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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2008-07-03 19:56:08 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: What would you study?

--- In, Bonnie <dearevolution@...> wrote:

Originally I was a lab assistant there during my undergrad experience,
> and worked with a Professor doing research on the reproductive
cycles on
> rats.

Given your background you may wish to look into the work that is
being done on Black Footed Ferrets and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Jo Gayle Howard was the veterinary reproductive enodocrinologist
who did the artificial insemination on everybody's favourite webcam
fuzzy 'Georgia.'

> Anyway, I am not sure what they have facilities for... but I just
was dying
> to ask, if you all could conduct research with ferrets in mind,
what would
> be the main focus of your research? What do you consider as
meaningful to
> the future of ferrets? What would you consider feasible? What would
> consider completely way out of left field?

I am a researcher myself but in the field of human epidemiology and
psychosocial oncology. If I could, I would study domestic ferret
behaviour and human interaction. Or, how does owning a ferret differ
from having other animal companions in terms of affect and
diminishing stress levels in the human? Or do ferrets grieve and how
does that effect their physical health? Or... I could go on forever
with numerous ideas. There is a lot of anectdotal evidence but no
hard science I am aware of conducted in the area of domestic ferret
behaviour with humans.

In terms of 'way out of left field' I would like to see studies on
the effects of homeopathic remedies and other alternative treatments
on the health of ferrets.

Best wishes on a productive research career!



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