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  1. Ponies Proliferate Positive Affect: The Effectiveness of Equine Therapy on Positive Affect in Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances

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    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...

  2. The Human-Animal Bond and Attachment in Animal-Assisted Interventions in Counseling

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    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...

  3. Serum Cortisol Concentrations and Behavior Assessment as Tools for Evaluating Stress in Horses Used in Therapeutic or University Riding Programs

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    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...

  4. Pets: Their Effects On The Elderly

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    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...

  5. Equine assisted learning with special populations

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    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...

  6. Prevalence of bacterial zoonoses in selected trophy hunted species, and the potential of human health risk in Bwabwata National park, Namibia

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    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...

  7. Equine Facilitated Mental Health Services and Social Adjustment in Adolescents on Probation

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    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...

  8. The Architecture of Keeping Animals: Preservation Responses to Changing Animal Welfare Ideals in Mid-sized American Zoos

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    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...

  9. Alternative Therapies for People with Special Needs: An Emphasis on Animal-Assisted Therapies

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    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...

  10. Dogs and blood pressure in non-dog owners

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    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...

  11. Equine Therapy From A Dance/Movement Therapy Perspective

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    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...

  12. An examination of pet ownership among elderly caregivers and how it contributes to their well-being

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    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...

  13. Conserving Vermont's Endangered Species through Designation of Critical Habitat

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    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...

  14. Veterinary technician assistant curriculum guideline

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    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.

  15. Negotiating Multi-Species Families: Are Fluffy and Fido Family?

    Theses | Contributor(s): Workman, Miranda K.

  16. Let ‘er Buck: Gender and Animal History in Twentieth-Century American Rodeo

    Theses | Contributor(s): Whitehead, Frank

  17. 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.

  18. Caring and Killing: Care Labor and Feminist Ethics in the Animal Research Laboratory

    Theses | Contributor(s): Warren, Caroline

  19. The (Im)Mediate Animal: Interspecies Entanglements in Early Enlightenment Transactions

    Theses | Contributor(s): Venters, Scott Anthony

  20. The Effects of Bonding with a Canine on Bereavement Following the Loss of a Family Member

    Theses | Contributor(s): Turab, Mahwish A.