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  1. Exploring Collaborations between Veterinarians & Rescues/Shelters

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jacquie Cobb

    A survey of private practice veterinarians in the Chicago area was conducted in an effort to pinpoint what constitutes a positive relationship between a veterinarian and a rescue group or shelter. The following research questions guided this project: From the perspective of veterinarians, what...

  2. Spatial and Behavioral Patterns of Captive Coyotes

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jeffrey T. Schultz

    Environmental enrichment is a technique used at many captive animal facilities that can improve the well-being of their animals. It seeks to enhance habitat features and promote natural behavior by providing a variety of practical ways for captive animals to control their environmental...

  3. Marketing Ideas that Could Improve Adoptions and Reduce Return Rates of Dogs in Shelters in the State of Michigan

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Marcy Wilhelm-South, Bryan Klemett

    Dogs have always been something that attracts people’s attention. It is hard to decide whether it is their fur, their cuteness, or their personality that makes them lovable. The area I chose to conduct my research is in marketing. Since dogs are man’s best friend, what other better...

  4. The Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction on College Campuses

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Robert Michael Perry

    The benefits of human-animal interactions has aroused the interests of many stakeholders in comparative psychology.  Research has shown that humans are the principal beneficiaries. The main benefits include improved health; increased learning; improved moods; and reduction of stress....

  5. Barriers to Sustainable Hunting-Based Conservation of Elephants in Zimbabwe

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jessica H. Cusworth

    The international demand for ivory has devastated African elephant populations. In 2015, more elephants were poached for ivory than were born. Many countries have sought to decrease poaching pressures through ivory trade bans. However, Zimbabwe, home to the second largest African elephant...

  6. The Effectiveness of Animal Assisted Activity and Animal Assisted Therapy in Reducing Symptoms of Depression

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Alexis J. Hauser

    This paper reviews the use of Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to effectively treat individuals experiencing symptoms of depression. This paper discusses the symptoms of depression, the process and techniques of AAA and AAT, and the effectiveness of AAA and AAT...

  7. Evaluation of several pre-clinical tools for identifying characteristics associated with limb bone fracture in thoroughbred racehorses

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Anthony Nicholas Corsten

    Catastrophic skeletal fractures in racehorses are devastating not only to the animals, owners and trainers, but also to the perception of the sport in the public eye. The majority of these fatal accidents are unlikely to be due to chance, but are rather an end result failure from stress...

  8. Vårdhundens påverkan på personen, aktiviteten och omgivningen inom ergoterapi : En kvalitativ studie

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Elin Andersson

    Opinnäytetyön tarkoitus oli tutkia ja kuvata minkälainen vaikutus terapiakoiralla on toimintaterapeuttien mielestä potilaan toimintaan, ympäristöön ja toimintakykyyn toi-mintaterapeutin käyttäessä koiraa välineenä terapiassa....

  9. Fetching Interactive Dog Occupier (FIDO)

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Hannah Katherine Brown, Rebecca Ruth Renner, Michael Ezra Goldman, Domenic James Mucci, Harry Atwood Lanphear, Gregory F. Shannon

    Dogs require exercise and play to stimulate them both mentally and physically, frequently through the game of “fetch”. However, physically disabled dog owners may lack the strength or endurance to play with their pets. We developed a prototype for an autonomous fetching...

  10. Veterinary Practices, Reactions and Laws: Analyzing the Difference in Rural and Urban Practices

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Daniel Jude

    A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the College of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Morehead State University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts by Daniel Jude on June, 23rd 2015

  11. The Perceived and Actual Impact of Outdoor Domestic Cats on Local Ecology in Massachusetts, and the Effects of Education on Cat Owner Behavior

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Olivia Shraibati, Christian Zelaya

    This project, Impact of Outdoor Cats and Educational Effects on Cat Owners, created a survey to assess the perceived ecological impact of domestic cats by residents of Massachusetts. It found that cat owners were overwhelmingly unaware of the full effects of their pet’s predation habits....

  12. The Struggle Itself Toward the Heights Is Enough to Fill a Man's Heart: Calling, Moral Duty, Meaningfulness and Existential Self of Zookeepers

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Luisa G. Allen

    Applying Existential Sociology (Douglas & Johnson 1977, Manning 1973, Lyman and Scott 1989, Kotarba and Fontana 1984) as a theoretical foundation, this thesis endeavors to formulate first-order experiential understanding of zookeepers. Utilized is a mixed method approach comprising the...

  13. Afyonkarahisar İli Süt Sığırcılığı İşletmelerinde Hayvan Refahının Barınak Ve Yetiştirme Şartları Yönünden Değerlendirilmesi

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ersen Şahanoglu

    Bu çalışma, sığırcılık işletmelerinde barınak ölçüleri, ekipman, sıcaklık, nem, gazlar ve bazı yetiştirme işlemlerinin hayvan refahı yönünden incelenmesi amacıyla yapılmıştır. Araştırma 2013 yılında Afyonkarahisar ilinde bulunan 101 adet sığırcılık işletmesinde...

  14. This Is Not About Cows: Historic and Contemporary Challenges to South-Central Madagascar's Cattle Systems

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Dan Myers

    Madagascar’s most cattle-dependent regions have, in recent years, been surrounded by narratives of a sudden and violent decline in both the sheer number of and benefits conferred by the nation’s distinctive zebu cattle, narratives which largely attribute this decline to theft and...

  15. Animal Assisted Therapy and Support Animals, What Mental Health Professionals Know and Understand

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Alexandro H. Velez

    Animal-assisted therapy can greatly benefit mental health professionals with clients in and out of the school settings in many ways. It is believed mental health professionals are successfully implementing Animal Assisted Therapy, even though some are not. Mental health professionals who are...

  16. Understanding stakeholders perception towards human-wildlife interaction and conflict in a tiger landscape-complex of India

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ronak T. Sripal

    Human-population of the earth exceeding 6 billion and growing at an estimates rate of 1.2% per year (US census Bureau, 2002) will lead to increase in human-wildlife encounters. Attacks on humans are perhaps the least understood of these encounters, but the most interesting and emotionally...

  17. Thematic Analysis: Exploring Practitioners' Perspectives of Delivering Animal Assisted Therapy

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Kwun Fu Chan

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that uses animals in a therapeutic capacity and can be used as an adjunct with a range of practices such as different psychotherapeutic modalities. Despite its relatively long history, more robust research is needed to increase...

  18. Evaluation Tools for Educational Programs at Zoos Victoria

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Nicole Marie Packard, Michael Robert Clark, Erin Marie McConnaghy, Brian Grant Peterson

    Zoos Victoria recently introduced a new educational program, Education for Conservation (EfC), to teach visiting students about conservation practices. Our goal was to create a set of efficient tools to assess the effectiveness of EfC from the perspectives of Zoo educators, schoolteachers, and...

  19. Integrating Emotional Affect into Bear Viewing Management and Bear Safety Education

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    Theses | Contributor(s): John Nettles

    The popularity of viewing wildlife, specifically brown bears (Ursus arctos), is increasing rapidly throughout North America, from Yellowstone National Park (NP) to Denali National Park. In addition, population distributions of both humans and brown bears are expanding, creating larger areas of...

  20. Sustainable Whale-watching for the Philippines: A Bioeconomic Model of the Spinner Dolphin (Stenella Longirostris)

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Allison Jenny Santos

    Whale-watching provides economic opportunities worldwide and particularly proliferates in developing countries, such as the Philippines. The sustainability of whale-watching is increasingly debated as these activities also negatively impact cetaceans through changes in behavior, communication,...