Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"“Shelter Animal Medicine: An Evaluation Study"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
education, veterinary medicine
Project Description:
Animal welfare and the human-animal bond are of increasing societal concern, though research indicates that veterinary school curricula's engagement with these issues is often minimal (Rowan, 2008). Education in shelter-based animal medicine is one critical aspect of animal welfare, though the impact of curricula on veterinary students' knowledge, beliefs and attitudes is not well-researched (Lord, Walker, Croney and Golab, 2010 ). Through a pre/post qualitative research design, this study will examine the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of veterinary students towards animal welfare and the human-animal bond at the beginning and conclusion of a fall 2012 course,VCS 89300, Shelter Animal Medicine. References Lord, L., Walker, J., Croney, C. and Golab, G. (2010). A comparison of veterinary students enrolled and not-enrolled in an animal welfare course. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 37(1), 40-48. Rowan, A. (2008). The human-animal bond in academic veterinary medicine. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 35(4), 477-482.
Expected Student Contributions:
data collection was completed in fall 2012. the intern will be involved in data analysis during spring 2013 (after appropriate CITI certification is completed). The intern will have the opportunity to be a co-author on an article that will be submitted to the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
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Desired Qualifications:
will need to be Citi certified to work on project. Interest in qualitative data analysis, and some interest in animal welfare and the human-animal bond. strong writing skills necessary.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Dolby, Nadine
curriculum and instruction

Student Supervisor

Nadine Dolby

Cooperating Faculty

Annette Litster
College of Veterinary Medicine