Modules in Anthrozoology

IAHAIO is delighted to have teamed up with the Open University of the Netherlands to offer ‘Modules in Anthrozoology’, an education initiative launched in 2016.

The modules offer a series of short, theme-based learning blocks for professionals that are already working with animals, and for anyone who is new to the fascinating field of Human Animal Interactions. Each module covers a salient theme in practice and research on human-animal interactions.

If you are new to Anthrozoology, or you need to complement your understanding and abilities in this field, these modules are suited for you. You will get a good grounding in key topics that are taught at an academic level.

A module will require approximately 16 hours to complete. You can start a module at any time and study at your own pace (with a maximum of 12 months per module). A certificate is issued on successful completion of a module, which includes a tutor-marked assignment.

The price per module is $ 99 or € 92.

There are currently 4 modules available:

  • Introduction to Anthrozoology
  • Anthrozoology in Practice
  • Animal assisted Education
  • Ethology

For further information, to register and pay for the course, please visit Modules in Anthrozoology.


We suggest that anyone wanting to establish a career in AAI has a strong foundation in disciplines such as (but not limited to): animal welfare, animal behaviour, veterinary science, health care (physical and psychological) and social care,and then goes on to continuing, specialist education in AAI.

There are many training courses available in AAI, and it’s very important to consider the quality and credibility of these courses, and to consult with the experts who are delivering AAI, to broaden and strengthen your existing skill-set.

Human and animal health, safety, welfare and well-being are crucial in any AAI programme and should be prioritised by those practising in the field. Ongoing support and supervision for AAI practitioners is also essential. The IAHAIO White Paper is a useful document.

IAHAIO does list training courses from time to time (see below) but this does not imply endorsement of these courses.  We suggest that you contact the International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy (ISAAT) or the European Society for Animal Assisted Therapy (ESAAT) in the first instance. ISAAT provides a list of members who offer training courses that meet their high standards and are accredited by them. Both organisations also offer guidelines on standards for training courses which is useful when considering training programmes in your area.

MOOC ‘Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface’

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is open and free to follow for everyone with an interest in Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface. This MOOC is proposed in English with subtitles in English, French and Chinese. More specifically, it is particularly relevant for Masters and PhD students, researchers and health professionals from the human, animal and environmental sector. This MOOC is based on the One Health approach and it brings together a large diversity of experts from different backgrounds.


This course features an excellent video-lecture by IAHAIO Past President, PD. Dr. sc. Dennis Turner of the Institute for applied Ethology and Animal Psychology on ‘Companion Animal Ownership Benefits for Human and Animal Health’.

Besides the excellent video-lecture by Dennis Turner, the course includes other video-lectures that may be of interest to IAHAIO community, such as early-life interactions with animals and prevention of paediatric allergy etc.

For further details on the course and how to enrol, please click here.

Click here for a teaser, outlining this learning experience in global health.


Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Program

Enrol now for September 2018 start!

This innovative program is run by the Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver.

It is designed for mental health professionals (such as counsellors, clinical psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners) who want to include horses in treatment in a science-based, ethical, and effective manner.

The 10-month certificate program is internationally accessible and open to graduate students in mental health-related masters or doctoral programs at any college or university.

Learn in an engaging, high-quality professional environment through the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver alongside full time work or studies in a program accessible from where you live.

The program’s focus on ethical and effective services means that therapists learn how to integrate equine-assisted therapy into their own theoretical framework, whether they focus on areas and treatment approaches such as trauma, attachment, DBT, interpersonal neurobiology, CBT, social skills, emotionally-focused therapy, or specific populations.

Program highlights:

▪️Comprehensive education, training, and supervision with a focus on scientific understanding of human-horse interactions

▪️Hands-on practice and feedback

▪️Distance learning paired with on-site workshops and supervised client work

▪️Award-winning learning platform

▪️One-to-one supervision and advising

▪️Design, facilitate, and optimize services for clients that compliment the professional theoretical orientation and interests you have

▪️Emphasis on science-based understanding of equine behavior, welfare and training (equitation science)

▪️Content meets the competencies set forth by the ACA for AAT-C ▪️Education and hours count toward eligibility for independent, national board certification by the Certification Board of Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP)

▪️Continuing education units (CEUs) verified on University of Denver transcript

For further information and to enrol, click here.