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  1. Socioeconomic Influences on Reports of Canine Welfare Concerns to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Queensland, Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Hao Yu Shih, Mandy B. A. Paterson, Clive J. C. Phillips

    Human–dog relationships are an important contributor to the welfare of dogs, but little is known about the importance of socioeconomic status of the dogs’ owners. We conducted a retrospective study of canine welfare complaints, using Australian government statistics on the...

  2. Environmental effects are stronger than human effects on mammalian predator-prey relationships in arid Australian ecosystems

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    | Contributor(s):: Benjamin L. Allen, Alana Fawcett, Alison Anker, Richard M. Engeman, Allan Lisle, Luke K.-P. Leung

    Climate (drought, rainfall), geology (habitat availability), land use change (provision of artificial waterpoints, introduction of livestock), invasive species (competition, predation), and direct human intervention (lethal control of top-predators) have each been identified as processes...

  3. The Welfare of Pig-Hunting Dogs in Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Bronwyn Orr, Richard Malik, Jacqui Norris, Mark Westman

    Hunting feral pigs using dogs is a popular recreational activity in Australia. Dogs are used to flush, chase, bail, and hold feral pigs, and their use for these activities is legal in some states and territories and illegal in others. However, there is little knowledge about the health and...

  4. Survival rates o f cat-attacked birds admitted to RSPCA wildlife centres in the UK: implications for cat owners and wildlife rehabilitators

    | Contributor(s):: Baker, P. J., Thompson, R., Grogan, A.

  5. Predation and Risk Behaviors of Free-Roaming Owned Cats in Auckland, New Zealand via the Use of Animal-Borne Cameras

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    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie J. Bruce, Sarah Zito, M. Carolyn Gates, Glenn Aguilar, Jessica K. Walker, Nick Goldwater, Arnja Dale

    Free-roaming cats are at increased risk of injuring themselves as well as other domestic and fauna species, yet relatively little is known about the frequency at which risk and predation behaviors occur in a typical day. In this study, cat risk, and predation behavioral information was...

  6. A Survey of Veterinarian Attitudes Toward Prepubertal Desexing of Dogs and Cats in the Australian Capital Territory

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    | Contributor(s):: Bronwyn Orr, Bidda Jones

    Prepubertal desexing (neutering) has been a legal requirement for all cats and dogs in the Australian Capital Territory since 2001. All cats have to be desexed by 3 months of age, and all dogs are required to be desexed by 6 months of age. The role of veterinary attitudes and behaviors in the...

  7. Beliefs, Attitudes and Self-Efficacy of Australian Veterinary Students Regarding One Health and Zoonosis Management

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    | Contributor(s):: Ihab Habib, Wing Sze Lam, Hamid Reza Sodagari, Peter Irons, Mieghan Bruce

    This study aimed to explore the beliefs and attitudes of a group of senior veterinary students regarding One Health and to evaluate their levels of confidence in advising the general public on preventative health issues at the human–animal interface. An online survey was communicated to...

  8. Animal Health Management Practices Among Smallholder Livestock Producers in Australia and Their Contribution to the Surveillance System

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    | Contributor(s):: Marta Hernández-Jover, Lynne Hayes, Robert Woodgate, Luzia Rast, Jenny-Ann L. M. L. Toribio

    The risks posed for disease introduction and spread are believed to be higher for smallholder livestock producers than commercial producers. Possible reasons for this is the notion that smallholders do not implement appropriate animal health management practices and are not part of traditional...

  9. Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the VetCompass Australia Database

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    | Contributor(s):: Paul McGreevy, Sophie Masters, Leonie Richards, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes, Anne Peaston, Martin Combs, Peter J. Irwin, Janice Lloyd, Catriona Croton, ClaireWylie, BethanyWilson

    In Australia, compulsory microchipping legislation requires that animals are microchipped before sale or prior to 3 months in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and by 6 months in Western Australia and Tasmania. Describing the implementation of...

  10. Encounters with whales '93 : a conference to further explore the management isues relating to human/whale interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Deb Postle, Mark Simmons

    Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park there has also been an increase over the past few years in the number of tourist operators applying for permits to run commercial whale watching activities. In the Whitsunday Islands region, which is already a heavily used recreational and commercial...

  11. Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth R. Arnott, Jonathan B. Early, Claire M. Wade, Paul D. McGreevy

    This study investigated the current management practices associated with stock herding dogs on Australian farms. A parallel goal was to determine whether these practices and the characteristics of the dog handlers were associated with success rates. Success rate refers to the proportion of dogs...

  12. Investigating the Emotion Regulation Strategies Implemented by Adults Grieving the Death of a Pet in Australia and the UK

    | Contributor(s):: Chloe Green, Maria Kangas, Ian Fairholm

    Pet-related grief has been for the most part been overlooked in psychological research. The aim of this study was twofold. First, to investigate whether the ambiguous loss of one’s pet was associated with heightened grief compared to certain pet death; and second, to examine whether...

  13. Artistic freedom or animal cruelty? Contemporary visual art practice that involves live and deceased animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Coleman, E., Scollen, R., Batorowicz, B., Akenson, D.

    This paper examines a selection of 21st-century international examples of exhibited visual artworks involving live or deceased animals. It seeks to reveal the risks and benefits of unique encounters with animals through art and to consider the ethical implications of artwork deploying animals....

  14. A Case of Letting the Cat out of The Bag—Why Trap-Neuter-Return Is Not an Ethical Solution for Stray Cat (Felis catus) Management

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather M. Crawford, Michael C. Calver, Patricia A. Fleming

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, in which stray cats are captured, neutered and returned to the environment are advocated as a humane, ethical alternative to euthanasia. We review the TNR literature in light of current debate over whether or not there should be further TNR trials in...

  15. Barneveld Equestrian

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    The home of Barneveld Equestrian is hidden in the heart of Chandler, Brisbane. We now also have a second facility located in Mount Cotton. We strive to create a boutique and personal atmosphere for all our customers. Our facilities include a beautiful 60 x 20 metre ELD sand arena, solar...

  16. Investigating the Impact of Indemnity Waivers on the Length of Stay of Cats at an Australian Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Pockett, Bronwyn Orr, Evelyn Hall, Wye Li Chong, Mark Westman

    Due to resource limitations, animal shelters in Australia historically have focused on rehoming animals considered ‘highly adoptable’. Increasingly, animal shelters in Australia are rehoming animals with pre-existing medical and/or behavioural issues. These animals are often rehomed...

  17. Pets Are Associated with Fewer Peer Problems and Emotional Symptoms, and Better Prosocial Behavior: Findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

    | Contributor(s):: Christian, H., Mitrou, F., Cunneen, R., Zubrick, S. R.

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

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather M. Crawford, Michael C. Calver

    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...

  19. Share Reading Dogs Program

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    Share Reading Dogs Program aims to motivate and encourage students with difficulty reading. Share (Special Human-Animal Relationships in Education) involves a dog and its handler working with students in need of extra help with their reading class.

  20. Story Dogs

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    The mission of Story Dogs is to make reading fun for children, so they become confident lifelong readers.