Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound, & Stay Fit for Seniors
Contributor(s): Rebecca Ann Johnson, Charlotte McKenney, Sandra McCune
Background: Obesity rates in older adults are linked with the national problem of limited physical activity (PA), resulting in chronic illness. Obesity-related illness and functional loss require innovative interventions. Older adult dog walkers maintained physical functioning over a 3 year...
Are Companion Animals the Secret to Good Health?
Contributor(s): Bradley Smith, Petra Bywood
People keep pets for companionship, recreation and protection rather than for the specific purpose of enhancing health. However, a considerable body of literature supports the idea that companion animals can improve overall quality of life, including physical, social and psychological health, yet...
Global Vets: Student Vets Sharing a Global Vision
Contributor(s): K. Tubby, N. Asotra, K. Lillakas, C. Toscano, A. Peregrine
Global Vets is a program run through the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) which offers student veterinarians a unique opportunity to investigate animal health care in developing countries. The program strives to enhance working relationships and the exchange of ideas between Canadian...
Animal assisted adapted physical activity for children with Cerebral Palsy
Contributor(s): Nicole Johnson, Amanda Tepfer, Wendy Baltzer, Megan MacDonald
Cerebral Palsy is a muscle movement disorder caused by an insult to the immature developing brain before birth. Children with Cerebral Palsy generally have impaired movement, exaggerated joints, floppiness or rigidity of limbs and torso, abnormal posture, involuntary movement, and unsteady...
Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses: Partnerships & Collaborations
Contributor(s): J. Sargeant, A. Whiteman, M. Pham
The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) mandate is to provide focus and leadership for research, education, and knowledge dissemination in public health at the human-animal-environment interface. This poster focuses on the collaborations of OVC members with external...
Genetic Canine Agression
Contributor(s): Isabella O\'Toole
Canine aggression can pose a serious concern for public and animal welfare. Most of what we know about aggression comes from bite statistics, expert opinions and breed-specific aggressiveness. These sources can often be misleading due to biases toward large or powerful breeds. In this review, I...
The Role of Speech Experience on Cue Trading in Parakeets
Contributor(s): Daniel L.E. Carter, Alyssa D. Tronolone, Kanwal Asif, Ann Cheruvil
Speech perception is a crucial element in the process of human vocal communication, but there are many unanswered questions about the role speech experience plays in this process. This research investigates if experience with human speech sounds will influence speech perception in budgerigars....
Inventory of Small and Large Mammal Diversity in a Fragmented Landscape: A Baseline for Investigating Ecological Impacts of Human Disturbance
Posters | Contributor(s): Joseph Wantuch
Systematic study of biological diversity is a prerequisite for understanding the ecological effects of climate instability and human disturbance. Our study is part of the Rugar Woods All Taxa Biological Inventory (ATBI) project, which seeks to document the biodiversity of Rugar Woods....
Animal-Assisted Therapy in Long-Term Care: A Review of the Literature
Posters | Contributor(s): Jennifer Goodnow, Shannon Tarbox, Erin Zamore, Victoria Zimmerman
Patients residing in long-term care facilities face many changes and challenges. Many seniors have grown up with pets as part of their daily lives, and animals have provided them with companionship as they age. The purpose of this literature review is to assess the state of the science related to...
Could the inclusion of dogs and horses in a psychodynamic psychotherapy provide for a more optimal treatment for patients with personality disorders?
Posters | Contributor(s): Geza Kovacs
Effects of Human Recreational Activity on The Tameness of Common Loons (Gavia immer) in Northern Wisconsin
Posters | Contributor(s): Seth Yund
The Common Loon (Gavia immer) is an aquatic diving bird that lives in freshwater habitats in Canada and the northern U.S.. Human activity on a loon’s resident lake may affect its fitness and behavior, yet few studies identify or quantify these effects. We modified existing techniques that...
Great Apes: A Study of Human and Non-Human Primate Interactions in a Zoological Environment
Posters | Contributor(s): Haley V. Sheehy
Stray Dogs Cause Health Risks in Thailand
Posters | Contributor(s): Kadie Brigham
Mapping distributions of ticks and tick-borne diseases in Africa: Effects of climate change and the implications for human and animal health
Posters | Contributor(s): J. Rothen, R. Bishop, S. Mwaura, C. Daubenberger, V. Pfluger, C. Olds
This resource provides a poster discussing ticks and tick born diseases in Africa and the effect they have on human and animal health. The document also presents possible solutions to the problem and details progress being made in the field.
Healthy Paws Doggie Day Camp
Posters | Contributor(s): Alexandra Salazar
“Healthy Paws Doggie Day Camp” is an event that will help owners and dogs incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. General knowledge of exercise concerning dogs is considerably lacking, obviously observed as they become more obese over time (Fennell, 2005). Between 40-50 percent of...
The Effect of Pets and Nature on Environmental Identity and Connection to Animals
Posters | Contributor(s): Victoria Whitaker, Kellye Kohn, Alice Fontana, Linda Kunce
This study examined environmental identity and connection to animals in college students. Previous research has suggested that exposure to animals and nature can increase caring for both animals and nature itself. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four video conditions and analyzed...
A Participant Observation Study of the Campus Canines Program at the University of Pittsburgh
Posters | Contributor(s): Nicole Camaioni
The Campus Canines Program (CCP) provides the University of Pittsburgh’s community with the opportunity to interact with registered Canine Good Citizen dogs. My objective was to observe and describe the interaction between the dogs and the human participants/volunteers in the CCP at the...
A community-based social networking intervention to increase walking in dog owners
Posters | Contributor(s): Deirdra Murphy, Cynthia Ferrara, Jessica Oleski, Emily Panza, Laura Bowen, Brianne Bozella, Kimberly Gada, Clara Savage, Stephanie C. Lemon, Kristin L. Schneider
Roughly 40% of U.S. households own a dog and while dog ownership is associated with greater engagement in physical activity, up to 60% of dog owners do not achieve the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. The present study aims to develop and test a dog walking intervention...
Pet-friendly hotel add-on fees as elements of revenue management
Posters | Contributor(s): Sylvere Hilaire Coussement, Martha Coussement
This study is for the purose of measuring the impact of add-on fees for pet-friendly accommodations in the revenue management context. This data will be developed using STR Trend report of coded pet-friendly and non-pet-friendl properties and analyzed as a function of occupancy, revenue per...
Comparative Analysis of Ancient Ritual Sacrifice
Posters | Contributor(s): Alexandra Price