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  1. Hendra Virus Vaccine, a One Health Approach to Protecting Horse, Human, and Environmental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Middleton, Jackie Pallister, Reuben Klein, Yan-Ru Feng, Jessica Haining, Rachel Arkinstall, Leah Frazer, Jin-An Huang, Nigel Edwards, Mark Wareing, Martin Elhay, Zia Hashmi, John Bingham, Manabu Yamada, Dayna Johnson, John White, Adam Foord, Hans G. Heine, Glenn A. Marsh, Christopher C. Broder, Lin-Fa Wang

    In recent years, the emergence of several highly pathogenic  zoonotic  diseases in humans has led to a renewed emphasis on the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health, otherwise known as One Health. For example, Hendra virus...

  2. Paws for Thought: The Importance of Dogs in a Seniors Social Intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: Elisa Maria Concetta Papotto, Jessica Lee Oliva Dr

    As Australia faces an aging population with an unprecedented life expectancy, it is the community’s obligation to ensure seniors are offered resources to support their well-being. Studies investigating loneliness in aged-care facilities attest to the therapeutic properties of dogs for...

  3. Conservation Psychology: A Gap in Current Australian Undergraduate Psychology Education?

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    | Contributor(s):: Elissa Pearson

    Human actions have contributed to numerous environmental challenges, including climate change and a significant loss of the world’s biodiversity. As the scientific study of human thought and behaviour, psychology has much to offer in better understanding these issues, as well as fostering...

  4. Responding to the problem of ‘food security’ in animal cruelty policy debates: building alliances between animal-centred and human-centred work on food system issues

    | Contributor(s):: Evans, Brodie, Johnson, Hope

  5. More-than-toad: Conflicts and Ruminations in Cane Toad Management

    | Contributor(s):: Nyquist, Jon Rasmus

  6. The 'Feline Five': An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Carla A. Litchfield, Gillian Quinton, Hayley Tindle, Belinda Chiera, K. Heidy Kikillus, Philip Roetman

    The idea of animals possessing personalities was once dismissed by the scientific community, but has since gained traction with evidence for potential application to improve captive animal management and welfare. Although domestic cats are popular companion animals, research has tended to...

  7. Strategies to Reduce the Euthanasia of Impounded Dogs and Cats Used by Councils in Victoria, Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Jacquie Rand, Emily Lancaster, Georgina Inwood, Carolyn Cluderay, Linda Marston

    Euthanasia is used in developed countries as a method of population control for dogs and cats entering shelters and council pounds. This study analyzed all available dog and cat population, registration, intake and outcome data for the 79 Victorian councils. The majority (74%) of councils...

  8. Pet ownership and survival in the elderly hypertensive population

    | Contributor(s):: Enayet K. Chowdhury, Mark R. Nelson, Garry L.R. Jennings, Lindon M.H. Wing, Christopher M. Reid

  9. General Practitioners' Attitudes Toward Complementary Therapies

    | Contributor(s):: G Easthope, B Tranter, G Gill

    Attitudes toward complementary therapies were elicited from a postal survey of all identified general practitioners in the state of Tasmania, Australia. Regression analysis of the data indicated that demographic features associated with favourable attitudes were younger age and location in small...

  10. Online Relinquishments of Dogs and Cats in Australia

    | Contributor(s):: Susan J Hazel, Caitlin J Jenvey, Jonathan Tuke

    The aim of this study was to analyze dog and cat advertisements on a popular online trading website in Australia in February 2016. A total of 2640 ads for dogs and 2093 ads for cats were classified as being relinquished on Gumtree. A total of 23% of dog ads and 62% of cat ads were for free...

  11. Email Reminders Increase the Frequency That Pet Owners Update Their Microchip Information

    | Contributor(s):: Katie Goodwin, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Varun Uthappa, Rick Walduck

    Many stray animals presented to shelters in several first world nations have incorrect contact details associated with their microchip and, consequently, cannot be reunited with their owners. This study investigated whether sending email reminders increased the frequency that pet owners updated...

  12. Objective Measures for the Assessment of Post-Operative Pain in Bos indicus Bull Calves Following Castration

    | Contributor(s):: Gabrielle C. Musk, Stine Jacobsen, Timothy H. Hyndman, Heidi S. Lehmann, S. Jonathon Tuke, Teresa Collins, Karina B. Gleerup, Craig B. Johnson, Michael Laurence

    Surgical castration of cattle is a common husbandry procedure, and although this procedure is known to cause pain in cattle and other species, in some countries it is often performed without anaesthesia or analgesia. Society is increasingly aware of this animal welfare issue and it is creating...

  13. Characteristics and Outcomes of Dogs Admitted into Queensland RSPCA Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Megan Hemy, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Mandy Paterson

    Over 200,000 stray and surrendered dogs are admitted to shelters and municipal facilities in Australia each year, and approximately 20% are euthanized. Contemporary, comprehensive data on the characteristics and outcomes of dogs entering shelters are required to reduce shelter admissions and...

  14. Assessing the Risk of a Canine Rabies Incursion in Northern Australia

    | Contributor(s):: Emily G. Hudson, Victoria J. Brookes, Michael P. Ward

    Rabies is a globally distributed virus that causes approximately 60,00 human deaths annually with >99% of cases caused by dog bites. Australia is currently canine rabies free. However, the recent eastward spread of rabies in the Indonesian archipelago has increased the probability of rabies...

  15. Walking the thylacine: records of indigenous companion animals in Australian narrative and photographic history

    | Contributor(s):: Philip, J., Garden, D.

    This report examines the history and significance of indigenous companion animals within traditional Aboriginal society and in early Euro-Australian settlements. Working from historical photographic and anthropological records, the project constructs a visual and written record of these...

  16. Pet dog management practices among a representative sample of owners in Victoria, Australia

    | Contributor(s):: Howell, T. J., Mornement, K., Bennett, P. C.

    It is often assumed that pet dogs experience better welfare than livestock production animals because many owners consider them to be members of the family and, collectively, spend billions of dollars on them annually. However, this assumption is not based on scientific evidence, and a...

  17. In the water with white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias): participants' beliefs toward cage-diving in Australia

    | Contributor(s):: Apps, K., Dimmock, K., Lloyd, D., Huveneers, C.

    White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) cage-diving tourism is a controversial activity that provokes emotional and often opposing points of view. With increasing demand for shark tourism since the 1990s, the underlying determinants driving this growth in participation remain unclear. This paper...

  18. Changing human-animal relationships in sport: an analysis of the UK and Australian horse racing whips debates

    | Contributor(s):: Graham, R., McManus, P.

    Changing social values and new technologies have contributed to increasing media attention and debate about the acceptable use of animals in sport. This paper focuses on the use of the whip in thoroughbred horse racing. Those who defend its use argue it is a necessary tool needed for safety,...

  19. Reasons People Surrender Unowned and Owned Cats to Australian Animal Shelters and Barriers to Assuming Ownership of Unowned Cats

    | Contributor(s):: Zito, S., Morton, J., Vankan, D., Paterson, M., Bennett, P. C., Rand, J., Phillips, C. J.

  20. Dogs and People in Aboriginal Communities: Exploring the Relationship within the Context of the Social Determinants of Health

    | Contributor(s):: Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall, Eva McRae-Williams, Daphne Daniels, Keith Rogers

    Aboriginal people and dogs have a very long association. The archaeological evidence suggests that the dingo, which was intentionally brought to Australia, was present from about 3500 years ago. Dogs introduced by European settlers quickly replaced or interbred with dingoes at Aboriginal...