Hi, I'm Tiamat.
I'm an Assyrian-Californian Anthrozoologist, currently based in England.
My focus is the intersection of animal work and emotion management.
I'm a PhD candidate in Anthrozoology (the interdisciplinary study of relations and interactions between humans and other species) at the University of Exeter.
My research defines humane emotional labour in relationships between guide dogs and their instructors during their shared work-lives.
Interested in staying updated on what I get up to?
I work as
a research consultant in an EU-programme which is part of an Erasmus+ grant from the Federal Ministry for Education in Germany and funded by the European Union. Its aim is to develop assistance dog training as an accredited profession in Europe, develop trainer/instructor processes for the current CEN (European Committee for Standardization) standard, as well as create a curriculum for assistance dog trainers/instructors.
In the past,
I obtained my MA in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter with a strong distinction and a "Dean's Commendation for Exceptional Performance" award in 2019.
This followed six years of working as a self-employed, full-time guide dog instructor in Germany.
During this time, I became a certified dog trainer and behaviour consultant by the IHK (the German Chamber of Commerce, so to speak).
I also love horses
and was a working student twice for the 5-star Parelli instructor David Lichman.
This came after years of working with horses and gentling mustangs in Northern California.
While still in California, together with my dog and horse, I performed in front of 3,000 people at a Parelli event in Reno - receiving a personal invitation to intern with Pat Parelli.