for applied Ethology and Animal Psychology
Institute for applied Ethology and Animal Psychology, I.E.T. in the
German language, is a private, scientific institute that was founded
in 1991 by the internationally known behavioural researcher, Dennis
C. Turner (see below). In the city of Horgen on the Lake of Zurich,
about 20 Km south of Zurich, one finds the administrative
headquarters of the institute, which is active all over the globe.
Most activities of I.E.A.P. concern the behaviour of domestic
animals, particularly cats and dogs, and human-companion animal
relationships and their consequences for the health and wellbeing of
both relationship partners. The institute was certified by SQS
(eduQua-procedure) 2001-2015 as an official continuing education
institution in Switzerland. Its courses in animal-assisted
intervention are accredited by the International Society for
Animal-Assisted Therapy (ISAAT). Depending on demand, courses (in
German), seminars and guest lectures (in German or English) are
offered in major cities of Switzerland and other countries.
observations on companion animals are conducted either in private
households and neighborhoods, on farms in the countryside, in animal
shelters and kennels, or in institutions with animal-assisted
intervention programmes, e.g. homes for the elderly, hospitals,
clinics and correctional institutions. (The institute itself
maintains no animals on its premises.) Dr. Turner's institute
I.E.A.P. is active and well-recognized in the following areas, which
will be explained in detail further below:
in animal behaviour consultation / therapy for:
courses are offered by the professional association VIETA
(www.vieta.ch ) since 2015.
and seminars in animal assisted interventions for:
Psychotherapists / psychiatrists / other medical doctors
Special educators / social workers
Institutional staff / care-givers
Volunteers with specially selected companion animals
courses will be offered by the professional association GTTA
(www.gtta.ch ) under the guidance of
the institute’s director beginning 2017.
Media (TV, Radio, Print media)
Government agencies (including the European Commission)
Research funding agencies
projects supported by:
Swiss National Science Foundation
Swiss/Zurich Animal Protection
Former Swiss Federal Veterinary Office
University of Zurich
and expertise worldwide on questions of animal welfare and companion
animal housing for:
Board of I.E.A.P.
Prof. emer. Patrick Bateson, FRS,
Animal Behaviour, Dept. of Zoology,
University of Cambridge,
Prof. emer. Felix Gutzwiller, Institute
for Social and Preventive Medicine,
University of Zurich,
Prof. Johannes Odendaal †, Dept.
of Veterinary Ethology,
University of Pretoria, Republic of
Prof. James A. Serpell, Dept.
of Clinical Studies,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Prof. Mitzuaki Ohta, PhD, DVM, Lab
of Animal Facilitated Therapy, Tokyo University of Agriculture,
Prof. Cindy C. Wilson, Dept.
of Family Medicine,
USUSH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
about the owner and director of I.E.A.P. (I.E.T.)
sc. Dennis C. Turner
1948 in Pennsylvania, USA
citizen of Switzerland and the USA
English, German, Swiss German
1974, Doctor of Science degree, from the Johns Hopkins University,
School of Hygiene and Public Health (Medical Institutions),
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Private faculty member (Privatdozent, PD), Veterinary Faculty,
University of Zurich (since 1 October 2000) with teaching
responsibility for companion animal behaviour
Invited Visiting Professor for Animal-Assisted Therapy and
Anthrozoology, Azabu University, Fuchinobe (Tokyo), Japan
President, IEMT, Institute for interdisciplinary Research on the
Human-Animal Relationship, Basel
Board of IAHAIO, the
International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations,
(president 1995-2010); Delegate of the Board for
European Issues (since 2010)
Chief adviser, Animal behaviour consultancy, Cantonal Veterinary
Hospital, Zurich (1989-1999)
Trustee and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel World Society for
the Protection of Animals, WSPA (now WAP), London (2002-2012).
Founding member and ex officio council member (as IAHAIO president),
International Society for Anthrozoology
Associate editor, Anthrozoös,
a multidisciplinary journal on the interactions of
people, animals and nature (http://www.isaz.net/isaz/anthrozoos/)
Companion animal section editor, Animal Welfare, The Universities
Federation for Animal Welfare, Wheathamopstead, Herts., England
Certified «applied animal behaviorist», US Animal Behavior Society
(ABS to 2010)
Overseas member, Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, APBC,
Honorary President VIETA, the professional pet behaviour
counsellors' association headquartered in Switzerland
Vice president GTTA, the Swiss professional Society for
Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activities (www.gtta.ch
Non-veterinarian member of the veterinarian associations of Zurich
and Switzerland, GZT and GST
Senior Research Associate (ad personam), Animal Behaviour, Zoology
Institute, University of Zurich
(1974 to 2011)
Honorary member, HARS, the Japanese Society for Research on
Human-Animal Relations. Tokyo
«Turners Katzenbuch. Wie Katzen sind, was Katzen wollen», Kosmos
«The Domestic Cat: the biology of its behaviour, 3rd edition»,
already a classic in the study of behaviour in domestic animals.
D.C. Turner and P. Bateson (eds.). Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge and New York. ISBN 978-3-440-12136-8 (German first
edition, out of print; Dutch edition from Swets & Zeitlinger
B.V., Lisse, NL; Japanese edition from JCLS, Tokyo).
«Die Mensch-Katze-Beziehung. Ethologische und psychologische
Aspekte», a book for specialists and veterinarians interested in
the human-cat-relationship. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena, VET special
series (later in Enke Verlag). ISBN 3-334-60528-0.
«Katzen lieben und verstehen. Ein humorvoller Wegweiser für
Katzenfreunde». A humorous, but factually correct, popular book on
house cats, their behaviour, their relationship with people, and on
behavioural problems, well-illustrated with cartoon drawings by
Fulvio Federi. Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart ISBN 3-440-07160-X.
(Also in Japanese, Pet Life Sha, Tokyo.)
«Attachment to Pets. An integrative view of human-animal
relationships with implications for therapeutic practice» Julius,
H., Beetz, A., Kotrschal, K., Turner, Dennis and Uvnäs-Moberg, K.
ISBN 978-0-88937-442-3 (Also available in German and Italian
«Companion Animals in Human Health». Cindy C. Wilson and Dennis C.
Turner (eds.). Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA and
London. ISBN 0-7619-1061-1 hardcover, 0-7619-1062-X paperback.