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  1. Effects of environmental enrichment on decision-making behavior in pigs

    Contributor(s):: van der Staay, F. Josef, van Zutphen, Johanna A., de Ridder, Mirjam M., Nordquist, Rebecca E.

    The animal’s emotional state, potentially modulated by environmental conditions, may affect cognitive processes such as interpretation, judgement and decision making behaviour. The Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) is a common method to examine decision making behavior in humans in terms of risk avoidance...

  2. Factors determining the effects of human interaction on the cortisol levels of shelter dogs

    Contributor(s):: Willen, Regina M., Mutwill, Alexandra, MacDonald, Lauren J., Schiml, Patricia A., Hennessy, Michael B.

    The stress experienced by dogs admitted to animal shelters not only impacts welfare, but may lead to behavior that threatens successful adoptions. This stress is reflected in an elevation in the plasma cortisol levels of newly admitted dogs. We previously found 30min of human interaction reduced...

  3. 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...

  4. Practical veterinary forensics

    | Contributor(s):: Bailey, D.

    The book serves as a reference for the reader to appreciate the current workload of a forensic vet and to provide an insight into the scale and complexity of the specialism that is veterinary forensics. Topics discussed are: introduction to veterinary forensics; forensic philosophy; law and...

  5. Scarred for life: the other side of the fence debate

    | Contributor(s):: Jones, Paul F.

  6. Evaluation of rhodamine B as a biomarker for raccoons

    | Contributor(s):: Fry, T. L., Atwood, T., Dunbar, M. R.

  7. The relationship between individual behavioural styles, dominance rank and cortisol levels of cats living in urban social groups

    | Contributor(s):: Finkler, H., Terkel, J.

    Individual animals show differences in temperament, often correlated with ecologically important behavioural patterns such as dominance, and with physiological responses to environmental perturbations, such as cortisol levels. Identifying these temperaments in animals may reveal adaptive patterns...

  8. Hair plucking in captive bonobos ( Pan paniscus)

    | Contributor(s):: Brand, C. M., Marchant, L. F.

    Both wild and captive studies of grooming in non-human primates emphasize the adaptive role of this behavior. Indeed, social grooming is frequently characterized as "social glue" in the life of primates. Grooming behavior is studied to reveal dominance, kin relations, and social networks. Many...

  9. The effect of a feeding schedule change and the provision of forage material on hair eating in a group of captive baboons ( Papio hamadryas sp.)

    | Contributor(s):: Nevill, C. H., Lutz, C. K.

    Hair eating in nonhuman primates is thought to result from a frustrated appetitive drive produced by an inappropriate diet. To investigate whether hair eating could be reduced through changes in diet, a 2-part study was conducted with a group of baboons ( Papio hamadryas sp.). The 1st part...

  10. Party Animals: Thomas Nast, William Holbrook Beard, and the Bears of Wall Street

    | Contributor(s):: Burns, Sarah

  11. Dog characteristics and allergen levels in the home

    | Contributor(s):: Nicholas, Charlotte, Wegienka, Ganesa, Havstad, Suzanne, Zoratti, Edward, Ownby, Dennis, Johnson, Christine Cole

  12. Assessing the prevalence and characteristics of hair-plucking behaviour in captive western lowland gorillas ( Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

    | Contributor(s):: Less, E. H., Kuhar, C. W., Lukas, K. E.

  13. Veterinary medical ethics: an ethicist's commentary on housing for fur animals versus agricultural animals

    | Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.

  14. Organohalogenated contaminants (OHCs) in the serum and hair of pet cats and dogs: biosentinels of indoor pollution

    | Contributor(s):: Ali, N., Malik, R. N., Mehdi, T., Eqani, S. A., Javeed, A., Neels, H., Covaci, A.

  15. Individual differences in calf defence patterns in Red Angus beef cows

    | Contributor(s):: Florcke, C., Engle, T. E., Grandin, T., Deesing, M. J.

  16. Monitoring stress hormone metabolites as a useful, non-invasive tool for welfare assessment in farm animals

    | Contributor(s):: Palme, R.

  17. Using stable isotope analysis to quantify anthropogenic foraging in black bears

    | Contributor(s):: Merkle, J. A., Derbridge, J. J., Krausman, P. R.

  18. Isolation of Microsporum canis from the hair coat of pet dogs and cats belonging to owners diagnosed with M. canis tinea corporis

    | Contributor(s):: Cafarchia, C., Romito, D., Capelli, G., Guillot, J., Otranto, D.

    Microsporum canis has been frequently isolated from human cases of tinea capitis and tinea corporis. The infection may be acquired from infected animals with cutaneous lesions but also from asymptomatic carriers or from the environment. As asymptomatic M. canis carriers are considered to be a...

  19. A note on hair whorl position and cattle temperament in the auction ring

    | Contributor(s):: Lanier, J. L., Grandin, T., Green, R., Avery, D., McGee, K.

    The objective of this study was to further describe the relationships between facial hair whorls and temperament in cattle. Cattle (n=1636) from 6 commercial cattle auctions in Colorado and Texas, USA [date not given] were observed. Whorl location was classified according to lateral position...

  20. Feather damaging behaviour in parrots: a review with consideration of comparative aspects

    | Contributor(s):: Zeeland, Y. R. A. van, Spruit, B. M., Rodenburg, T. B., Riedstra, B., Hierden, Y. M. van, Buitenhuis, B., Korte, S. M., Lumeij, J. T.

    Feather damaging behaviour (also referred to as feather picking or feather plucking) is a behavioural disorder that is frequently encountered in captive parrots. This disorder has many characteristics that are similar to trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder in humans. Unfortunately, to...