Becoming an Anthrozoologist Blog

Welcome to the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Student Blog! The goal of the ISAZ Student Blog is to encourage student networking and facilitate collaboration among researchers in anthrozoology.

The blog is edited by the ISAZ Student Chapter and all current student members of ISAZ are eligible to submit. Please see the Submissions Page for the submission guidelines.

Latest Posts

Furever Tattoos: An Expression of the Lasting Bonds We Form With Companion Animals

By: Kristine Hill This essay is dedicated to Sophie (2005-2020), pictured below. The experience of losing her and then having her image immortalized as a tattoo is a personal journey, but one that is intrinsically linked to my recently published study on tattoos dedicated to companion animals (Hill, 2020). Although each journey is unique, myContinue reading “Furever Tattoos: An Expression of the Lasting Bonds We Form With Companion Animals”

My Experience Conducting Elephant Research in Nepal

By: Michelle Szydlowski In the spring of 2019, I travelled to Nepal to conduct fieldwork on the complex relationships which impact captive elephant welfare in Sauraha, a small village in southern Nepal. My work focused on finding a common language of welfare and conservation in the hopes of improving living situations for elephants, mahouts (the elephantContinue reading “My Experience Conducting Elephant Research in Nepal”

Equine Assisted Mental Health From a Communication Perspective

By: Leanne Nieforth, Ph.D. Student of Human-Animal Interaction Our qualitative study uses patient-centered communication and client-centered therapy to examine practitioner perspectives on equine behavior in an equine assisted mental health (EAMH) context to facilitate client congruence, provide comfort through physical closeness and touch, and provide feedback for clients to engage in emotion regulation. Equine assisted mental health (EAMH) orContinue reading “Equine Assisted Mental Health From a Communication Perspective”

“Meet the Anthrozoologist” Interview with Dr. Maggie O’Haire

This week we had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Marguerite (Maggie) O’Haire, an associate professor at Purdue University. Dr. O’Haire leads The Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (OHAIRE) lab at Purdue Univerisity in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Find out more about her research on her lab’s Twitter and Facebook pages. How didContinue reading ““Meet the Anthrozoologist” Interview with Dr. Maggie O’Haire”


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