I am an Assyrian-German Anthrozoologist (specialising in assistance dog teams and interspecies cooperation) living in Frankfurt, Germany.
Currently, I am a PhD student in Anthrozoology (the inter-disciplinary study of human-nonhuman animal interactions) at the University of Exeter.
2017-2019: Obtained my MA in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter.
2018-2019: Was a consultant and researcher 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.
2012-2018: Was a self-employed, full-time assistance dog trainer in Frankfurt.
Became a certified dog trainer and behaviour consultant by the IHK (German Chamber of Commerce).
2005-2012: Worked with horses and tamed mustangs in Northern California using natural horsemanship techniques.
I returned to this briefly in 2014, when I travelled to Tasmania, Australia, to start a few young horses.
2009: 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.