THE POWER OF PAWS: Working Full-Time in Animal-Assisted Interactions

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Dr. Katherine Compitus grew up in NYC, where she developed a strong connection with animals. She pursued an academic career, obtaining degrees in education, animal behavior and conservation, and social work. Throughout her career, she explored the similarities between the behaviors, cognitions, and drives of all species of animals, including humans. She is a licensed clinical social worker and she founded a non-profit micro-farm sanctuary in order to research the human-animal bond. Currently, she works as a professor at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, teaches a course on the human-animal bond, runs a private animal-assisted psychotherapy practice, and conducts research on the benefits of farm animal-human interactions, including “cow cuddling”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCareers in One Health
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Workers' Roles in Caring for Humans and their Animal Companions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781003810490
ISBN (Print)9781032371467
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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