Research projects supported by:

  • I.E.A.P./ I.E.T.
  • Private industry
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Swiss/Zurich Animal Protection
  • Swiss Federal Veterinary Office
  • University of Zurich
  • IEMT


I.E.A.P. conducts research projects on its own, or upon commission by third parties. Most often these concern clarification of the biological and psychological needs of various companion animal species and their proper housing and care, or the human-companion animal relationship - including its importance in animal-assisted therapy programmes for specific groups of people.

Past research results, especially those on house cat behaviour and cats' relationships with people, have attracted much interest at international congresses and been published in reviewed journals and scientific books.

Dr. Turner, director of the institute, has supervised the research projects of, and/or officially advised Masters and doctoral students from various universities (e.g. University of Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH-Zurich, Université de Neuchâtel, University of Cambridge, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). He was principle investigator on the research project «Dog Visitations to Homes for the Elderly» of the IEMT. Recently he has been the principle investigator on projects concerning:

  • Mood changes in cat owners and their influence on interactions between the cat and the person;
  • Mechanisms responsible for the positive effects that pets have on the quality of life and health of their owners;
  • Reliability of anthropomorphic interpretations of dog and cat behaviour
  • Communication between cats and their owners
  • Cultural differences in attitudes toward animals
Past research results can be found in
  • the journals:
    • Anthrozoös, Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, Schweizerisches Archiv für Tierheilkunde, SwissVet, Journal of Small Animal Practice (BVA Special Publication)

  • the books:
    • Die Mensch-Katze-Beziehung, Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena, resp. Enke Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany (Author: Turner, D.C.)
    • The Domestic Cat, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (Eds. Turner, D.C. and P. Bateson)
    • De wereld van de kat, Swets & Zeitlinger B.V., Lisse, NL (Red. Turner & Bateson)
    • The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction, Elsevier Science Ltd, Oxford, UK (Ed. Robinson, I.)
    • Companion Animals in Human Health, Sage Publications, San Francisco and London (Eds. Wilson, C.C. and D.C. Turner)
    • Attachment to Pets, Julius, H., Beetz, A., Kotrschal, K., Turner, D.C., and Uvnäs-Moberg, K. Hogrefe Publishers.




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