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  1. A bioeconomic model for the optimization of local canine rabies control

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Aaron Anderson, Johann Kotzé, Stephanie A. Shwiff, Brody Hatch, Chris Slootmaker, Anne Conan, Darryn Knobel, Louis H. Nel

    We present a new modeling tool that can be used to maximize the impact of canine rabies management resources that are available at the local level. The model is accessible through a web-based interface that allows for flexibility in the management strategies that can be investigated. Rabies...

  2. Presence of a dog reduces subjective but not physiological stress responses to an analog trauma

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lass-Hennemann, J., Peyk, P., Streb, M., Holz, E., Michael, T.

    Dogs are known to have stress and anxiety reducing effects. Several studies have shown that dogs are able to calm people during cognitive and performance stressors. Recently, therapy dogs have been proposed as a treatment adjunct for post-traumatic stress disorder patients. In this study we...

  3. Horse Wisdom for the Human World | Tracy Weber | TEDxSVSU

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    Videos | Contributor(s): Tracy Weber

    Horse wisdom can inspire humans to engage authentically in ways which nurture self awareness, empathy, compassion, transforming our own lives, our organizations, our communities and the world. Tracy Weber, Ph.D. is a recognized leader in equine-assisted learning (EAL), a university professor,...

  4. Generation of Domains for the Equine Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Outcome Score: Development by Expert Consensus

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gillian Tabor, Kathryn Nankervis, John Fernandes, Jane Williams

    Outcome measures (OMs) are a requirement of professional practice standards in human and canine physiotherapy practice for measurement of health status. Measures such as pain and functional capacity of specific regions are used to track treatment impact and can be used to develop optimal...

  5. How horses heal, transform, and empower| Mindy Tatz Chernoff | TEDxWilmington

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    Videos | Contributor(s): Mindy Tatz Chernoff

    Mindy Tatz Chernoff is the founder of The Resonant Horse, an innovative approach to healing using horses as teachers and catalysts for change and transformation. Mindy recognizes how horses can aid in facilitating a sense of presence, authenticity and congruence in people. Within the safe...

  6. Difficulties experienced by veterinarians when communicating about emerging zoonotic risks with animal owners: the case of Hendra virus

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Diana H Mendez, Petra Büttner, Jenny Kelly, Madeleine Nowak, Rick Speare

    Background Communication skills are essential for veterinarians who need to discuss animal health related matters with their clients. When dealing with an emerging zoonosis, such as Hendra virus (HeV), veterinarians also have a legal responsibility to inform their clients about the associated...

  7. Elevated Sensitivity to Tactile Stimuli in Stereotypic Horses

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sabrina Briefer Freymond, Déborah Bardou, Sandrine Beuret, Iris Bachmann, Klaus Zuberbühler, Elodie F. Briefer

    Although stereotypic behaviors are a common problem in captive animals, why certain individuals are more prone to develop them remains elusive. In horses, individuals show considerable differences in how they perceive and react to external events, suggesting that this may partially account for...

  8. In-Person Caretaker Visits Disrupt Ongoing Discomfort Behavior in Hospitalized Equine Orthopedic Surgical Patients

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Catherine Torcivia, Sue McDonnell

    Horses have evolved to show little indication of discomfort or disability when in the presence of potential predators, including humans. This natural characteristic complicates the recognition of pain in equine patients. It has been our clinical impression that, whenever a person is present,...

  9. 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...

  10. Horses Failed to Learn from Humans by Observation

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Maria Vilain Rørvang, Tina Bach Nielsen, Janne Winther Christensen

    Animals can acquire new behavior through both individual and social learning. Several studies have investigated horses’ ability to utilize inter-species (human demonstrator) social learning with conflicting results. In this study, we repeat a previous study, which found that horses had...

  11. What Enables Size-Selective Trophy Hunting of Wildlife?

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Chris T. Darimont, K. Rosie Child

    Although rarely considered predators, wildlife hunters can function as important ecological and evolutionary agents. In part, their influence relates to targeting of large reproductive adults within prey populations. Despite known impacts of size-selective harvests, however, we know little...

  12. 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....

  13. The Welfare of Traveller and Gypsy Owned Horses in the UK and Ireland

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Rowland, Marie, Hudson, Neil, Connor, Melanie, Dwyer, Cathy, Coombs, Tamsin

    Travellers and Gypsies are recognised ethnic groups in the UK and Ireland. Horse ownership is an important cultural tradition, however, practices associated with poor welfare are often perceived to be linked to these horse owning communities. Despite this, empirical studies on the welfare...

  14. Influence of Increased Freedom of Movement on Welfare and Egg Laying Pattern of Hens Kept in Aviaries

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Nannoni, Eleonora, Buonaiuto, Giovanni, Martelli, Giovanna, Lizzi, Gabriele, Trevisani, Giacomo, Garavini, Gloria, Sardi, Luca

    This work investigates the effects of structural modifications on the welfare level and laying patterns of hens in a three-tier commercial aviary system. Four experimental groups were used: C (control, housed in a traditional aviary); LM (longitudinal movement, in which internal partitions were...

  15. Aggressive, Submissive, and Affiliative Behavior in Sanctuary Chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes) During Social Integration

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Fultz, Amy, Yanagi, Akie, Breaux, Sarah, Beaupre, Leilani

    Chimp Haven is a sanctuary for chimpanzees being retired from biomedical research and from facilities that can no longer care for them. Chimpanzees often live in smaller groups in captive settings; however, Chimp Haven integrates them into larger, more species-typical groups. Social...

  16. Selection Factors Influencing Eventual Owner Satisfaction about Pet Dog Adoption

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Dinwoodie, Ian R., Zottola, Vivian, Kubitz, Karla, Dodman, Nicholas H.

    Personal likes, experience, and deep-rooted interests to satisfy emotional needs such as companionship, affection, empathy, and security are some of the underlying human motivations for acquiring a pet companion. In this study, we asked how long the owner took to decide whether to adopt a dog,...

  17. Associations between driving rein tensions and drivers’ reports of the behaviour and driveability of Standardbred trotters

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hartmann, Elke, Byström, Anna, Pökelmann, Mette, Connysson, Malin, Kienapfel-Henseleit, Kathrin, Karlsteen, Magnus, McGreevy, Paul, Egenvall, Agneta

  18. Estimating the optimal number of sampling days and patterns for recording calf behaviours in pre-weaning dairy calves

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Xiao, Jian Xin, Peng, Rong, Yang, Hui, Alugongo, Gibson Maswayi, Zhang, Si Yuan, Liu, Shuai, Chen, Tian Yu, Cao, Zhi Jun

  19. Neophobic behavioural responses of parasitised fish to a potential predator and baited hook

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Freire, Rafael, Rogers, Leia, Creece, Darcy, Shamsi, Shokoofeh

  20. Changes in the behaviour before normal calving to predict its onset in Mediterranean buffaloes heifers

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lanzoni, L., Chincarini, M., Giammarco, M., Fusaro, I., Iannotta, M., Podaliri, M., Contri, A., Gloria, A., Vignola, G.