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  1. Employee reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work: identifying turning-point events through retrospective narratives

    Contributor(s):: Reeve, C. L., Spitzmuller, C., Rogelberg, S. G., Walker, A., Schultz, L., Clark, O.

    This study used a retrospective narrative procedure to examine the critical events that influence reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work of 35 employees who have stayed in the animal care and welfare field for at least 2 years. Data were collected at the 2002 Animal Care Expo held in...

  2. Impact of a bilingual mobile spay/neuter clinic in a U.S./Mexico border city

    Contributor(s):: Poss, J. E., Everett, M.

    There are between 4 and 10 million dogs and cats killed annually in the United States. Although there are no accurate national estimates of the number of companion animals who are sterilized surgically. Approximately 26,000 companion animals are euthanized annually in El Paso County, Texas,...

  3. Research and teaching of dairy cattle well being: finding synergy between ethology and epidemiology

    Contributor(s):: Duffield, T. F., Leslie, K. E., Lissemore, K. D., Millman, S. T.

    Epidemiology is a tool used to identify and quantify risk factors that contribute to the state of health or disease. In addition, the maintenance of health and recognition of nonhuman animal welfare are both key principles of health management. Animal welfare and ethology provide important...

  4. The impact of epizootics on livelihoods

    Contributor(s):: Heath, S. E.

    Epizootics (nonhuman animal disease epidemics) can have detrimental impacts on livelihoods through a complex interaction of demographic trends, food production, and animal disease. Differences in the rate of demographic shifts, including rates of population growth, economic growth, urbanization,...

  5. What shelters can do about euthanasia-related stress: an examination of recommendations from those on the front line

    Contributor(s):: Rogelberg, S. G., Digiacomo, N., Reeve, C. L., Spitzmuller, C., Clark, O. L., Teeter, L., Walker, A. G., Carter, N. T., Starling, P. G.

    Shelter employees with euthanasia responsibilities are an at-risk population for a variety of psychological and emotional ailments. This study surveyed 305 employees from 62 shelters throughout the United States to gather first-hand perspectives on what should be done to assist shelter workers in...

  6. Cooling out the mark in companion animal adoption

    Contributor(s):: Thompson, C. Y., Young, R. L.

    This research examines conflict resolution in the companion animal adoption process. Such adoptions typically occur in public settings where volunteers (1) advise potential adopters about the physical, emotional, and environmental needs of companion animals; (2) evaluate adopters and the...

  7. Grief for pets - Part 1: Overview and some false assumptions

    Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Dealing with clients' distress, especially at euthanasia, is a significant stressor for many veterinary nurses. However, few have had formal training in how pet loss affects clients, and how best to communicate with grieving clients. Moreover, many veterinary practices do not take a comprehensive...

  8. Grief for pets: Part 2: Realistic client care so that you 'do no harm'

    Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Research indicates that many clients think about their animal companions' deaths while the animals are still well, and would like their veterinarians to lead discussions about end-of-life issues. However, most veterinarians are unaware of this. Moreover, they have not been trained in how pet loss...

  9. Interventions for improving employment outcomes among individuals with spinal cord injury: A systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Trenaman, L. M., Miller, W. C., Escorpizo, R., the, Scire Research Team

  10. Unleashing the Beast: Animals, Energy, and the Economy of Labor in Ottoman Egypt

    Contributor(s):: Mikhail, Alan

  11. Selected Employee Attributes And Perceptions Regarding Methods And Animal Welfare Concerns Associated With Swine Euthanasia

    Contributor(s):: John Steven Matthis

    The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between selected employee attributes and employees' perceptions regarding swine euthanasia, and to explore employees' animal welfare concerns associated with swine euthanasia. This study establishes the most prevalent personality...

  12. An introduction to developmental problems in puppy hood

    Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    Many veterinary staff wondered why the Companion Animal Welfare Council, that conducted independent studies into the welfare, care and treatment of companion animals, concluded that the minimum standard of accredited qualification for professionals instructing a puppy class should be at level 4...

  13. Barking in home alone suburban dogs ( Canis familiaris) in New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Flint, E. L., Minot, E. O., Stevenson, M., Perry, P. E., Stafford, K. J.

    The aim of this study was to establish expected average parameters for barking in normal suburban dogs in New Zealand (defined as dogs with no history of problem or nuisance barking) that are left alone for 8 hours during the day, with indoor/outdoor access, and are walked daily. Parameters...

  14. Behavioural first aid advice for new puppy owners

    Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    The veterinary nurse is an essential source of advice for many new puppy owners and advice given at the start of the creation of the human-pet bond will affect not only the quality of that relationship, but also the development and behavioural repertoire of the young dog. Advice on choosing the...

  15. Client education benefits all: patient, client and practice

    Contributor(s):: Aitken, E.

    The education of clients by the veterinary nurse is an important role, which helps to improve animal welfare. From the very simple waiting room displays to the more time-consuming clinics and client evenings, there are methods to suit various situations with associated benefits for the patient,...

  16. Four core communication skills of highly effective practitioners

    Contributor(s):: Shaw, J. R.

    For 40 years, medical researchers have been studying physician-patient interactions, and the results of these studies have yielded three basic conclusions: physician-patient interactions have an impact on patient health, patient and physician satisfaction, adherence to medical recommendations,...

  17. Small animal behavioral triage: a guide for practitioners

    Contributor(s):: Martin, K. M., Martin, D., Shaw, J. K.

    Behavioral concerns are the principal cause of a weakened human-animal bond and pet relinquishment. Triaging behavioral concerns and providing early intervention may be the difference between a patient remaining in its current home or relinquishment. Prevention and intervention behavior services...

  18. The impact of pet loss: an update on the research and evidence-based ways to help grieving clients

    Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Grief on an animal's death is a normal reaction. However, although some support resources are available, including counsellors, helplines and online fora, there is little collective societal understanding of pet owners' grief. In addition to personal and situational factors (e.g. age, coping...

  19. The political economy of land grabs in Malawi: investigating the contribution of limphasa sugar corporation to rural development

    Contributor(s):: Chinsinga, B., Chasukwa, M., Zuka, S. P.

    Though a recent phenomenon, land grabs have generated considerable debate that remains highly polarized. In this debate, one view presents land deals as a path to sustainable and transformative rural development through capital accumulation, infrastructural development, technology transfer, and...

  20. The use of in-depth interviews to understand the process of treating lame dairy cows from the farmers' perspective

    Contributor(s):: Horseman, S. V., Roe, E. J., Huxley, J. N., Bell, N. J., Mason, C. S., Whay, H. R.

    Interventions aimed at improving animal welfare on farms may be more successful if greater attention is paid to the points of view of farmers. For example, understanding how different dairy farmers detect lame cows, decide to treat them, get them to the point of treatment, and how practical...