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Anthrozoology: The Study of Human-Animal Relationships

Welcome to the Anthrozoology page! The University of Windsor is pleased to offer a minor in Anthrozoology, and this is the website where you can find current information about the minor, as well as general information about anthrozoology. Our goal in developing academic programming in this is field is to encourage students to think critically about humans’ relationships with animals, and to encourage and facilitate ongoing reexamination and reevaluation of the significance of these interactions.
For information related to the Minor in Anthrozoology, including courses, please click here.
For a list of current and forthcoming courses, please click here.
What is Anthrozoology?
The field of anthrozoology is an exciting, rapidly growing field of scientific inquiry focusing on humans’ individual and collective relationships with, and attitudes toward, animals. Widely interdisciplinary, anthroozologists study a range of areas, such as pet-keeping, farming, animal research, conservation, zoos, animals in sports, vegetarianism, companion animals, and others. Similarly, scholars who consider themselves to be anthrozoologists come from diverse backgrounds and include biologists, ethologists, psychologists, historians, sociologists, veterinarians, sociologists, zoologists, philosophers, educators, and liberal arts specialists.
For a comprehensive overview of the anthrozoology research field, please visit the webpage for the International Society of Anthrozoology. Here, you will find a wealth of academic information, including upcoming and past conferences, research awards, and updates in the field.