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  1. Long-term effects of straw blocks in pens with finishing pigs and the interaction with boar type

    Contributor(s):: Bulens, A., Beirendonck, S. van, Thielen, J. van, Buys, N., Driessen, B.

    This study verified the effect of straw blocks on the behavior and growth of finishing pigs and possible interactions with the genetic background (boar type). A total of 359 finishing pigs, which were offspring from different boar types, were housed in gender-mixed pens with slatted floors. Half...

  2. The effects of metabolic cage housing and sex on cognitive bias expression in rats

    Contributor(s):: Barker, T. H., Howarth, G. S., Whittaker, A. L.

    The use of metabolic cages is established housing protocol in small-animal, gastrointestinal research. Physiological data, as primarily observed through secretions of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis has shown that rodents housed in this manner experience an increased stress response. Few...

  3. Urban business attitudes regarding rodents, rodent control methods, and impact on wildlife

    Contributor(s):: Eva Arndt

    Birds of prey and carnivorous mammals feed on small birds, rodents and other small mammals. Humans perceive many of the prey animals of these predators as well as the predators themselves, as “pests”, and seek to control them. Control methods for these unwanted pests, particularly...

  4. An evaluation of two traps and sets for trapping the plains pocket gopher

    Contributor(s):: Vantassel, Stephen M., Tyre, Andrew J., Hygnstrom, Scott E.

  5. Efficacy of Ropel registered as a coyote repellent

    Contributor(s):: Miller, Elizabeth A., Young, Julie K., Stelting, Scott, Kimball, Bruce A.

  6. Rodent population management at Kansas City International Airport

    Contributor(s):: Witmer, G. W.

  7. A rat-resistant artificial nest box for cavity-nesting birds

    Contributor(s):: Pitt, W. C., Driscoll, L. C., VanderWerf, E. A.

  8. Managing Utah Prairie Dogs on Private Lands

    Contributor(s):: S. Nicole Frey

    The Utah prairie dog is found only in Southern Utah. While beneficial to ecosystem health, the Utah prairie dog has historically been in conflict with agriculture and other human activities. This fact sheet describes recent changes to laws regarding Utah prairie dogs and new conservation programs...

  9. Managing Rock Squirrels in Utah

    Contributor(s):: Nicki Frey

    Although they do not exist in large colonies like other ground squirrels, rock squirrels can still sometimes generate conflicts with homeowners and farmers alike. Most damage occurs when a few rock squirrels take residence in a homeowner’s back yard, and begin to forage on garden vegetables...

  10. Dreamcatcher Nature Assisted Therapy Ltd.

    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This is a website that links to an organization that practices Animal Assisted Therapy, Equine Facilitated Counselling and offers Certification and Trainings in Animal Assisted Therapy and Wellness. This organization is located in Alberta Canada.

  11. Animal Assisted Therapy

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This article provides information on animal assisted therapy and presents some research pertaining to its impact on people with multiple mental health issues and disabilities.

  12. Certification in Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Wellness

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This is a certification process in Alberta Canada that qualifies people to work with animals to help people in need.Certification is granted for two types of helping professionals as indicated below:Animal Assisted Therapist - Master’s level helping professionals. This includes mental...

  13. Exploring Animal-Assisted Interventions

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    What does it involve? Practical application of the distance education information provided in the courses in Animal Assisted Interventions.Taking part in activities and exercises with animals designed to help people with a variety of life issues. These activities will address the learning...

  14. Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This 2 day workshop is intended for people who are interested in learning more about how animals can help people and what is involved in partnering with animals to do so.  What Does it Involve?  1. Advanced learning is provided prior to attendance at the workshop to become informed...

  15. Dreamcatcher Brochure

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This is the brochure explaining the psychological services at Dreamcatcher Nature Assisted Therapy Ltd. which utilizes animal and nature assisted therapy as well as equine facilitated counselling to help people of all ages with a wide array of challenging life issues.

  16. Dreamcatcher Nature Assisted Therapy Ltd.

    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    We are committed to helping people find healing, balance, joy, hope and confidence through the immediate feedback that animals and nature provide. We are here to guide, teach, counsel and inspire.Dreamcatcher is a psychological practice which is located in Ardrossan, Alberta (just 30 minutes...

  17. Experimental control for the ovariectomized rat model: use of sham versus nonmanipulated animal

    Contributor(s):: Kruger, M. C., Morel, P. C. H.

    One of 2 models required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for registration of a treatment for osteoporosis, the ovariectomized (OVX) rat model, is widely used in scientific studies investigating sex hormone-deficient bone loss. The use of control nonhuman animals is critical because bone...

  18. Effects of stereotypic behaviour and chronic mild stress on judgement bias in laboratory mice

    Contributor(s):: Novak, J., Stojanovski, K., Melotti, L., Reichlin, T., Palme, R., Wurbel, H.

    Cognitive processes are influenced by underlying affective states, and tests of cognitive bias have recently been developed to assess the valence of affective states in animals. These tests are based on the fact that individuals in a negative affective state interpret ambiguous stimuli more...

  19. Association between personality and stereotypic behaviours in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys dilectus

    Contributor(s):: Joshi, S., Pillay, N.

    Stereotypic behaviours, which are abnormal, repetitive and invariant behaviours caused by frustration and/or central nervous system dysfunction, develop as a result of sub-optimal captive conditions that provide inadequate motor and sensory stimulation. However, not all individuals housed under...

  20. Individual hunting behaviour and prey specialisation in the house cat Felis catus: implications for conservation and management

    Contributor(s):: Dickman, C. R., Newsome, T. M.

    Predators are often classed as prey specialists if they eat a narrow range of prey types, or as generalists if they hunt multiple prey types. Yet, individual predators often exhibit sex, size, age or personality-related differences in their diets that may alter the impacts of predation on...