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Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction

From seeing-eye dogs to therapeutic horseback riding to therapy dogs that help children struggling with reading, the healing power of animals enriches our lives in many ways. Human Animal Interaction (HAI) goes well beyond the strong emotional bonds that people have with our pets to include all aspects of these complex, complementary relationships. While there is a great deal of enthusiasm around HAI, such as the increasing popularity of animal-assisted therapy, the science of the field is still growing.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the health, strengths, and well-being of humans and animals through transdisciplinary partnerships that foster innovative research, education, and service programs in human-animal interaction.

Vision Statement

To enhance the lives of humans and animals through mutually beneficial interactions.
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How to Get Involved

Boy-Cat_440x265Animal Instinct: Cummings School scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives. Read more…


About Us

News and Announcements

  • TIHAI Spring ‘Pet and Learn’ Event – NEW DATE March 29
    Join us for the 2017 TIHAI Spring ‘Pet and Learn’ Series! NEW DATE – MARCH 29 from noon to 1pm Barnum 104 Come meet therapy animals from Tufts Paws for People and support the Tufts Equestrian Team bake sale! Followed by: “Horses and Humans – Understanding our Hooved Companions” Dr. Megan Mueller Upcoming Events: April 25: … » read more
  • 2017 TIHAI Scholars Applications – due April 1, 2017
    TIHAI is pleased to be accepting applications for our 2017 Student Scholars program! Any Tufts University student is eligible to apply for up to $500 in support for research, education, or service projects related to human-animal interaction. Please see our Student Scholars page for more information.
  • Workshop for Elder Care Facilities: Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions
    **Due to the impending and ill-timed snow storm, we have postponed the Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions Workshop. We will reschedule the exact date (to be held in April or early May) in the next week.** Workshop for Elder Care Facilities: Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions Friday, March 10, 2017  (postponed due to snowstorm) 8:00 AM … » read more
  • Online continuing education for equine-assisted therapy!
    Proving the Point: Integrating Research into Equine Assisted Therapy Programs Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:00-8:00pm EST Register online: http://bit.ly/2fshRR7 $39 ($29 early registration before December 31) Learn how to obtain scientifically relevant data and information for your equine assisted therapy program! This online experience will give you a roadmap for conducting research within your existing programs. This … » read more
  • Jumbos for Jumbos Jumbo Statue on Tufts campus
    Time is Running Out for Elephants! One of the most urgent wildlife conservation crises is the poaching of elephants for the international illegal ivory trade. If poaching continues at current rates, wild elephants could be driven to extinction within a decade. Please donate and join Jumbos for Jumbos in the race for elephant survival. Click … » read more