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  1. Practicability of a Time-Limited Welfare Assessment Protocol for Pasture-Based Dairy Farms, and a Preliminary Assessment of Welfare Outcome Thresholds

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    | Contributor(s):: Sapkota, Sujan, Laven, Richard, Müller, Kristina Ruth, Kells, Nikki

    This study assessed a new time-limited protocol developed for pasture-based cows across 23 dairy farms. The process started prior to milking with a questionnaire, followed by an assessment of resources (16 farms only) and behavioural observation of cows at pasture. Remaining animal-based...

  2. Psychometric Evaluation of the Comfort from Companion Animals Scale in a Sexual and Gender Minority Sample

    | Contributor(s):: Tomlinson, Camie A., Pittman, Sarah K., Murphy, Jennifer L., Matijczak, Angela, McDonald, Shelby E.

  3. The Relation Between Pet Ownership, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life: Propensity Score Matched Analyses

    | Contributor(s):: Bolstad, Courtney J., Porter, Ben, Brown, Cynthia J., Kennedy, Richard E., Nadorff, Michael R.

  4. The Right Angle: Validating a standardised protocol for the use of infra-red thermography of eye temperature as a welfare indicator

    | Contributor(s):: Ijichi, C., Evans, L., Woods, H., Yarnell, K.

  5. The associations between animal-based welfare measures and the presence of indicators of food safety in finishing pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Alpigiani, I., Bacci, C., Keeling, L. J., Salman, M. D., Brindani, F., Pongolini, S., Hitchens, P. L., Bonardi, S.

  6. Comparison of animal welfare indices in dairy herds based on different sources of data

    | Contributor(s):: Otten, N. D., Rousing, T., Houe, H., Thomsen, P. T., Sorensen, J. T.

  7. Applying welfare science to bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

    | Contributor(s):: Clegg, I. L. K., Van Elk, C. E., Delfour, F.

  8. What can kinematics tell us about the affective states of animals?

    | Contributor(s):: Guesgen, M. J., Bench, C. J.

  9. Circus and zoo animal welfare in Sweden: an epidemiological analysis of data from regulatory inspections by the official competent authorities

    | Contributor(s):: Hitchens, P. L., Hultgren, J., Frossling, J., Emanuelson, U., Keeling, L. J.

  10. Attitude towards and Interest in Dog-Assisted Interventions of Students in Higher Education

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    | Contributor(s):: Cathrin Rothkopf, Theresa Stark, Silke Schworm

    The mental health of students is a critical issue facing institutions of higher education, as a majority of college and university students report suffering from stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can enhance the mental health. Consequently, animal-assisted...

  11. Subjective methods of quantifying temperament in heifers are indicative of physiological stress

    | Contributor(s):: Parham, Jamie T., Blevins, Sarah R., Tanner, Amy E., Wahlberg, Mark L., Swecker, William S., Lewis, Ronald M.

  12. Continuous and Real-Time In Vivo Autobioluminescent Imaging in a Mouse Model

    | Contributor(s):: Yip, D., Kirkpatrick, A., Xu, T., Masi, T., Stephenson, S., Ripp, S., Close, D.

  13. Small Flocks Show Higher Levels of Welfare in Mexican Semi-Intensive Sheep Farming Systems

    | Contributor(s):: Mondragón-Ancelmo, Jaime, Hernández, Patricia García, Rubio, Rolando Rojo, Vara, Ignacio Arturo Domínguez, Gigena, Marcia del Campo, Napolitano, Fabio

    In order to assess the level of sheep welfare in small traditional farms as compared with farms of increased size we evaluated several animal-based parameters and applied a modified Animal Needs Index (ANI) protocol in farms located in the North-East of the country. We selected ten sheep farms: 5...

  14. Pets and Loneliness: Examining the Efficacy of a Popular Measurement Instrument

    | Contributor(s):: Gilbey, Andrew, Tani, Kawtar

    The revised version of the UCLA-Loneliness Scale has been widely used to investigate the effect of pet ownership on human loneliness. This paper reports three tests of its efficacy for this purpose: 1) a qualitative evaluation of the 20 UCLA-LS items, which concluded that only 6/20 items were...

  15. Predicting sleep and lying time of calves with a support vector machine classifier using accelerometer data

    | Contributor(s):: Hokkanen, Ann-Helena, Hänninen, Laura, Tiusanen, Johannes, Pastell, Matti

    Sleep is essential to calves, but to date the only possibilities for measuring sleep in cattle production systems use ambulatory EEG or validated sleeping behavior assessments. We developed a small, neck-based, wireless accelerometer system for measuring the sleep and lying time of calves. We...

  16. Is laterality adaptive? Pitfalls in disentangling the laterality-performance relationship

    | Contributor(s):: Paszulewicz, J., Wolski, P., Gajdek, M.

  17. Comparing the predictive validity of behavioral codings and behavioral ratings in a working-dog breeding program

    | Contributor(s):: McGarrity, Monica E., Sinn, David L., Thomas, Scott G., Marti, C. Nathan, Gosling, Samuel D.

    Most working-dog breeding programs have a substantial interest in using behavioral assessments of their young dogs to predict their subsequent success. Different methods of measuring behavior may capture different aspects of behavior yet working-dog programs typically use only a single...

  18. Emotional support animal assessments: Toward a standard and comprehensive model for mental health professionals

    | Contributor(s):: Younggren, Jeffrey N., Boness, Cassandra L., Bryant, Leisl M., Koocher, Gerald P.

  19. Analysis of the electromiographic activity of lower limb and motor function in hippotherapy practitioners with cerebral palsy

    | Contributor(s):: Ribeiro, M. F., Espindula, A. P., Lage, J. B., Bevilacqua Junior, D. E., Diniz, L. H., Mello, E. C., Ferreira, A. A., Ferraz, M. L. F., Teixeira, V. P. A.

  20. Measuring Human-Animal Attachment in a Large U.S. Survey: Two Brief Measures for Children and Their Primary Caregivers

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    | Contributor(s):: Bures, R. M., Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R.