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  1. Current opinion on maximizing veterinary profession growth and contributions

    Contributor(s):: Nimmanapalli, R., Donapaty, S. R.

    Veterinary profession sphere overlaps three major biology arenas namely agriculture, basic sciences, and human medicine. Thus, so far the investments in veterinary field are not proportional to the scope of their responsibilities. Rededication and rejuvenation can help veterinary profession to...

  2. An investigation of the Rusbult Investment Model of commitment in relationships with pets

    Contributor(s):: Baker, Z. G., Petit, W. E., Brown, C. M.

    The present research examines relationships between people and their pets through the lens of the Rusbult Investment Model. The Rusbult Investment Model identifies important antecedents to commitment in a relationship: satisfaction with the relationship, quality of alternatives to the...

  3. Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library

    Contributor(s):: Lannon, Amber, Pamela Harrison

    Therapy dogs are trained and socialized to provide comfort to individuals who are ill or experiencing stress. The following article explores therapy dog outreach programs in academic libraries by describing a successful venture at McGill University Library. Background, planning advice, assessment...

  4. Wonder dog

    Contributor(s):: Bates, Stephen

  5. Introduction to animal- and nature-assisted therapies: a service-learning model for rural social work

    Contributor(s):: Praglin, L. J., Nebbe, L. L.

    This teaching note details the teaching philosophy and practices of an innovative university service-learning course in nature- and animal-assisted therapies. The course took place at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and students engaged as counselors, putting academic theories into action by...

  6. Sociality motivation and anthropomorphic thinking about pets

    Contributor(s):: Paul, E. S., Moore, A., McAinsh, P., Symonds, E., McCune, S., Bradshaw, J. W. S.

    Sociality motivation, the need to feel socially connected with others, has been proposed as an important determinant of individual variation in anthropomorphic thinking. Specifically, it has been suggested that people who are socially isolated or disconnected will tend to infer more human-like...

  7. The prevalence and implications of human-animal co-sleeping in an Australian sample

    Contributor(s):: Smith, B., Thompson, K., Clarkson, L., Dawson, D.

    Sleep research is characterized by an interest in humans, with the realm of animal sleep left largely to ethologists and animal scientists. However, the lives of sleep-study participants and those with sleep problems frequently involve animals. For the majority of the population in developed...

  8. Social dimensions of the human-avian bond: parrots and their persons

    Contributor(s):: Anderson, P. K.

    Though birds are among the most popular companion animals in the United States, little scholarly research has focused on the human- companion parrot relationship. This study uses an ethnographic approach and qualitative analysis to examine the parrot-pet owner relationship. Two and one half weeks...

  9. A survey of veterinarians in the US: euthanasia and other end-of-life issues

    Contributor(s):: Dickinson, G. E., Roof, P. D., Roof, K. W.

    A stressful aspect of veterinary medicine is the euthanasia of animals, especially companion animals. The veterinarian must relate to both the suffering animal and the grieving client. An objective of this project was to assess veterinarians' need for training on how to help themselves and their...

  10. Effects of the introduction of single heifers or pairs of heifers into dairy-cow herds on the temporal and spatial associations of heifers and cows

    Contributor(s):: Neisen, G., Wechsler, B., Gygax, L.

    Investigations into the process of introducing heifers into dairy-cow herds may alleviate animal-welfare problems arising during social integration. The present study monitored the introduction of a single heifer and a pair of heifers known to each other on each of six dairy farms, and...

  11. Childhood cruelty to animals: do mothers' and fathers' reports agree?

    Contributor(s):: Xu, XiaoYan, Mellor, D., Wong, J.

    This study investigates, for the first time, the concordance between mothers' and fathers' reports of cruelty to animals by their child. Seven hundred parental dyads recruited through schools in Chengdu, China, completed the Chinese version of the Children's Attitudes and Behaviors towards...

  12. Pets, depression and long-term survival in community living patients following myocardial infarction

    Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H. S.

    Evidence supports the contribution of depression, anxiety, and poor social support to mortality of hospitalized myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The contribution of depression to survival is independent of disease severity. Pet ownership, a non-human form of social support, has also been...

  13. The effect of a real dog, toy dog and friendly person on insecurely attached children during a stressful task: an exploratory study

    Contributor(s):: Beetz, A., Kotrschal, K., Turner, D. C., Hediger, K., Uvnas-Moberg, K., Julius, H.

    The regulation of stress by an attachment figure is a key feature of attachment relationships. Previous research suggests that in some cases animal companionship may be regarded as an attachment relationship. This may be particularly important for persons with an insecure or disorganized...

  14. Reaction of the veterinarian and the animal behaviour therapist confronted with a potentially problematic family situation of a client

    Contributor(s):: Meester, R. de, Hoey, K. van

    The relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence or child abuse is discussed. The legal framework in Belgium regarding the obligation to report intrafamilial violence and extrafamilial child abuse is outlined, as well as legal options for interaction when dogs are used to intimidate...

  15. Bond-centered veterinary practice: lessons for veterinary faculty and students

    Contributor(s):: Ormerod, E. J.

    We are currently experiencing a paradigm shift in attitudes to companion animals, in part due to our greater understanding of the health and social benefits associated with the human-animal bond (HAB). Recent demographic changes, including smaller family size, increased longevity, and a higher...

  16. Enhancing human-animal relationships through veterinary medical instruction in animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities

    Contributor(s):: Schaffer, C. B.

    Instruction in animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities (AAAs) teaches veterinary medical students to confidently and assertively maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of this union of animals and people. Instruction in AAT/AAA also addresses requirements by the...

  17. Survey of animal breeding in nursing homes for the aged

    Contributor(s):: Masu, H., Kumasaka, T.

    A questionnaire survey for animal breeding was conducted in 72 nursing homes for the aged in Japan [date not given]. Numerous institutions breed animals to improve the patients' quality of life. Many of the institutions that do not conduct such programmes cited reasons concerned with the burden...

  18. The costs and benefits of bGH will be distributed fairly; The costs and benefits of bGH may not be distributed fairly

    Contributor(s):: Tweeten, L., Comstock, G.

    The first paper finds that net benefits from bovine somatotropin (bST) or growth hormone (bGH) would be distributed more equitably in relation to consumers' income than are all farm and food technologies or national income in the USA. Distribution of impacts among regions and farm sizes are also...

  19. An examination of the potential role of pet ownership, human social support and pet attachment in the psychological health of individuals living alone

    Contributor(s):: Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M., Pychyl, T. A.

    While researchers have examined the relationship between pet ownership and psychological health among individuals in the general population, the few studies that have examined the possible psychological health benefits of pet ownership for individuals living alone have primarily been conducted...

  20. Investigating animal abuse: some theoretical and methodological issues

    Contributor(s):: Pagani, C., Robustelli, F., Ascione, F. R.

    This paper focuses on some basic issues that have been an object of debate in the last few years in the field of human-animal studies, namely the meaning and definition of animal abuse, the methods used to investigate it, and the relation between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. The...