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Research Guides@Tufts

Animals and Public Policy: Home

General resources for students in the MS-APP program.

MS APP Program

In the Master of Science in Animal and Public Policy program, students will

  • examine the changing roles of animals in society and the dynamic relationship between animals and people.
  • learn how to evaluate research and policy arguments.
  • polish communication skills needed to implement and advocate for effective policy.
  • pursue individual interests through electives, externships, and research projects.
  • choose between a “research track” and an “applied track.”

Review Articles

Kiros M, Andualem H, Kiros T, Hailemichael W, Getu S, Geteneh A, Alemu D, Abegaz WE. COVID-19 pandemic: current knowledge about the role of pets and other animals in disease transmission. Virol J. 2020 Oct 2;17(1):143. doi: 10.1186/s12985-020-01416-9. PMID: 33008410; PMCID: PMC7530550. LINK TO ARTICLE

Guthrie, M. F., Marshall, P. H., Hendrick, S. S., Hendrick, C., & Logue, E. (2018). Human Love Styles and Attitudes toward Pets. Anthrozoös, 31(1), 41–60. LINK TO ARTICLE


Petersen S, Houston S, Qin H, Tague C, Studley J. The Utilization of Robotic Pets in Dementia Care. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;55(2):569-574. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160703. PMID: 27716673; PMCID: PMC5181659. LINK TO ARTICLE


Wood L; Martin K; Christian H; Nathan A; Lauritsen C; Houghton S; Kawachi I; McCune S. The pet factor--companion animals as a conduit for getting to know people, friendship formation and social support. PLoS ONE. 10(4):e0122085, 2015.  LINK TO ARTICLE

Cherniack EP, Cherniack AR. The benefit of pets and animal-assisted therapy to the health of older individuals. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2014;2014:623203. doi: 10.1155/2014/623203. Epub 2014 Nov 16. PMID: 25477957; PMCID: PMC4248608. LINK TO ARTICLE


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