Guide to Human-Animal Interaction Education

Phyllis Erdman1, Megan. R. LaFollette2, Netzin G. Steklis3, H. Dieter Steklis3, Monique Germone4 & Lori R. Kogan5

1College of Education, Center for the Study of Animal Welfare, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2Department of Animal Sciences, Center for Animal Welfare Science, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
3Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
4Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
5Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Pursuing a career in human-animal interaction (HAI) may feel daunting, as this field is quickly growing and changing, and offers a wide array of career possibilities with pathways and educational programs. Yet, it is this broad scope of possibilities that can make navigating the field challenging. The purpose of this article is to help guide individuals who are interested in exploring a career with animals and humans. Our specific aims are to (a) describe and define the current field of HAI, (b) synthesize possible human-animal studies programs as provided by the Animals and Society website, and (c) offer guidance for those interested in exploring HAI careers. This paper, is designed as a practical guide to help students and their mentors navigate the HAI field.

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Keywords: animal studies, human-animal bond, human-animal interaction
Posted in 2018, Volume 6, No. 3