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  1. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on mental health of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Alison Thies

    This project explores the potential of using animals (particularly dogs) in animal-assisted therapy( AAT) with veterans who suffer from PTSD and reports on research that shows improvement in symptoms such as regulation of emotions, perceived quality of life, social functioning, sleep patterns,...

  2. The Experience of Social Workers Who Utilize Therapy Dogs in Practice

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Kathryn Jochems

    Animal assisted therapy, which incorporates animals into structured therapeutic interventions, and its use within social work has been shown to increase social interactions, communication, and the overall health and safety of clients (Nimer & Lundahl, 2007). However, there is a gap in the...

  3. Fake Service Dogs: Leading by Example

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Joshua Ferguson

    This qualitative research examines public awareness pertaining to the protocols surrounding service dogs and their handlers, known collectively as the service team. The use of service dogs has been on the increase as more people discover the benefits provided by service dogs. The increase in...

  4. Animal-Assisted Therapy and Oncology Hospice Patients

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Lauren Anderson

    Background: If there are more ways to induce comfort during hospice care, all options should be explored, which is why animal-assisted therapy (AAT) could be a viable, non-pharmacological option for oncology hospice patients. Objectives: The aim of this research is to show that the use of AAT...

  5. Canine-Assisted Therapy (CAT): A nurse-initiated program to reduce patients' perception of pain and anxiety at a critical access hospital

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Victoria McCue, Molly Vlach, Sherry Stathers, Clair Hefner, Theresa Worden, Julie Erickson

    Background/Purpose: The use of animals to promote or improve human health and wellbeing has a long history. However, it is yet to be recognized and accepted as either a complementary therapy or integrated into mainstream healthcare. Even though studies have reported the benefits of...

  6. Stress Reduction After Visiting Cats in a Cat Café

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Nicole L. Beasley

    Research has attempted to induce stress and has been unsuccessful at demonstrating the efficacy of stress reduction. This may indicate that animal interaction is more beneficial when reducing longer-term stress rather than short-term stress, like what has been studied in the past. Additionally,...

  7. Animal Assisted Therapy for Adult Domestic Violence Survivors

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Kaden Flynn

    The focus for my research project for my Women and Gender Studies, Capstone course has revolved around Domestic Violence and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). AAT has been around since the 18th century but the benefits of it, aren’t talked about enough; when looking at what it does for adult...

  8. Elephants of the Pink City, Jaipur, India: A Study of the Captive Elephant Welfare and Management Practice in Ex-Situ Environmental Conditions

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Ayan Sasmal

    Although the arid Rajasthan desert is far from native elephant habitat, captive elephants (Elephas maximus) are managed by some private owners in Jaipur. The semi-arid Jaipur experiences a very hot summer and an extreme cold winter. Along with this, improper management practice and tremendous...

  9. Effects of Therapy Dogs on Participants' Anxiety in Group Discussion

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Kailee Grace Renne

    This study investigates the effects of animal assisted therapy, AAT, on undergraduate students with social anxiety disorder, SAD. This was an experimental research design based on a pretest, posttest model. Eight participants (3 male and 5 female) volunteered to take part in this study. All...

  10. The Best Therapist Has Fur and Four Legs

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Jordyn Boesch, Sarah Boggs, Mark Campbell, Sarah Elam, Chelsea Hunley

  11. The effect of the presence and familiarity of a dog on people's performance of a stressful task

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Lyn Brown

    The purpose of the current study was to test whether the familiarity of a dog affects a person’s stress and task performance on a stressful task. Pets can improve people’s health mentally, physically, and socially. Dogs can lower people’s stress. This stress-reduction effect...

  12. PAWS-abilities

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Taylor Davis, Madelyn Day, Kendall DuLaney, Jordanne Howard, Cierra Monroe, Jordan Tapp

    PAWS-abilities is our non-profit business idea. Our goal for PAWS-abilities is to provide a safe environment for local stray dogs and rehabilitate them to become service or therapy dogs in the future. The trainers will be local inmates who have passed a strict screening process to ensure the...

  13. Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy Among Children with Mental Health Disorders

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Alysa Amelio

    Background: Mental health illness is on the rise amongst children in the United States. Research is still underway about alternative forms of therapy to provide to this vulnerable population. One of the alternative therapies utilized is Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Objectives: The...

  14. The Bridge River Dogs: Interpreting aDNA and Stable Isotope Analysis Collected From Dog Remains

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Emilia Tifental

    Excavations at the Bridge River site have been on-going since 2003, increasing our understanding of the communities that inhabited the Middle Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, over 1,000 years ago. The most recent excavation at Housepit 54 in the summer of 2014 supplied further data regarding...

  15. Animal-Assisted Therapy for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Investigation on the Positive Effects of Attachment and Affiliation Behaviors

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Sara Miele

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in people who have experienced a traumatic event (nimh.nih.gov, 2016). Because PTSD is a chronic disorder, it is associated with impaired quality of life (Stern et al., 2013). A specific population at high risk for developing PTSD is military...

  16. Implementing Animal Therapy into Current Medicinal Practices

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Jenna Schiefelbein

    • The purpose of this study was to explore an unconventional intervention of medicine; specifically the integration of animals into current healthcare practices. • The review of literature evaluated the implementation of animal therapy in medicine, both in the past and...

  17. The Effects of Service Dogs in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Angie Slowik

    Background: Of the 2 million veterans that have been deployed to combat zones, 13-20% of them most likely have developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Only half of the returning combat veterans seek care, and only about 40% experience significant improvement of their symptoms of PTSD....

  18. Strategies to Decrease Depression from Social Isolation Among the Elderly Population

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Erin Gallagher, Megan Russ

    Strategies to Decrease Depression from Social Isolation Among the Elderly Population Erin Gallagher and Megan Russ Faculty Sponsor: Christina Lattner, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C, ANP-BC Background: The lack of social interaction among the elderly population has been directly linked with higher...

  19. Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Behavior in a Domestic Goat Herd

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Stephanie Peramas

    Animal welfare is one of the most important parts of animal management. Apart from other measures of good animal welfare, like being in good health, animal behavior can be indicative of the animal’s internal state and is often one of the first signs of improper welfare. Stereotypies, or...

  20. What Makes a Good Therapy Dog? Identifying Factors Associated with Calm Behavior in Therapy Dogs

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Kristen Cunningham, Zachary L. Darwish, Rosemary Strasser

    Dogs offer a variety of benefits to society, including the use of therapy dogs to provide therapeutic and physiological benefits, enhancing the lives of a wide range of recipients. Unlike service or emotional support animals, therapy dogs provide support to a multitude of individuals, often in...