Welfare benefit from enrichment provision schemes in American mink (Neovison vison)

dc.contributor.advisorGeorgia, Mason
dc.contributor.authorDecker, Samuel
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-10T12:50:21Z
dc.date.available2019-09-10T12:50:21Z
dc.date.copyrightSep-19
dc.date.created2019-09-03
dc.date.issued2019-09-10
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Animal Biosciencesen_US
dc.degree.departmentCampbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfareen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeAnimal and Poultry Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractLittle is known about how animals obtain welfare benefit from environmental enrichment or how to best implement enrichment programs. This thesis aimed to fill these gaps by supplying mink with enrichment provision schemes that differed in their resource number, diversity, and novelty to evaluate the amount of resource use elicited from animals and the welfare benefit that animals subsequently received. Analysis revealed that mink altered resources use over five months, with active use decreasing and passive use increasing. Scheme effects on use were inconsistent, primarily due to unexpected item type effects, but did suggest that use can be increased above levels expressed under minimum enrichment recommendations. However, welfare indicator limitations prevented interpretation of the welfare benefit from schemes or resource use. These results support two considerations: 1) manipulable enrichments are not equivalent in the behavioural opportunity they provide and 2) passive use is a motivational outlet that warrants further study.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - HQP Scholarship
dc.description.sponsorshipJoint Mink Research Committee Research Grant
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/17406
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectwelfareen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental enrichmenten_US
dc.subjectminken_US
dc.subjectenrichment useen_US
dc.titleWelfare benefit from enrichment provision schemes in American mink (Neovison vison)en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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