Application of the hands on donkey tool for assessing the welfare of working equids at Tuliman, Mexico
| Contributor(s):: ., F. Galindo, A. de Aluja, R. Cagigas, L.A. Huerta, T.A. Tadich
Equids are still used for diverse chores in Mexico and are essential for the livelihoods of numerous families. Appropriate health and behavior are prerequisites for performing work without affecting welfare. This study aimed to assess the welfare of working equids in Tuliman, applying the...
Children report positive experiences of animal-assisted therapy in paediatric hospital care
| Contributor(s):: Lindstrom Nilsson, M., Funkquist, E. L., Edner, A., Engvall, G.
Avoidance Distance in Sheltered Cows and Its Association with Other Welfare Parameters
| Contributor(s):: Sharma, A., Phillips, C. J. C.
Emotional support animal assessments: Toward a standard and comprehensive model for mental health professionals
| Contributor(s):: Younggren, Jeffrey N., Boness, Cassandra L., Bryant, Leisl M., Koocher, Gerald P.
Assessment of the Arkansas Horse 4-H Program: Perspectives from Multiple Stakeholders
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| Contributor(s):: Fawn Lee Kurtzo
Assessment of the Arkansas horse 4-H program utilized stakeholders’ perceptions to describe inputs, outcomes, preferences and impacts provided by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Stakeholders’ perceptions were captured through three studies. Studies included the...
Assessment of Welfare in Zoo Animals: Towards Optimum Quality of Life
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Wolfensohn, Justine Shotton, Hannah Bowley, Sian Davies, Sarah Thompson, William S. M. Justice
Maintaining a high standard of animal welfare is essential in zoos, and methods of animal welfare assessment should aim to evaluate positive as well as negative states. The indicators that are useful in assessing these are discussed as there is huge variability in the available information...
Using the Five Domains Model to Assess the Adverse Impacts of Husbandry, Veterinary, and Equitation Interventions on Horse Welfare
| Contributor(s):: Paul McGreevy, Jeannine Berger, Nic de Brauwere, Orla Doherty, Anna Harrison, Julie Fielder, Claudia Jones, Sue McDonnell, Andrew McLean, Lindsay Nakonechny, Christine Nicol, Liane Preshaw, Peter Thomson, Vicky Tzioumis, John Webster, Sarah Wolfensohn, James Yeates, Bidda Jones
The aim of this study was to conduct a series of paper-based exercises in order to assess the negative (adverse) welfare impacts, if any, of common interventions on domestic horses across a broad range of different contexts of equine care and training. An international panel (with professional...
Evaluation of a behavioral assessment tool for dogs relinquished to shelters
| Contributor(s):: DL Duffy, KA Kruger, James A. Serpell
Private Animal Welfare Standards—Opportunities and Risks
| Contributor(s):: Frida Lundmark, Charlotte Berg, Helena Rockilnsberg
The current shift moves the governance of animal welfare away from the government towards the private market and the consumers. We have studied the intentions, content, and on-farm inspection results from different sets of animal welfare legislation and private standards with an aim to highlight...
The Impact of Excluding Food Guarding from a Standardized Behavioral Canine Assessment in Animal Shelters
| Contributor(s):: Heather Mohan-Gibbons, Emily D Dolan, Pamela Reid, Margaret R Slater, Hugh Mulligan, Emily Weiss
Many shelters euthanize or restrict adoptions for dogs that exhibit food guarding while in the animal shelter. However, previous research showed that only half the dogs exhibiting food guarding during an assessment food guard in the home. So, dogs are often misidentified as future food guarders...
Assessment of Plumage and Integument Condition in Dual-Purpose Breeds and Conventional Layers
| Contributor(s):: Mona Franziska Giersberg, Birgit Spindler
The assessment of plumage and integument condition in laying hens provides useful information about the occurrence of feather pecking and cannibalism. Although feather loss and skin injuries can result from mechanical abrasion or clinical diseases, they are valid animal-based indicators for...
Should the Contribution of One Additional Lame Cow Depend on How Many Other Cows on the Farm Are Lame?
| Contributor(s):: Peter Sandoe, Bjorn Forkman, Franziska Hakansson, Sine Norlander Andreasen, Rikke Nohr, Matt Denwood, Thomas Boker Lund
Welfare Quality® proposes a system for aggregation according to which the total welfare score for a group of animals is a non-linear effect of the prevalence of welfare scores across the individuals within the group. Three assumptions serve to justify this: (1) experts do not follow a...
Operational Details of the Five Domains Model and Its Key Applications to the Assessment and Management of Animal Welfare
| Contributor(s):: David J. Mellor
In accord with contemporary animal welfare science understanding, the Five Domains Model has a significant focus on subjective experiences, known as affects, which collectively contribute to an animal’s overall welfare state. Operationally, the focus of the Model is on the presence or...
The Effects of Receiving Animal Assisted Therapy on the Self-Efficacy and Reading Fluency of Struggling Readers
| Contributor(s):: Lisa M. Smith
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of using animal-assisted therapy on the self-efficacy and reading fluency of struggling readers. The measurement tool used was Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills (DIBELS) and the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. This study...
Eläinavusteisen toimintaterapian arviointikäytänteet
| Contributor(s):: Johanna Hakanen, Jenni Huttunen
Kiinnostus Green Carea kohtaan kasvaa parhaillaan niin maailmalla kuin Suomessa. Eläinavusteinen terapia, jota muun muassa toimintaterapeutit käyttävät yhtenä työmuotonaan kuuluu tämän käsitteen alle. Opinnäytetyön kohteena oli tutkia...
Assessment of Working Dog Suitability from Quantimetric Data
| Contributor(s):: Joelle Alcaidinho, Giancarlo Valentin, Nate Yoder, Stephanie Tai, Paul Mundell, Melody Jackson
We propose new approaches to assessing the suitability of potential working dogs for a given occupation. The main focus is placed on continuously-recording technology that does not rely on constant human observation. An example is provided in the form of a pilot study...
A Comparison of Three Animal Welfare Assessment Programs on Canadian Swine Farms
| Contributor(s):: Ashley Nicole Roberts
Standard measures used in animal welfare assessments include animal-based measures obtained by observing animals, resource-based measures obtained by observing facilities, and management-based measures obtained by interviewing farmers and checking records. Animal welfare assessments are composed...
Beware the Boojum: caveats and strengths of avian radar
| Contributor(s):: Beason, Robert C., Nohara, Tim J., Weber, Peter
Effect of repeated therapeutic horse riding sessions on the trunk movement of the rider
| Contributor(s):: Janura, M., Svoboda, Z., Cabell, L., Dvorakova, T., Jelen, K.
Quantitative assessment of human and pet exposure to Salmonella associated with dry pet foods
| Contributor(s):: Lambertini, E., Buchanan, R. L., Narrod, C., Ford, R. M., Baker, R. C., Pradhan, A. K.
Recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with dry pet foods and treats highlight the importance of these foods as previously overlooked exposure vehicles for both pets and humans. In the last decade efforts have been made to raise the safety of this class of products, for instance by upgrading...