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Norwegian Centre of Antrozoology

The Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology was founded in 2004. We work in the field of human-animal-relationship and is an interdisciplinary association, comprising of individuals with expertise in ethology, rehabilitation, public health and special needs education. The Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology works within several areas of human animal interactions, including consultancy and practice of animal assisted interventions, education, research and behavior modification and dog training classes. The Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology has been training human-animal teams for many years, and thereby have a lot of knowledge and experience regarding screening and training of dogs and people together. We have both practical experience and theoretical knowledge in dogs, dog-mentality, screening and testing of dogs, dog training and training of human-animal teams, and the same for cats and farm animals.


The Centre has a lot of practical experience in carrying out animal-assisted interventions in a variety of settings, like schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology has the leading expertise on human-animal interactions in Norway, and elaborates and provides animal-assisted interventions (AAI) for different user groups. We are responsible for ensuring that health professionals who work within AAI have sufficient expertise and that the animals used are controlled and suitable for such use. Together with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences The Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology offer a university course in AAI, which gives 15 ECTs. This course gives professional handlers theoretical and practical competence in AAI. In addition we educate volunteers with their dog in AAA, also here both theoretical and practical together with the Norwegian Kennel Club.
 

The Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology is a full member of IAHAIO, and follows the White Paper standards.

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expertise in ethology, rehabilitation, public health and special needs education.

leading expertise on human-animal interactions in Norway, and elaborates and provides animal-assisted interventions (AAI) for different user groups.

Recent projects the organization was involved in;

  • Preparation and training of human dog teams, Erasmus+

  • Personal growth in Ibiza, Erasmus+

  • AAE for children in public school, a project together with the Norwegian Dyslectic Organization

  • AAI for persons with dementia, a project together with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences

  • Animal-assisted interventions for children at a Crisis and incest center

  • Dog -therapy training - European standards Erasmus+, Action 2

  • “Walk a dog” a project together with The Norwegian Council for Mental Health

  • Animal-assisted interventions for psychiatric children at Oslo University Hospital

  • “The Assistance Dog”: The Use of Ordinary Private Dogs as a Service Dog for Disabled Dog Owners together with The Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People

  • Animal-assisted therapy at a Community-dwelling for psychiatric patients

 

Dr. Christine Olsen

 

is founder of the Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology, and chair leader of the board. Dr. Olsen is group head of “Small animals in visiting programs” in the IAHAIO Taskforce.

 

She has a master degree in ethology, and a PhD in public health focusing on animal-assisted interventions. Dr. Olsen is also a dog behaviorist and dog trainer, and screen dogs personality. She is currently doing research on dog behavior.

 

Line Sandstedt

 

is managing director of the Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology. She is a lector in science and a postgraduate in special needs education and coaching. Sandstedt is also a dog behaviourist and dog trainer, and screen dogs personality for AAI. Sandstedt gives courses in dog training both nationally and internationally. She is responsible for all of the education given by AZS, both dog training and training of human-animal teams. Line has worked for the organization since 2006.