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  1. Allowing captive marmosets to choose the size and position of their nest box

    Contributor(s):: Hosey, G. R., Jacques, M., Burton, M.

    Preferences for nest box size and position were tested in two groups of common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus jacchus). One group consisted of a mother, her two adult sons and one adult daughter, and the other comprised a breeding pair, their two adult sons and two adult daughters. In a pre-test...

  2. Argus Institute

    The Argus Institute is a specialized service offering client support within the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Founded in 1984, our unique program is one of the longest standing, most comprehensive programs of its kind. Our clinical counselors offer support to people who are facing difficult...

  3. Can food safety policy-making be both scientifically and democratically legitimated? If so, how? (Special Issue: Ethics and the politics of food.)

    Contributor(s):: Millstone, E.

    This paper provides an analysis of the evolution of thinking and talking about the role of scientific knowledge and expertise in food safety policy-making, and in risk policy-making more generally from the late 19th century to the present day. It highlights the defining characteristics of several...

  4. Choosing between the emotional dog and the rational pal: a moral dilemma with a tail

    Contributor(s):: Topolski, R., Weaver, J. N., Martin, Z., McCoy, J.

  5. Communicating with special populations: children and older adults. (Effective Communication in Veterinary Practice.)

    Contributor(s):: Brandt, J. C., Grabill, C. M.

    This article highlights the importance of human-animal bond for children and older adults, addresses issues of pet loss and provides suggestions for meeting the communication needs of both populations. This article is divided into 2 sections. The first section focuses on the developmental...

  6. Decision support system with semantic model to assess the risk of tail biting in pigs. 1. Modelling

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Hulsegge, B., Keeling, L., Blokhuis, H. J.

    Tail biting is a multifactorial problem with important welfare as well as economic consequences. Different stakeholders in the pig production chain, such as farmers, consumers and policy makers are interested in reducing the level of tail biting, because tail biting may affect productivity,...

  7. Development of a decision support system for assessing farm animal welfare in relation to husbandry systems: strategy and prototype

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Metz, J. H. M., Dijkhuizen, A. A., Spruijt, B. M.

    Due to increasing empirical information on farm animal welfare since the 1960s, the prospects for sound decision-making concerning welfare have improved. This paper describes a strategy to develop a decision-making aid, a decision support system, for assessment of farm animal welfare based on...

  8. Different problem-solving strategies in dogs diagnosed with anxiety-related disorders and control dogs in an unsolvable task paradigm

    Contributor(s):: Passalacqua, C., Marshall-Pescini, S., Merola, I., Palestrini, C., Previde, E. P.

  9. Do all dogs go to heaven? Investigating the association between demographic characteristics and beliefs about animal afterlife

    Contributor(s):: Royal, K. D., Kedrowicz, A. A., Snyder, A. M.

    The purpose of this research was to explore American's beliefs about animal afterlife based on key demographic factors such as sex, race/ethnicity, age, geographic region, religion/faith, and pet ownership. We attained a large and diverse sample of respondents (n=800) using Amazon's Mechanical...

  10. Establishing 'quality of life' parameters using behavioural guidelines for humane euthanasia of captive non-human primates

    Contributor(s):: Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J., Bernacky, B. J., Wilkerson, G. K.

  11. Ethical frameworks and farmer participation in controversial farming practices

    Contributor(s):: Cardoso, S. P., James, H. S., Jr.

  12. Euthanasia & thanatology in small animals

    Contributor(s):: Heiblum Frid, M., Tejeda Perea, A.

  13. Evaluating a concept for an animal welfare assessment system providing decision support using qualitative interviews

    Contributor(s):: Vaarst, M.

    Qualitative interviews of farmers were carried out as part of a project focusing on developing animal welfare assessment systems (AWASs) in dairy, pig and mink production systems (26 farms in total). The aims of the interviews were to investigate farmers' perceptions and experience of how an AWAS...

  14. Expert consultation on weighting factors of criteria for assessing environmental enrichment materials for pigs

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Zonderland, J. J., Bleumer, E. J. B.

    EC directive 2001/93/EC states that pigs must have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material to enable proper investigation and manipulation activities. This directive requires further interpretation. In order to facilitate the further implementation of the directive into national,...

  15. Following human-given cues or not? Horses ( Equus caballus) get smarter and change strategy in a delayed three choice task

    Contributor(s):: Lovrovich, P., Sighieri, C., Baragli, P.

    To date, horses have seemed capable of using human local enhancement cues only when the experimenter remains close to the reward, since they fail to understand the communicative meaning of the human as momentary local enhancement cue (when the human is not present at the moment of the animal's...

  16. Foot disorders in dairy cattle: impact on cow and dairy farmer

    Contributor(s):: Bruijnis, M. R. N., Beerda, B., Hogeveen, H., Stassen, E. N.

  17. Formalised review of environmental enrichment for pigs in relation to political decision making

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Zonderland, J. J., Lenskens, P., Schouten, W. G. P., Vermeer, H., Spoolder, H. A. M., Hendriks, H. J. M., Hopster, H.

    The EC Directive 2001/93/EC states that: "Pigs must have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material to enable proper investigation and manipulation activities, such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat or a mixture of such, which does not compromise the health of the...

  18. Identifying environmental and management factors that may be associated with the quality of life of kennelled dogs ( Canis familiaris)

    Contributor(s):: Kiddie, J., Collins, L.

    This paper describes the use of a validated quality of life assessment tool (described elsewhere) to identify environmental and management factors that may affect quality of life in dogs kennelled in rehoming centres. Dogs were allocated to one of the four treatment groups, all of which had a...

  19. Inroads into equestrian safety: rider-reported factors contributing to horse-related accidents and near misses on Australian roads

    Contributor(s):: Thompson, K., Matthews, C.

    Horse riding and horse-related interactions are inherently dangerous. When they occur on public roads, the risk profile of equestrian activities is complicated by interactions with other road users. Research has identified speed, proximity, visibility, conspicuity and mutual misunderstanding as...

  20. Laboratory macaques: when to wean? (Special Issue: The welfare of laboratory primates.)

    Contributor(s):: Prescott, M. J., Nixon, M. E., Farningham, D. A. H., Naiken, S., Griffiths, M. A.