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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 Lecture Series! TIHAI Lecture Series 2017
    Join us for the 2017 TIHAI Spring Lecture Series! All lectures at 7:00 pm, Barnum Hall 104, Medford Campus February 28: Debra Gibbs “Pet Therapy” 101: The Basics of Animal-Assisted Interventions March 28: Dr. Megan Mueller Horses and Humans: Understanding our Relationships with our Hooved Companions April 25: Dr. Deborah Linder The Role of Therapy … » 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
    Workshop for Elder Care Facilities: Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions Friday, March 10, 2017 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Register online: http://bit.ly/2fofzOM  $79  This workshop will educate facilities providing care for older adults on providing enhanced, safe, and effective animal-assisted intervention programs. Course instructors will present practical, proven methods of assuring the safety of both residents and visitors. Facility directors, managers, executive staff, … » 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