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Gaylene Fasenko

Title: Associate Professor, Companion Animals

Major Field of Interest: Companion Animals and Human-Animal Interactions (HAI)

E-mail address: gfasenko@nmsu.edu

Office phone: 575-646-3402


  • B.S., Animal Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1989
  • M.S., Animal Reproduction, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1992
  • Ph.D., Physiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1996

Courses Taught:

  • Animal Science 112 Companion Animals in Society (Fall Semester)
  • Animal Science 285 Companion Animal Management (Spring Semester)
  • Animal Science 311 Companion Animal Behavior and Training (Fall Semester)
  • Animal Science 312V Companion Animals and the Human-Animal Bond (Fall Semester) -*a Viewing a Wider World Course
  • Animal Science 390 Internship (Fall or Spring)
  • Animal Science 412 Companion Animal Health and Diseases (Spring Semester)
  • Animal Science 448 Problems (Fall or Spring)

Research Interests

  • Evaluating if breed characteristics and stereotypes influence peoples choice of dog as a companion animal.
  • Other interests include the physiological effects of the human-companion animal bond.
  • Physiological and psychological benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA)


  • Member of International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ)
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Journal Anthrozoos
  • Academic Advisor for NMSU Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
  • Academic Advisor for NMSU Aggie P.A.W. Club (Partners for Assistance Through Work) - a club for students interested in service animals