places great emphasis on public service and dissemination of
prophylactic information to companion animal owners to avoid problems
in housing them and in human-animal relationships. The benefits of
harmonious relationships with companion animals to our own health and
quality of life are also stressed.
institute's director, Dr. Dennis C. Turner, is invited to hold many
guest lectures each year (a number of which are open to the public),
and has lectured in most European capitols, Mexico, Brazil,
Argentinia, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA. Guest lectures are
either in English or German on subjects as varied as «the
human-companion animal relationship», «dog behaviour and
misbehavior», «cat behaviour and behaviour problems», «companion
animals as co-therapists», «ethics and companion animals»,
«control of feral animals», «responsible pet ownership», and «the
welfare of companion animals». If your organization is interested in
arranging or sponsoring such a guest lecture by Dr. Turner, please
contact the I.E.A.P.
office at least 6 to 12 months in advance of the desired date, as
the director is often booked solidly for such a long period.
with public lectures and co-operation with public continuing
education programmes in different countries, Dr. Turner was
instrumental in conceiving the special exhibition on «The House Cat»
(65 panels, German language) for the Museum of Zoology, University of
Zurich; with the support of Zurich Animal Protection, he also
authored the informative brochure accompanying the exhibition
(unfortunately now out of print). This exhibition was viewed by
several hundred thousands of visitors in a number of Swiss and
commission by third parties (e.g. animal welfare societies, public
officials or private industry), I.E.A.P. authors informative
brochures and educational materials. These most often contain
prophylactic information on proper animal housing and care and the
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reach an even wider audience, I.E.A.P. works closely with well-known
television and radio stations as well as the press. Through this
intensive co-operation, people from Japan to the USA are informed
about latest research results and issues concerning human-animal
interactions. Interviews and programs with Dr. Turner have e.g.
appeared in: the New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Frankfurter
Allgemeine, Journal de Genève, Oggi natura, and on SFDRS, ZDF, ORF,
RTL, SAT 1 and BBC.