About Us

Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction

From service dogs, to equine-assisted interventions, 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 their 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.