Clare Thomas-Pino
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Current teaching

Programme Manager and Academic Tutor BSc (Hons) Human-Animal Interaction.

Module Leader and Lecturer– Contemporary Issues in Anthrozoology, Human-Animal Interaction in Practice, Fundamental Skills in Anthrozoology, Animals in Education, Animal Assisted Intervention, and Animals in Society


Clare’s academic background includes Psychology, Animal Behaviour, and Mental Health Counselling. She is currently on the BOD for ISAZ, IAHAIO/AAII Task Forces for terminology and provider education, and a grant reviewer for HHRF. She was a SME who helped develop the C-AAIS for AAAIP, was on the EFMHA BOD, and content reviewed 2 books on Clinical Practice in EAS. Clare’s volunteered with youth STEM education, domestic violence and grieving children’s agencies and used to run a 70 acre educational farm. Clare’s research focuses on ensuring best practices within HAI and optimal wellbeing for both humans and animals within AAS.

Education/Academic qualification

Behavioral Studies, PhD, Evaluating Human-Equine Interactions through the Lens of Adult Attachment., University of Maine

… → 2021

Social and Developmental Psychology, MPhil- course completed but no award due to lack of funds, Listening to women with chronic pelvic pain: Women’s words on why diagnosis takes so long. , University of Cambridge


Psychology with Animal Behaviour, BSc, Intergenerational transmission of parenting styles: The relationship with attachment styles. , Anglia Polytechnic University


External positions

Tutor/Mentor, Stanford at Oxford

Oct 2022 → …

Peer Reviewer, Human-Equine Interaction Register (HEIR)

Sept 2022 → …

Board Member, International Society for Anthrozoology

9 Jul 2022 → …

Reviewer, Journal of Veterinary Behavior

2022 → …

Education and Terminology Task Force Member, International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organisations

2021 → …

Subject Matter Expert, Association of Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals (AAAIP)


Alumni Mentor, Anglia Ruskin University

2019 → …

Content Reviewer, Routledge


Assistant Profession- Part Time, University of Maine System

1 Sept 2006 → …

Scientific Advisor & Grant Reviewer, Horses and Humans Research Foundation

2004 → …


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  • Defining Terms Used for Animals Working in Support Roles for People with Support Needs

    Howell, T. J., Nieforth, L., Thomas-Pino, C., Samet, L., Agbonika, S., Cuevas-Pavincich, F., Fry, N. E., Hill, K., Jegatheesan, B., Kakinuma, M., MacNamara, M., Mattila-Rautiainen, S., Perry, A., Tardif-Williams, C. Y., Walsh, E. A., Winkle, M., Yamamoto, M., Yerbury, R., Rawat, V., Alm, K., & 57 othersAvci, A., Bailey, T., Baker, H., Benton, P., Binney, C., Boyle, S., Brandes, H., Carr, A. M., Coombe, W., Coulter, K., Darby, A., Davies, L., Delisle, E., Enders-Slegers, M-J., Fournier, A., Fox, M., Gee, N., Graham, T. M., Hamilton-Bruce, A., Hansen, T. G. B., Hart, L., Heirs, M., Hooper, J., Howe, R., Johnson, E., Jones, M., Karagiannis, C., Kieson, E., Kim, S-A., Kivlen, C., Lanning, B., Lewis, H., Linder, D., Mai, D. L., Mariti, C., Mead, R., Ferreira, G. M., Ngai, D., O’Keeffe, S., O’Connor, G., Olsen, C., Ormerod, E., Power, E. R., Pritchard, P. A., Rodriguez, K., Rook, D., Ruby, M. B., Schofield, L., Signal, T., Steel, J., Stone, W., Symonds, M., Rooy, D. V., Warda, T., Wilson, M., Young, J. & Bennett, P., 4 Aug 2022, In: Animals. 12, 15, p. 1975

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

    Open Access
    12 Citations (Scopus)
    52 Downloads (Pure)
  • Equine Assisted Interventions

    Thomas-Pino, C., Jun 2021.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  • The Deal With Animals Podcast: Episode 5 Animal Assisted Interactions

    Thomas-Pino, C., 30 Aug 2021

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access
  • Respectful Connection

    Thomas-Pino, C., Mar 2019, In: Equine Leaders. p. 19-21 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

    Open Access
  • Animal Assistance to Humans: Horse-Assisted Therapy: Psychotherapy with Horses

    Thomas-Pino, C., 2007, Encyclopedia of Human-animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals . Beckoff, M. (ed.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary