Crane Seminar - Lecturers

Last changed: 25 January 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 Faculcy of Psychology and Educational Scencies at the Open University of 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 president of IAHAIO (International Association of Human – Animal Interactions Organizations), a boardmember of IZAZ (International Society of Anthrozoology) and boardmember of Green Chimneys, NY.

Dr Aubrey Fine, California State Polytechnic University,USA, is a licenced psychologist and is teaching in the areas of education and applied sciences since early 1980ies. His clinical practice, in California, USA, specializes in treating children with ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders and parent child relations. He is the author of The handbook of Animal Assisted Therapy and a number of other books, chapters and articles on psychology and human animal bond. Dr Fine captures his audiences with real life examples of the enormous differences that animals can make in the lives of people. Stories from his years of experience are extremely inspiring. He combines science will real life examples.

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

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