Born in 1965 in Italy, where he is a renowned biologist, ethologist and applied behaviour researcher, Francesco De Giorgio is member of the Ethics Committee of the ISAE (International Society for Applied Ethology), specialising in equine and canine ethology. He is the founder, developer and facilitator at the Learning Animals | International Institute for Zooanthropology, where he focuses principally on the study of animal-human interaction, ethics, animal personal growth and rehabilitation.
After graduating from Parma University in 1989, Francesco began his career as an independent field researcher, supporting several universities while indulging his life-long passion for horses and dogs as an equine and canine learning professional, helping owners to enhance their relationships with animals.
Described by Danilo Mainardi, the director of International School of Ethology (in Erice, Italy), as “a man who works with his head and his heart and his hands”, Francesco walks the talk, integrating scientific knowledge into ethical day-to-day practice.
An expert in equine and canine welfare, Francesco provides expert support for institutions involved in animal health and welfare (e.g. in equine mistreatment cases), has served on a number of ethics committees, and acts as an advisor to courts, police and equine rehabilitation centres.
Much sought-after as both a speaker and lecturer, Francesco speaks regularly on cognitive ethology in the animal-human relationship. He also lectures at several universities and has given presentations to numerous conferences and symposia on ethology, cognition and zooanthropology, and has published the books, Dizionario Bilingue Italiano-Cavallo, Cavallo-Italiano [Horse- Human Dictionary] (in Italian) and The Cognitive Horse (in English).