Nienke Endenburg

Nienke Endenburg
Utrecht University | UU · Department of Animals in Science and Society (DASS)

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September 1999 - present
Utrecht University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 1991 - September 1999
Utrecht University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 1987 - present
Utrecht University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (88)
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As part of a wider research on animal welfare, a global survey was developed to gain insight into the opinion of companion animal veterinarians about animal welfare education, namely to investigate i) their exposure to animal welfare teaching during their undergraduate education, ii) their access to continuing professional education on animal welfa...
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Due to its novelty and lack of empirical study it remains unclear if a service dog truly mitigates the burden of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. To cross sectionally investigate the effect of service dogs on veterans and first aid responders with PTSD, we studied subjective and physiological parameters in 65 individuals divided over...
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Service dogs are trained to assist humans. This assistance potentially exposes them to stressors To investigate if service dogs are exposed to more stressors than companion dogs we questioned whether hair cortisol levels differed between both groups. We studied this by cutting a tuft of hair from the neck of 19 companion and 11 service dogs. Cortis...
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Fear and anxiety disorders are prevalent in dogs. Current interventions do not resolve adequately this common behavioural problem. This urges exploration of additional, effective interventions for fear and anxiety disorders in dogs. In humans, fear and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are effectively treated by Eye M...
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Only a few studies have investigated the welfare of animals participating in animal-assisted interventions (AAIs). Most of these studies focus on dogs in therapeutic settings. There are, however, also dogs—service dogs—that are employed to continuously support a single human. Because the welfare of these service dogs is important for the sustainabi...
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Overweight/obese dogs are at increased risk of health issues and it is up to the dog owner to uphold successful weight management. In children, overweight relates to their parent’s permissive style of parenting. We predicted that permissive dog-directed parenting likewise associates with a dog being overweight (including obesity). If styles in pare...
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Met het oog op dierenwelzijn is het belangrijk dat de puppy's die in Nederland worden gehouden gezond en goed gesocialiseerd zijn. Maar ook voor de omgeving van de honden is dat belangrijk. Sommige ziekten die voorkomen bij honden zijn overdraagbaar op andere dieren en een aantal ziekten ook op mensen. Daarnaast kunnen honden door een gebrekkige so...
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The Monash Dog–Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS) is a questionnaire that is used to evaluate the perceived relationship between humans and their dog. This questionnaire was originally only formulated and validated in English, which limits its use among non-English speaking individuals. Although a translation could be made, the translation of questio...
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Veterinarians are considered by society to be experts in animal health and the treatment and prevention of animal disease and are similarly regarded in matters of animal welfare. As such, veterinarians are expected to make judgements regarding the welfare of animals both in their care and beyond (Siegford, Cottee and Widowski, 2010). The World Orga...
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Veterinarians are considered by society to have expert knowledge and training in animal health and the treatment and prevention of animal disease and are similarly regarded in matters of animal welfare. As such, veterinarians are expected to make judgements regarding the welfare of animals both in their care and beyond (Siegford et al. 2010). The W...
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The therapeutic application of human–animal interaction has gained interest recently. One form this interest takes is the use of service dogs as complementary treatment for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many reports on the positive effect of PTSD Service Dogs (PSDs) on veterans exist, though most are indirect, anecdotal, or b...
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Background: This study investigated whether the body condition score (BCS) and/or culture influences the quality of life (QoL) of dogs, as evaluated by the owner, and whether the BCS is influenced by feeding and exercise and its owner's culture. To this end, a questionnaire was administered to 355 selected dog owners (Thai and Dutch). Their dogs h...
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This descriptive study was done to gain insight into the characteristics of animal abusers and animal abuse. On the basis of registrations by police, animal protection services, and the national reporting centre for animal welfare, 90 cases of animal abuse involving 97 offenders were analysed. Information about the offence and the offenders could b...
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People who are overweight or have obesity are estimated to comprise 30% of the global population and up to 59% of companion dogs and cats are estimated to be above their optimal body weight. The prevalence of human and companion obesity is increasing. The direct and indirect costs of obesity and associated comorbidities are significant for human an...
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Objective: To evaluate the impact of a virtual pet visit system ("TelePet" System, TPS) on owners and staff of a companion animal ICU. Design: Longitudinal interventional study (2010-2013). Setting: Companion animal ICU at a university veterinary medical teaching hospital. Study populations: Pet owners, ICU technicians. Interventions: The...
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The goals of the current studies were (1) to develop a new child-companion animal attachment scale; (2) to determine if children are more attached to dogs than to cats; (3) to examine sex and age differences in attachment to companion animals; and (4) to measure stability of children's attachment to their companion animals over time. Because the Co...
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Objectives: To compare the outcome of three different fixation methods and to determine prognostic factors in cats with diaphyseal femoral fractures. Methods: Retrospective analysis of case records of cats with diaphyseal femoral fractures surgically corrected using external fixators, bone plate or plate-rod construct. Outcome was evaluated by e...
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Dutch dog owners seem to be aware of bad dog breeding practices with regard to exaggerated breed characteristics that are detrimental to the dog's welfare. Yet they do not always look for these features when buying a dog. Most dog owners think that veterinarians could have an important role in preventing these exaggerated physical traits, by provid...
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There is a widespread belief that interaction with an animal is beneficial for the development of children, and several studies (most with methodological shortcomings) have investigated the influence of (companion) animals on the social-emotional and cognitive development of children. In this article, the 1984 model of Professor Jay Belsky has been...
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An enquiry into the requirement of a university veterinary behaviour clinic in The Netherlands revealed that there is a clear call for such a service. The specific demands and wishes of first line practicing veterinarians and companion animal owners were investigated. The research revealed that veterinarians are regular confronted with behaviour pr...
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Dutch society comprises a growing percentage of non-Western ethnic minority groups. Little is known about pet ownership among these groups. This study explores some aspects of pet ownership, and the position of veterinarians, among the four largest non-Western ethnic minority groups in the Netherlands. Information was gathered through street interv...
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What makes pet owners chose one veterinary practice and not another? This survey was performed to gain insight into what factors influence new clients' choice of veterinary practice, and consequently the most effective way to promote veterinary practices. To this end, a questionnaire was completed by 129 pet owners who became new clients of one of...
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The consequences of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 in The Netherlands can still be noticed in the daily work of the veterinarians involved. In particular, the number off arm animals has decreased, regulations have changed, and cattle farmers have become more confrontational. While the psychosocial consequences to veterinarians of th...
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The species of pets owned in the Netherlands are constantly changing, and it is important that veterinary practitioners have information about the number and species of pets presented in veterinary practice. Using the same methodology as in 1994, we determined the relative importance of the various pet species in 2005 and compared these data with t...
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De gevolgen van de mkz-crisis in 2001 blijven op een aantal punten merkbaar tijdens het dagelijkse werk van de betrokken dierenartsen. Dit betreft de afname van het aandeel landbouwhuisdieren, de veranderde regelgeving en de confrontaties met de mkz-crisis door veehouders. De psychosociale gevolgen bij de betrokken dierenartsen als gevolg van de mk...
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Non-payment of bills is a phenomenon that has grave economic consequences for all entrepreneurs, veterinary practitioners included. Little in depth research has been performed into the non-payment of veterinary bills. The aim of this study was to quantify the non-payment of bills in Dutch veterinary practices and to investigate the procedures imple...
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Aggressive clients seem to be becoming more common. This article describes a study in which questionnaires on client behaviour were sent to veterinary assistants and veterinarians in randomly selected practices in the Netherlands. Results showed that 26.4% of the veterinarians and 29.3% of the assistants had experienced aggressive clients in the la...
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The aim of this study was to study the organizational culture of ten Dutch veterinary practices. In each practice, two veterinary nurses, two associates and two partners filled out the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument for the current and preferred situation. Results showed that practice culture could be characterised best as the clan cu...
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Programs involving ‘Animal Assisted Interventions’ (AAI) have recently expanded. These programs implement initiatives involving ‘Animal Assisted Therapy’ in which there are goals and progress records kept, ‘Animal Assisted Activities’ in which there aren’t precisely defined goals or ‘Animal Assisted Learning’ programs in which teachers have goals f...
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This study evaluated the grief process of 58 horse owners who had had their horses euthanized. Owner-present euthanasia was performed in 83% (n=48) of cases, while in 36% of cases the horse was euthanized at the owner's home. The euthanasia was described by the respondents as peaceful in 84% of cases. Respondents appreciated both active support dir...
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In spite of the fact that horses were domesticated between 5000 and 3000 B.C., the relations between humans and horses constitutes a relatively unexplored area. This may be due to the fact that horses in middle class western society are seen as companion animals, of primarily social and recreational value. Horses, however, have historically enjoyed...
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Forty-four Dutch dog owners were interviewed by telephone about their experiences with their dog after it had had a limb amputated. Most of the dogs adapted to walking on three legs within a month, sooner than most of the owners had expected. There were few complications after the amputation, although changes in behaviour were observed in approxima...
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This study compares the radiographic and histological appearance of cemented and non-cemented massive cortical allografts in dogs that underwent a limb sparing procedure for osteosarcoma of the distal radius. Treatment consisted of removal of the affected bone and pancarpal arthrodesis using non-cemented (n = 13) or cemented (n = 47) fresh-frozen a...
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The percentage of feline, canine, avian and exotic animal consultations in 1994 was established by means of a survey among veterinary practitioners in the Netherlands. The results from the response to a questionnaire which was sent to companion animal practitioners were compared with those of an at random telephone survey and tested for reliability...
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The psychological and cardiovascular influence of a friendly, unfamiliar dog on a group of 17 male students was compared to a group of men (19) who did not have access to the dog, during a stressor. Blood pressure and heart rate were measured during 4 test conditions (rest, preparation, speech task, recovery). State-anxiety was measured before and...
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One hundred and twenty-two dog owners were interviewed to obtain information about the effects of orchiectomy on the behaviour, unwanted side effects, and testosterone-dependent disease processes in their dogs. Behavioural problems were the main reason for orchiectomy, unwanted sexual behaviour being the most common, together with roaming, aggressi...
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The aim of this investigation is to determine whether Dutch people would appreciate support, either from or via veterinarians following the death of a companion animal. In general, clients believe both local practitioners and specialists, even though they might not have seen the animal more than once, should offer some form of support. Being called...
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This article examines whether the human-companion animal relation, and in particular attachment, can be explained and understood with the help of attachment theory and the “internal working model.” The (perceived) social support and responsivity of the human-animal bond and how these relate to the attachment theory are also discussed. The research,...
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The goal of this investigation was to determine the extent to which owners of companion animals experienced problems with their animals, such as behaviour problems, and to discover their opinion about household problems such as the shedding of hairs and/or feathers. Furthermore, an attempt was made to discover the opinions of owners and non-owners...
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This paper considers the problem of pet overpopulation. It develops a tractable dynamic model whose positive predictions square well with key features of the current U.S. market for pets. The model is used to understand, from a welfare economic perspective, the sense in which there is "overpopulation" of pets and the underlying causes of the proble...
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This article deals with the ethical aspects of companion animal ownership. Research was done by means of interviews (n=40) and questionnaires (n=871). Respondents were randomly chosen from Dutch telephone directories. Euthanasia, docking tails, ear clipping and sterilisation are discussed on the basis of the opinions of respondents. Owners of compa...
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The aim of this investigation was to find out whether there are similarities or differences between the personality of the dog owner and the character of his of her dog. Ten owners of four different breeds of dog (40 owners in total) participated in this investigation. Some of the findings indicate resemblances in the character of the owners of cer...
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From a survey covering 338 employees in veterinary practices the profile of the veterinary technician/receptionist in the Netherlands is drawn. Demographic, motivational and financial features of this profile are discussed.
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Aan de hand van enquêtes onder gezelschapsdierenartsen en interviews met organisaties in de huisdierenbranche worden de regelingen die er op het moment zijn en de mogelijke oplossingsrichtingen voor de problematiek van de veterinaire zorg voor huisdieren van mensen met een bijstandsuitkering besproken. Op dit moment zijn er verschillende regelingen...

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To study the interaction between veterans with PTSD and PTSD service dogs