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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.

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…


Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction

News and Announcements

  • TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Robin Kopplin
    Robin I Kopplin, M.S. Animals and Public Policy Chew on this: Evaluating Welfare in Giraffa camelopardalis feeding encounter programs and using expert interviews to increase knowledge of giraffe welfare Modern zoos sponsor a variety of visitor-animal interaction in the hope that it will foster positive environmental and conservation-focused behavior towards wild populations. Animal encounters are incredibly … » read more
  • TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Jessica Baldeck
    Jessica Baldeck, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Alternatives for learning about wildlife in captive settings Learning about animals plays a major role in children’s science education, and it is very common for these animal-related lessons to be reinforced by visiting wild animals in captive settings. However, there is concern about the welfare of animals … » read more
  • Animals as a Gateway to Science
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University faculty capitalize on kids’ affinity for animals to foster diversity in veterinary medicine and other STEM fields » read more
  • TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Sarah Brattain
    DVM/MPH student Sarah Brattain shares her experiences working with a community-based rabies vaccination program with the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe as her TIHAI Scholars project. » read more
  • Applications Due April 20th: Student Scholars Program
    TIHAI is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 HAI Student Scholars Program, supporting research, education, or service projects related to human-animal interaction. » read more