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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:
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)

Honors and Awards:

2014 Distinguished Teaching Award-College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, NMSU


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