Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Veterinary Clinical Science

First Advisor

Niwako Ogata

Committee Member 1

Christina R. Wilson

Committee Member 2

Hsin-Yi Weng


The aims of this study were: (1) to explore the environmental factors and behaviors associated with the owners’ perception of separation anxiety based on the questionnaires completed by the owners along with video recordings of their dogs during the owners’ absence, and (2) to determine whether clotting conditions and hemolysis status affect canine serum BDNF levels. This study has two parts based on the two aims.