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  1. Dog-Assisted Physical Activity Intervention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Feasibility and Efficacy Exploratory Study

    Contributor(s):: Abadi, Mahdi Rostami Haji, Hase, Bethany, Dell, Colleen, Johnston, James D., Kontulainen, Saija

  2. Effects of animal-assisted psychotherapy incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion in neurorehabilitation: a randomized controlled feasibility trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Künzi, P., Ackert, M., Grosse Holtforth, M., Hund-Georgiadis, M., Hediger, K.

    Transdiagnostic psychotherapeutic approaches are increasingly used in neurorehabilitation to address psychological distress. Animal-assistance is thought to increase efficacy. The present study evaluates a psychotherapeutic mindfulness- and self-compassion-based group intervention (MSCBI) with...

  3. Integrating Animal-Assisted Therapy Into TF-CBT for Abused Youth With PTSD: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Allen, B., Shenk, C. E., Dreschel, N. E., Wang, M., Bucher, A. M., Desir, M. P., Chen, M. J., Grabowski, S. R.

    This clinical trial examined animal-assisted therapy (AAT) as an adjunct to Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for abused youth with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Youth between the ages of 6 and 17 (M = 11.79, SD = 3.08) were randomized to receive standard TF-CBT or...

  4. Feasibility and reliability of the AWIN welfare assessment protocol for dairy goats in semi-extensive farming conditions

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    | Contributor(s):: Battini, M., Renna, M., Giammarino, M., Battaglini, L., Mattiello, S.

    The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and reliability of the Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN) protocol for welfare assessment of dairy goats when applied to semi-extensive farming conditions. We recruited 13 farms located in the NW Italian Alps where three assessors individually and...

  5. Changes in the welfare of mink (Neovison vison) with date of assessment in the winter and growth periods have limited effects on the overall WelFur categorisation

    | Contributor(s):: Marsboll, A. F., Henriksen, B. I. F., Hansen, B. K., Moller, S. H.

  6. The representativeness of a semi-random sampling method for animal welfare assessments on mink farms

    | Contributor(s):: Marsboll, A. F., Henriksen, B. I. F., Moller, S. H.

  7. To dock or not to dock? Faecal soiling measurement in sheep

    | Contributor(s):: Soriano, V. S., Stamm, F. O., Taconeli, C. A., Molento, C. F. M.

  8. Assessment of stun quality after gunshot used on cattle: a pilot study on effects of diverse ammunition on physical signs displayed after the shot, brain tissue damage and brain haemorrhages

    | Contributor(s):: Schiffer, K. J., Retz, S. K., Algers, B., Hensel, O.

  9. Developing an animal-assisted support program for healthcare employees

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    | Contributor(s):: Etingen, B., Martinez, R. N., Smith, B. M., Hogan, T. P., Miller, L., Saban, K. L., Irvin, D., Jankowski, B., Weaver, F. M.

    Background Employee burnout and its associated consequences is a significant problem in the healthcare workforce. Workplace animal therapy programs offer a potential strategy for improving employee well-being; however, research on animal therapy programs for healthcare workers is lacking. This...

  10. Animal-Assisted Activity in Critically Ill Older Adults: A Randomized Pilot and Feasibility Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Branson, S., Boss, L., Hamlin, S., Padhye, N. S.

  11. Impact of the implementation of a therapy dog program on burn center patients and staff

    | Contributor(s):: Pruskowski, K. A., Gurney, J. M., Cancio, L. C.

  12. Companion Dog Foster Caregiver Program for Older Veterans at the VA Maryland Health Care System: A Feasibility Study

    | Contributor(s):: Ortmeyer, H. K., Robey, L. C.

    Veterans experience mental health conditions at a disproportionate rate compared to their civilian counterparts, and approximately 60% of older veterans who receive their care through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) do not meet physical activity (PA) recommendations. We...

  13. Pilot testing a manualized equine-facilitated cognitive processing therapy (EF-CPT) intervention for PTSD in veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Wharton, T., Whitworth, J., Macauley, E., Malone, M.

  14. Process Evaluation of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Feasibility and Relevance of a Dog-Assisted Therapy Program in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Wijker, C., Leontjevas, R., Spek, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

    (1) Background: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard for evaluating a treatment. However, the results of an RCT may remain meaningless for clinical practice in cases of poor intervention feasibility or fidelity (the extent to which the protocol was executed), or...

  15. Incorporating animal-assisted therapy in mental health treatments for adolescents: A systematic review of canine assisted psychotherapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Jones, M. G., Rice, S. M., Cotton, S. M.

    Introduction As interest in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) grows, there is increasing need to differentiate informal activities from formal and professionally directed therapies, including mental health focussed Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy (CAP). There have been no reviews focusing...

  16. Identification and development of measures suitable as potential breeding traits regarding dairy cows' reactivity towards humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Ebinghaus, A., Ivemeyer, S., Rupp, J., Knierim, U.

    Behavioural indicators of the human-animal relationship (HAR) are predominantly used in animal welfare science. However, the reactivity of dairy cows - as part of the HAR - is also of interest in the context of dairy breeding, due to its estimated moderate heritability. The avoidance distance...

  17. Influences on the avoidance and approach behaviour of dairy goats towards an unfamiliar human - an on-farm study

    | Contributor(s):: Mersmann, D., Schmied-Wagner, C., Nordmann, E., Graml, C., Waiblinger, S.

    The human-animal relationship (HAR) is an important factor for successful animal husbandry and animal welfare. Thus, the HAR is included in on-farm assessments to evaluate overall welfare. For dairy goats, validated tests to assess the HAR are lacking. The aim of the present study was to evaluate...

  18. Hounds and homesickness: the effects of an animal-assisted therapeutic intervention for first-year university students

    | Contributor(s):: Binfet, J. T., Passmore, H. A.

    Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a for midable challenge for many first-year students, with many experiencing home sickness. Given that students who experience homesickness are more likely than their non-homesick cohorts to drop out of university, universities have a...

  19. Feasibility of Canine Therapy Among Hospitalized Pre-Heart Transplant Patients

    | Contributor(s):: Snipelisky, D., Duello, K., Gallup, S., Myrick, J., Taylor, V., Yip, D., Dawson, N., Walters, R., Burton, M. C.

  20. Too many hogs? A review of methods to mitigate impact by wild boar and feral hogs

    | Contributor(s):: Massei, G., Roy, S., Bunting, R.