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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. Behavioural and physiological reactions of goats confronted with an unfamiliar group either when alone or with two peers

    Contributor(s):: Patt, A., Gygax, L., Wechsler, B., Hillmann, E., Palme, R., Keil, N. M.

  11. Benefits of pair housing are consistent across a diverse population of rhesus macaques. (Special Issue: The welfare of laboratory primates.)

    Contributor(s):: Baker, K. C., Bloomsmith, M. A., Oettinger, B., Neu, K., Griffis, C., Schoof, V., Maloney, M.

  12. Predictive validity of a method for evaluating temperament in young guide and service dogs

    Contributor(s):: Duffy, D. L., Serpell, J. A.

  13. Simulations of the social organization of large schools of fish whose perception is obstructed

    Contributor(s):: Kunz, H., Hemelrijk, C. K.

  14. Degree of social isolation affects behavioural and vocal response patterns in dwarf goats ( Capra hircus )

    Contributor(s):: Siebert, K., Langbein, J., Schon, P. C., Tuchscherer, A., Puppe, B.

    Separation from the group presents a serious challenge for social animals. This stressful and disagreeable situation can impair animal welfare and may have an undesirable impact on experimental data in scientific studies. In the present study, we observed whether different degrees of social...

  15. 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...

  16. Housing conditions and breed are associated with emotionality and cognitive abilities in riding school horses

    Contributor(s):: Lesimple, C., Fureix, C., LeScolan, N., Richard-Yris, M. A., Hausberger, M.

    Horses' emotional reactivity is of a major importance in riding schools where a variety of more or less experienced riders are present. Horses' learning abilities may also be important for work. Previous studies have shown that different intrinsic or extrinsic factors, such as breed, housing...

  17. Separation distress in artificially-reared lambs depends on human presence and the number of conspecifics

    Contributor(s):: Rault, J. L., Boissy, A., Boivin, X.

    The way animals perceive partners, including humans, is yet relatively unknown. Research has shown that humans can provide social support or act as social substitute for domestic animals. Nonetheless, studies investigating the perception of humans by domestic animals in their social environment,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...