Introduction to Anthrozoology

Introduction to Anthrozoology is the first of the modules in Anthrozoology that the Open University of the Netherlands and IAHAIO offer.

The modules are 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.

Study goals

In this module, Introduction to Anthrozoology, you will learn about:

  • the origins of Anthrozoology as a professional practice and as an academic discipline
  • the (scientific) rationale for animal assisted interventions
  • the organization of the professional and academic field, worldwide
  • terms and definitions
  • important issues in working with animals as a professional
  • important issues in studying human-animal interactions.

Study Load

The module Introduction to Anthrozoology requires approximately 16 hours of study; including reading, answering questions, and writing an assignment. You can study in your own pace, but with a maximum of 12 months per module. After this period, your registration will expire.


On successful completion of the study tasks and the assignment you will receive a certificate by The Open University of the Netherlands and IAHAIO. This certificate will list your name, the name of the module, the themes you covered, and the minimum time investment required to complete the module.

Please note that only the assignment will be graded by a professor. For the study tasks you will receive model answers. You will receive this automated feedback upon e-mailing your own work to the e-mail address provided in the module.


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