Anthrozoology refers to human-animal studies and deals with interactions between human and other animals.
The main focus of the special chair of Anthrozoology at the Open University of the Netherlands lies on animal-assisted interventions within clinical psychology.
Our aim is to better understand the human-animal relationship and to investigate the potential of animal-assisted interventions. A central question is what we can learn from the human-animal relationship to better understand human functioning and to design effective interventions. This leads us in our research and teaching.
The chair contributes to education in the field of human-animal relationship and knowledge transfer.
See also our theme page (in Dutch): Het effect van een huisdier / the effect of pets.