Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Stone, Amanda

Committee Member

Lemley, Caleb O.

Committee Member

Nadorff, Michael R.

Committee Member

Robertson, Mary Nelson

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Animal and Dairy Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences


Dairy producers play a central role in evaluating and seeking treatment or care for animal pain. The primary aim of this study is to examine dairy producers’ emotional states and professional quality of life and analyze the relationship between these variables and their perception of pain in dairy cattle. Dairy farm owners and managers of 65 southeastern U.S. herds participated in a survey that included demographic information, the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale, a modified Professional Quality of Life Scale, and 23 items requiring participants to evaluate various painful conditions in cattle.