Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Huston, Carla

Committee Member

Elchos, Brigid

Committee Member

Jack, Sherman

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Veterinary Medical Science

Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


College of Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Medical Science Program


The purpose of this study was to determine if the animal bite prevention and zoonotic disease program in Pet Awareness With Students (P.A.W.S.) is an effective educational program for younger elementary children. An educational program was delivered and student learning was determined through a pretest and post-test. This program utilized the Classroom Performance System (CPS) to collect responses from first grade students. Responses were collected and compared to the second grade participants who used paper methodology. It was determined that these age groups had little knowledge of animal bites and zoonotic disease. Gender was not related to either pretest or post-test scores. The effect of bite history or having pets at home was also examined. It was determined via test scores that first and second graders have the capacity to learn the information provided. Stakeholder evaluation was positive and provided further impetus for future studies.