Crane Seminar - Lecturers

Last changed: 21 March 2018

Lecturers of the Crane Seminar 2018 is  Marie-Jose Enders-Sledgers, The Netherlands, Aubrey Fine, USA, Ng Zenithson, USA and Jean–Loup Rault, Austria.

Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers is Professor in Anthrozoology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Open University in the Netherlands. Research areas are gerontology, developmental psychopathology and autism. Her research is focused on the development of human animal relations, the meaning of human-animal interactions for vulnerable people and on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. One recent research area is on persons with dementia and companion animals in nursing homes where she is involved in ongoing projects in Norway. She is the president of IAHAIO (International Association of Human – Animal Interactions Organizations), a board member of IZAZ (International Society of Anthrozoology) and board member of Green Chimneys, NY.

Dr. Aubrey Fine is a native of Montreal, Canada. He received his graduate degree from University of Cincinnati in 1982. Dr. Fine has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University 1981. His leadership among faculty and teaching excellence earned him the prestigious Wang Award in 2001, given to a distinguished professor within the California State University system (23 Universities), in this instance for exceptional commitment, dedication, and exemplary contributions within the areas of education and applied sciences. Dr. Fine is also a licensed psychologist. Aubrey has been recognized by numerous organizations for his exemplary service and dedication to children, animals and the community. In July of 2016 he received the William McCulloch Award for Excellence in HAI Education and Practice from the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations, in Paris France. Additionally, he was awarded the Educator of the Year in 1990, from the Learning Disability Association of CA as well as receiving the 2006 CA Poly Faculty Award for Community Engagement. Dr. Fine is the author of several books including the Our Faithful Companions, Parent Child Dance, Therapist's Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders, Fathers and Sons, The Total Sports Experience for Children, Give a Dog Your Heart, The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy and Afternoons with Puppy (now in its second edition-2016). The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapyis now in it's forth edition (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015—5th edition is expected to be published in July 2019). His research pertains to the human animal bond, the efficacy of AAI and children, social skills training and children with ADHD, and parent – child relationships. Finally, Dr. Fine is the chair of the Human Animal Bond Advisor Committee of Pet Partners as well as the chair of the steering committee on Human Animal Interactions for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Ng Zenithson is DVM, MS Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, USA. He has been studying the welfare aspects on dogs involved in Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) and is advocating for the safety and welfare of the animal. He is one of the authors of the chapter "Our ethical and moral responsibility" in "The handbook of Animal Assisted Therapy". His interests span all aspects of the human-animal bond including AAI, veterinary-client communications, euthanasia, and grief counseling. He is also involved in research on the effect of AAI on physiologic and behavioral indicators of animal stress, which may influence the way in which animals are used in these activities. Handler education in animal welfare is another closely related area of interest.

Jean–Loup Rault Professor and the head of the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. Prof. Rault's main research interest lies in the benefits of positive social behaviour (prosocial behaviour) such as social support and the role of the hormone oxytocin, using a multi-disciplinary approach with animal behaviour, physiology and neuroscience. He has also worked on novel methods of euthanasia and the welfare implications of free-range farming systems for poultry. Welfare aspects while comparing Robotic pets, Virtual Reality and real pets interacting with humans are other areas that has been covered in his research.

Henrik Lerner, Senior lecturer at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Sweden. His research has investigated the relationship between humans and animals, as well as the concept formation in veterinary and human medicine. In particular, the concepts of health, well-being and welfare have been studied. Nowadays, Dr Lerner’s focus is on the existing explanatory models on the relationship between horse and man, and the significance of these for horse-assisted therapy. Dr Lerner is also doing research on the philosophy of the "One Health" movement, an initiative that is working to unify veterinary medicine, human medicine and biology in respect to health.

Lena Lidfors is Professor of Ethology at the Department of Animal Environment and Health at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She is Vice Dean for Post-Graduate Education and Equal Opportunities at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences and Program Head for SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health. She has supervised one PhD student and several MSc and BSc student conducting research within the AAI area. She was course leader for a MSc course on Anthrozoology for 8 years and has published a book chapter and a paper on Anthrozoology. She has organized the first Swedish national conference in Green Care and is coordinator of the Nordic network in Green Care.

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