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The potential influence of a companion-animal's presence on aspects of the therapeutic alliance
Contributor(s):: Goldmann, K. M., Hatfield, D. R., Terepka, A.
Seventy-one college students participated in an experiment exploring the impact of a companion-animal's presence (viz., a dog) on several aspects of the participants' experience during an interview. Specifically, the study examined how the presence of a companion animal impacts participants'...
Attitudes of veterinary students in Croatia toward farm animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Ostovic, M., Mesic, Z., Mikus, T., Matkovic, K., Pavicic, Z.
This survey was undertaken to assess the attitudes of Croatian veterinary students regarding farm animal welfare issues. The study included students of all undergraduate years at the only Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Croatia. First-year students were surveyed twice, ie before and after...
The Rights of Students in Courses Using Animals
Contributor(s):: Davis, Karen
Interactions with Horses is Associated with Higher Mindfulness and Heart Rate Variability and Lower Electrodermal Response in College Students
Contributor(s):: Sarah Mary Wach
A wealth of research has revealed psychological and physiological benefits of interactions with animals. As yet, research is limited to smaller animals such as dogs and cats and has not examined the benefits of human-horse interactions. The present study examined the effects of video-simulated...
Relevance, Rigor, and Relationships: Student Perceptions Following Participation in an Integrated Experiential Zoo-Based Academic High School Science Program
Contributor(s):: John W. Hill, Henry Doorly Zoo
The purpose of this survey study was to compare students’ measured Likert scale perceptions of posttest school climate survey, relevance, rigor, and relationships domain scores following 11th- and 12th-grade participation in either an integrated experiential zoo-based academic high school...
Study of the Effect of Dogs on College Students' Mood and Anxiety
Contributor(s):: Mariah J. Picard
The purpose of the present study was to determine whether first-year college students’ interaction with a dog would have a positive effect on their mood and anxiety. A sample of 35 first-year college students, aged 18-19 years, was partially randomly assigned to a condition for five minutes...
The Impact of Canine-Assisted Therapy and Activities on Children in an Educational Setting
Contributor(s):: Katie R. Beck
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities (AAA) are becoming more prevalent in educational settings. Research has shown that there are many benefits to having animals involved in therapy, specifically canines. Canine-assisted therapy/activities and the use of therapy dogs are...
Impact of Emotional Support Animals on Student Stress
Contributor(s):: Alexandra Kennedy
Stress is a growing problem in higher education. There are a variety of physiological and psychological effects of stress that negatively impact a range of body systems. Fortunately, different interventions are gaining popularity, including animal-assisted therapies (AAT). A range of case studies...
Childhood experiences with family pets and internalizing symptoms in early adulthood
Contributor(s):: Girardi, A., Pozzulo, J. D.
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether childhood experiences with family pets are associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety in early adulthood. Undergraduate students ( n=318) responded to an online survey that included questions about bonding with childhood pets, exposure...
Does physical contact with a dog or person affect performance of a working memory task?
Contributor(s):: Gee, N. R., Friedmann, E., Coglitore, V., Fisk, A., Stendahl, M.
Working memory (WM) plays a critical role in the execution of a wide variety of cognitive tasks and predicts academic success. This study was designed to compare the impact of the presence of a dog or a person, and physical contact with them, on the performance of a WM task. It also examined...
Undergraduate biology students' interpretations of the term "animal"
Contributor(s):: Bierema, A. M. K., Schwartz, R. S.
Multiple definitions of the term "animal" exist. Definitions include the scientific definition of kingdom Animalia, the human-centered definition that excludes humans, and other definitions, such as only vertebrates or even only mammals. Due to their education background and interests,...
Stakeholder views on treating pain due to dehorning dairy calves
Contributor(s):: Robbins, J. A., Weary, D. M., Schuppli, C. A., Keyserlingk, M. A. G. von
A common and painful management practice undertaken on most dairy farms is dehorning young calves (also called 'disbudding' when done on calves less than about two months of age). Despite much evidence the practice is painful, and effective means available to mitigate this pain, it is frequently...
Creating social connections in higher education: Insights from the Campus Canines Program at the University of Pittsburgh
Contributor(s):: Camaioni, Nicole
Seeing Eye puppies in residence: A unique approach to community service
Contributor(s):: Brelsford, George W.
Contributor(s):: Kelsey Rindfleisch, Amber Klootwyk, Julie Doyle
For some college students, one of the hardest parts of being away from home is being separated from their pets. Coming home after a long day of classes just isn’t the same without your best furry, scaly or feathered friend there to greet you at the door. According to the Department of...
Contributor(s):: Matt Wettengel, Tam Vo, Kait McKinney, Yue Wu
Pets are a staple of the American family, but their place in the lives of college students is a little hazy. Whether someone is walking a puppy down the street or someone is flaunting pictures of an adorable new chinchilla, pets are the ultimate source of entertainment. Aside from their...
Agriculture and food 2050: visions to promote transformation driven by science and society
Contributor(s):: Gebhard, E., Hagemann, N., Hensler, L., Schweizer, S., Wember, C.
Today's food production and consumption go hand in hand with immense damages to humans and nature. Change is needed, but where to start and which direction to go? This article tries to give an interdisciplinary answer by taking recourse to a vision, that is, an ideal image of the future which is...
An investigation of a brief life satisfaction scale with elementary school children
Contributor(s):: Seligson, Julie Lauren
Animals Connecting People to People: Insights into Animal-Assisted Therapy and Animal-Assisted Activities
Contributor(s):: Schaffer, Caroline B.
Contributor(s):: Taylor, Kelley R.