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. Please note that the online platform for this course will change in September 2017 and we will advise on the new details in due course. Current participants will still have access to the existing platform.


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 not endorse any specific training 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.