisted therapies...
Dogs and blood pressure in non-dog owners
Theses | Contributor(s): Natasha Adamson
Several studies have shown that the presence of a dog can reduce blood pressure during a stressful situation. A study done in 2001 demonstrated that for blood pressure to be reduced during a stressor the subjects must be dog owners. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if four, one...
Equine Therapy From A Dance/Movement Therapy Perspective
Theses | Contributor(s): Cecilia Clasen
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is a form of therapy that utilizes a team approach of a psychotherapist, an equine specialist and a horse or horses, all working together to aid individuals in experiencing personal emotional healing and growth. It can be particularly effective when there...
An examination of pet ownership among elderly caregivers and how it contributes to their well-being
Theses | Contributor(s): Cynthia Ann Fiello
As the older population increases, there is a need for increased support for caregivers most of them older themselves. Owning a pet may providesome of this support. This study looked at caregivers age 55 and older of brain-impaired adults and examined whether or not the social support provided...
Conserving Vermont's Endangered Species through Designation of Critical Habitat
Theses | Contributor(s): Amanda M. Ramsing-Lund
Although the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is federal legislation, protection of threatened and endangered (T & E) species varies in stringency across states. H.570 (Act 145) is a Vermont law passed during the 2015-2016 legislative session that updated some of the legal protections for T...
Veterinary technician assistant curriculum guideline
Theses | Contributor(s): Mickey Ellen Rash
The purpose of this thesis was to develop a core curriculum to be presented to the state for consideration as the established curriculum guideline for veterinary technician assistants/veterinary assistant programs.
Negotiating Multi-Species Families: Are Fluffy and Fido Family?
Theses | Contributor(s): Workman, Miranda K.
Let ‘er Buck: Gender and Animal History in Twentieth-Century American Rodeo
Theses | Contributor(s): Whitehead, Frank
Marine Mammals Before Extirpation: Using Archaeology to Understand Native American Use of Sea Otters and Whales in Oregon Prior to European Contact
Theses | Contributor(s): Wellman, Hannah P.