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Completed Master's Theses at the Messerli Research Institute


November 23rd, 2020

Animals and the Harm of Moral Thwarting: Assessing the Impact of Scientific Research on Moral Subjects

November 20th, 2020

Tactile and auditory human-cattle interactions: Effects on behavioural reactions towards humans and during isolation

Oktober 22nd, 2020

Two Farm Animal Sanctuary Models and Their Potential to Provide Justice to Domestic Animals in Past, Present, and Future

September 30th, 2020

Social bonds in pigs

September 1st, 2020

Cooperative behaviour in naked mole-rats (Heterocephalus glaber)

August 20th, 2020

The efftects of intranasal oxytocin on dog-owner social interactions: behavioural synchrony and joint attention

July 3rd, 2020

Measuring Equine Locomotion in Personality tests: Validation of the Equisense Motion Sensor

July 1st, 2020

Exploring the Potential of Clinical Ethics Support Services for a Small Animal Hospital

June 26th, 2020

Cooperation in free-ranging Kune Kune pigs (Susscrofadomesticus)?

June 5th, 2020

The effects of mother-bonded rearing in dairy farming on animals’ social traits

Mai 14th, 2020

On Justified and Unjustified Analogies in Animal Ethics

April 22nd, 2020

“Do I know you?” Categorising individuals on the basis of familiarity in Kea (Nestor notabilis)

April 21st, 2020

Is the Training and Use of Working Dogs a Morally Problematic Type of Instrumentalisation?

Februar 4th, 2020

Comparing allergenic pollen exposure on horse grounds and the urban human environment.

Januar 21st, 2020

Habituation to enrichment items in Kea(Nestor notabilis)


November 29th, 2019

Investigsations regarding the persecution of raptors in Austria

November 27th, 2019 

Examining the stress response of horses during equine assisted therapy and subsequent regeneration

November 12th, 2019

Quantity Discrimination in Kea (Nestor notabilis)

September 30th, 2019

Overimitation in dogs – dogs do copy irrelevant actions, but only of their owner

September 24th, 2019

An ethical examination of the inconsistencies of the human-pet relationship

August 20th, 2019

Characteristics and welfare of longterm shelter dogs

June 21st, 2019

Quality of life assessment of blind people with and without a guide dog

July 31st, 2019

The effects of injection of clove oil or isoeugenol on the behavior of goat kids

May 14th, 2019

Midsession Reversal Learning in Kea (Nestor notabilis)


December 21th, 2018

Validation of the PetPaceTM collar as a method to measure heart rate in dogs during eye tracking studies

November 29th, 2018

Management practices in Lamas and alpacas and associations with caretakers' attitudes and animal behaviour

November 13th, 2018

Do owners and only owners serve as a secure base to their dogs in a problem-solving task?

November 8th, 2018

Temporal stability of intraspecific relationships in pet dogs

October 24th, 2018

African Grey parrots do ot show spontaneous relational matching

September 26th, 2018

Influence of owner and household characteristics on provision of toys and activities to cats

April 4th, 2018

The effects of play behaviour, feeding and time of day on salivary lgA levels in calves

March 15th, 2018

Electromyographic activity of the equine longissimus dorsi muscle during induced back movements at stance

March 9th, 2018

Behavioural responses of heifers towards stroking of the ventral neck or of different head-neck regions

Februar 22nd, 2018

The influence of the milker's behaviour on social behaviour of dairy cows


November 17th, 2017

Effect of owners presence on object-manipulation in former shelter and family dogs: a sign of different attachment?

September 5th, 2017

Effects of acute stress on the reliability of skin prick testing and mediator release: clinical study in healthy and allergic volunteers using the Trier social stress test

April 26th, 2017

Husbandry and welfare of pet ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) and owners' attitudes: a questionnaire survey


April 25th, 2016

Morphological investigations on prehistoric and historic pig remains from Austrian archaelogical sites

November 8th, 2016

Apples and oranges: achieving comparability between non-invasive strain and the needle criterion in animal experimental procedures of Directive 2010/63/EU

August 3rd, 2016

The effect of milk allowance on solid feed intake, growth and behaviour of Holstein dairy calves.

June 20th, 2016

Long-term consistency in the behavior of pet dogs: Test-retest reliability of a personality test battery.

June 28th, 2016

Talking about animal on its own terms: A critique of languages as a defining momentum in understanding animal' states.

May 12th, 2016

Do domestic dogs show visual preferences for particular species and breeds in a free choice test? A touchscreen study. 

February 1st, 2016

Empathic-like responding in dogs (Canis familiaris) to emotional sounds of humans and


September 10th, 2015

Demethylation of equine sperm DNA during cryopreservation

August 15th, 2015

Clinical Studies in Veterinary Oncology at the Borderline between Preclinics and Clinical Trials: Critical Evaluation of Challenges and Opportunities

July 20th, 2015

Objectification and anthropomorphism:
How advertisement contributes to instrumentalisation

March 20th, 2015

Generation and characterization of a recombinant, soluble form of feline FcεRIα for chip diagnosis of cat allergy


October 30th, 2014

Testing the Generativity Theory in Kea (Nestor notabilis)

November 6th, 2014

On the human side of animal experiments. Preliminary research into a novel topic in the field of human-animal relationships