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  1. Fostering a More Humane University Environment Through Course Work, Service-Learning, and Animal-Assisted Interventions and Activities

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    Contributor(s):: Aubrey H. Fine, Philip Tedeschi, Teal Mackintosh, Jane Boone

    Incorporating coursework on animal-assisted interventions and human animal interactions has become a viable option for students in higher education. These educational opportunities appear to enhance the quality of education the students receive as well as improve the experience of students...

  2. Experimental trial demonstrates effects of animal-assisted stress prevention program on college students' positive and negative emotion

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    Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Alexa M. Carr, Stephanie M. Roeter, Jaymie L. Vandagriff

    In response to the growing prevalence of mental health issues among college students, campuses across the nation are implementing animal-assisted stress reduction programs, despite a clear lack of evidence supporting their efficacy. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine...

  3. Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Reduces Cortisol Levels of University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Jaymie L. Vandagriff

    University students report high levels of stress. Although causal work is limited, one popular approach to promote stress relief is animal visitation programs (AVPs). We conducted a randomized trial (N = 249) examining effects of a 10-minute AVP on students’ salivary cortisol levels....

  4. Characteristics of Student– Dog Interaction during a Meet-and-Greet Activity in a University-Based Animal Visitation Program

    | Contributor(s):: Pendry, Patricia, Kuzara, Stephanie, Gee, Nancy R.

    The use of university-based Animal Visitation Programs (AVPs)—programs aimed at reducing student stress through human–animal interaction (HAI)—has increased. Implementation has expanded despite our limited understanding about program effects on student and animal wellbeing. Moreover, little is...

  5. Employee Attitudes about the Impact of Visitation Dogs on a College Campus

    | Contributor(s):: Foreman, Anne M., Allison, Penelope, Poland, Michelle, Meade, B. Jean, Wirth, Oliver

    Therapy and visitation dogs are becoming more common on college campuses to provide comfort and support to students, but little attention has been given to the concerns of faculty and staff who share space with the dogs in their workplaces. The purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions...

  6. The communicative role of companion pets in patient-centered critical care

    | Contributor(s):: Yamasaki, J.

  7. Exploring the Handler-Dog Connection within a University-Based Animal-Assisted Activity

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    | Contributor(s):: Kuzara, S., Pendry, P., Gee, N. R.

  8. "Koira tuo jotenkin niinkun läsnäolollaan rohkeutta siihen puhumiseen ja olemiseen" : Alakouluikäisten kokemuksia koira-avusteisuudesta koulukuraattorin kanssa työskentelyssä

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanja Pitkänen

    Tämän opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli tutkia eläinavusteisuutta alakouluikäisten oppilaiden näkökulmasta koulukuraattorin kanssa työskentelyssä. Tutkimus toteutettiin haastattelemalla kuutta alakouluikäistä oppilasta, joiden kanssa...

  9. Okanagan dog visitation's impact on seniors' social support : comparing group and individual conditions

    | Contributor(s):: Lindsay Burton

    Introduction: Social support (SS) is an important determinant of senior health. Dogs are an underutilized modality for seniors’ SS promotion, and dog visitation programs are emerging to address this underutilization. Dogs impact SS in two ways according to the Social Support Theory, as an...

  10. Pals for Life

    We are a non-profit organization founded in 1985 that brings pets to those who need them throughout the Delaware Valley. Our mission is to enable people to lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives through interaction with companion animals.We provide Pet Visitation...

  11. Therapeutic effects of dog visits in nursing homes for the elderly

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    | Contributor(s):: Thodberg, Karen, Sørensen, Lisbeth Uhrskov, Christensen, Janne Winther, Poulsen, Pia Haun, Houbak, Birthe, Damgaard, Vibeke, Keseler, Ingrid, Edwards, David, Videbech, Poul B.

    BackgroundPrevious studies have suggested that visiting dogs can have positive effects on elderly people in nursing homes. We wanted to study the effects of biweekly dog visits on sleep patterns and the psychiatric well‐being of elderly people.MethodsA total of 100 residents (median age: 85.5...

  12. Canine Concern

    Canine Concern helps the sick, lonely and elderly by providing visiting dogs to homes and hospitals.Canine Concern volunteers visit care home residents and hospital patients for about an hour each week or fortnight, on a regular basis, so that a good rapport is beginning to be established after...

  13. Animal visitation programs in colleges and universities: An efficient model for reducing student stress

    | Contributor(s):: Crossman, Molly K., Kazdin, Alan E., Fine, Aubrey H.

  14. Prevalence of zoonotic agents in dogs visiting hospitalized people in Ontario: implications for infection control

    | Contributor(s):: Lefebvre, S. L., Waltner-Toews, D., Peregrine, A. S., Reid-Smith, R., Hodge, L., Arroyo, L. G., Weese, J. S.

  15. The Sam Simon Foundation

    The Sam Simon Foundation, located on the California coast, offers a wide variety of services including assistance dogs, career change dogs, pet visitations, and dog adoptions.  They also have a Mobile Veterinary Clinic that provides services for pets such as spaying, neutering, and...

  16. Animals 2U

    At Animals 2U our mission is to provide a unique, fun, educational and engaging animal experience in a supervised, supportive, and caring environment. All of our animals are friendly and have been hand raised at our farm. Our mobile animal farm is suitable for all occasions and all ages, offering...

  17. StarPups

    The STARPups Program is a one of kind animal assisted therapy team. We rescue very special animals and put them into a training program that transfers them into STARPups!  The STARPups Program is a division of STARS Mentoring Services, LLC. Our animal assisted therapy program is a...

  18. Providence Animal-Assisted Activities & Therapy (PAAA/T)

    The mission of the Providence Animal-Assisted Activities & Therapy (PAAA/T) program is to share the unique benefits of the human-animal bond with the patients, staff and visitors of Providence Health System (PHS) in Olympia, Washington. We have been serving PHS since 1991.

  19. Northwest Montana Pet Partners

    Northwest Montana Pet Partners conducts dog visitation programs through Pet Partners. The organization is licensed to evaluate and certify dogs (and cats) and their handlers.

  20. Therapy Tails Ontario

    Therapy Tails Ontario was founded to improve the lives of physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially disadvantaged individuals through regular visitations and therapeutic relief programs. Working closely with caseworkers, coordinators, teachers, caregivers, and parents our teams integrate...