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  1. Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia Patients Experiencing Agitation

    Presentations | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Background: Several studies suggest that nonpharmacological interventions are preferred for first-line therapy when managing symptoms such as agitation associated with dementia. Patients experiencing dementia most likely develop behavioral symptoms throughout the course of their illnesses....

  2. Integrated Stress and Community Perceptions: Toward an Understanding of Human-Cougar Tolerance

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Evidence suggests that cougars (Puma concolor) are beginning to recolonize their traditional range in the Midwestern and Eastern US, returning to a landscape and a social environment that have changed drastically in a century of absence. Any hope of the cougar’s persistence depends on...

  3. Attitudes and Practices of Australian Veterinary Professionals and Students towards Early Age Desexing of Cats

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Surgical desexing of cats is typically carried out after six months of age (Mature Age Desexing, MAD); between 4–6 months (Traditional Age Desexing, TAD); or before four months (Early Age Desexing, EAD). We complemented existing surveys of veterinarians’ acceptance of EAD with...

  4. Manejo de doenças infecciosas em gatos de abrigos

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    O presente trabalho aborda o manejo de doenças infecciosas em abrigos de felinos. É importante entender e controlar alguns fatores básicos que predispoem as doenças infeciosas. Os principais fatores são: estresse, densidade populacional e...

  5. Consequences and Management of Canine Brachycephaly in Veterinary Practice: Perspectives from Australian Veterinarians and Veterinary Specialists

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Diane Lefebvre, Claire Diederich, Madeleine Delcourt, Jean-Marie Giffroy

    This article, written by veterinarians whose caseloads include brachycephalic dogs, argues that there is now widespread evidence documenting a link between extreme brachycephalic phenotypes and chronic disease, which compromises canine welfare. This paper is divided into nine sections exploring...

  6. Ecology of Conflict: Marine Food Supply Affects Human-Wildlife Interactions on Land

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Human-wildlife conflicts impose considerable costs to people and wildlife worldwide. Most research focuses on proximate causes, offering limited generalizable understanding of ultimate drivers. We tested three competing hypotheses (problem individuals, regional population saturation, limited...

  7. Dog Therapy Day at NWCCC

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) provides great beneficial opportunities for individuals within the prison population. Many research studies display the effectiveness of AAT programs in prison settings through their results. The results showed improved moods, decreased stress levels, and increased...

  8. The cat's cradle of responsibility: assigning and taking responsibility for companion animals in natural disasters

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Responsibility is often regarded as a unified concept. However in everyday language, the term refers to a cat's cradle of related ideas and perceptions. Although there might be consensus that individuals should be ultimately responsible for their own animals during crises, individuals and...

  9. All the King's Horses, All the King's Elephants: The Fates of Royal Animals in Nepal's Post-Monarchy Period

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In May of 2008, Nepal’s 240-year-old monarchy was legally dissolved. In the wake of this dissolution, the new interim government sought to replace royal institutions, procedures, and ceremonies with new, parallel processes. One unexpected royal legacy that politicians needed to resolve...

  10. Human-Bear Interactions Among Black Bears in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, and Polar Bears on Alaska's North Slope

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Human-bear interactions are an important consideration of bear biology, as interactions can lead to destruction of property as well as injury or death for both human and bear. Successful analysis of why these interactions occur can lead to appropriate preventative measures and mitigation of...

  11. Compassionate Conservation: Exploring the Lives of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) in Botswana

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This paper argues for a more compassionate conservation by positioning animals as subjects in research and scholarship. Compassionate conservation is a multidisciplinary field of study that broadly attends to the ethical dimensions of conservation by merging conservation biology and animal...

  12. Compassionate Conservation: Exploring the Lives of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) in Botswana

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Diane Lefebvre, Claire Diederich, Madeleine Delcourt, Jean-Marie Giffroy

    This paper argues for a more compassionate conservation by positioning animals as subjects in research and scholarship. Compassionate conservation is a multidisciplinary field of study that broadly attends to the ethical dimensions of conservation by merging conservation biology and animal...

  13. Prison Programs to Reduce Recidivism: What is the Ideal Structure of an Inmate Reentry Program?

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In the United States' correctional system, inmate programs within prisons often do not reduce recidivism. Recent surveys have shown that across the country many prisons have a form of a Prison Based Animal Program (PAP). This study examines the effect that Prison based Animal Programs have...

  14. Auditory–Visual Matching of Conspecifics and Non-Conspecifics by Dogs and Human Infants

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    We tested whether dogs and 14–16-month-old infants are able to integrate intersensory information when presented with conspecific and heterospecific faces and vocalisations. The looking behaviour of dogs and infants was recorded with a non-invasive eye-tracking technique while they were...

  15. Auditory–Visual Matching of Conspecifics and Non-Conspecifics by Dogs and Human Infants

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Diane Lefebvre, Claire Diederich, Madeleine Delcourt, Jean-Marie Giffroy

    We tested whether dogs and 14–16-month-old infants are able to integrate intersensory information when presented with conspecific and heterospecific faces and vocalisations. The looking behaviour of dogs and infants was recorded with a non-invasive eye-tracking technique while they were...

  16. K-9 Catch-22: The Impossible Dilemma of Using Police Dogs in Apprehension of Suspects

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In the past several years, the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has seen two canine police dogs (K-9s) killed in the line of duty, Rocco in January 2014, and Aren in January of 2016.  Both were killed by stab wounds while attempting to apprehend suspects. The man who killed Rocco received...

  17. K-9 Catch-22: The Impossible Dilemma of Using Police Dogs in Apprehension of Suspects

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Diane Lefebvre, Claire Diederich, Madeleine Delcourt, Jean-Marie Giffroy

    In the past several years, the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has seen two canine police dogs (K-9s) killed in the line of duty, Rocco in January 2014, and Aren in January of 2016.  Both were killed by stab wounds while attempting to apprehend suspects. The man who killed Rocco received...

  18. Urban Underdogs

    Organizations | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Urban Underdogs is a non-profit organization created to help animals in underserved communities in the Las Vegas Valley. We’re an ALL-VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION incorporated in the state of Nevada providing food for companion animals, animal welfare education, and negotiating basic...

  19. Ocitocina sérica e comportamento afetivo de cães na interação com crianças e adultos

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    A ocitocina tem sido usada como parâmetro para medir os laços sociais em animais. Recentemente foi demonstrado que a concentração de ocitocina aumenta em cães e donos quando interagem positivamente e, possivelmente, que na interação com...

  20. Thermal Micro-Environment during Poultry Transportation in South Central United States

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This observational study was conducted to characterize the thermal micro- climate that broilers experienced in commercial poultry transporters under various weather conditions and typical management practices in the South Central USA. We continuously monitored temperature and relative humidity...