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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…


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News and Announcements

  • Applications Due April 20th: Student Scholars Program
    TIHAI is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 HAI Student Scholars Program.  The HAI Student Scholars program will accept requests for funding events, projects, and programs related to HAI in the realms of research, education, and service. Any Tufts University student is eligible to apply for up to $500 in support for research, education, or … » read more
  • TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Megan Ballou Ballou photo
    Over the next several months, we will highlight profiles of our 2017 TIHAI Student Scholars awardees. We are grateful to the Elizabeth A. Lawrence Fund through the Center for Animals and Public Policy for supporting the Student Scholars Program. Megan Ballou, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Class of 2018 Aging Equines: Understanding the Experience of Caring for … » read more
  • Animal-Assisted Intervention Manual for Facilities Now Available to Download
    TIHAI has identified that, despite increased enthusiasm for animal-assisted interventions, not all facilities know how to provide safe and effective programs with animals. This manual addresses the needs of these facilities and will guide them to provide enhanced, safe, and effective animal-assisted interventions to create the best environment for the benefits of the human-animal bond. You can download … » read more
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know about TIHAI, and Director Dr. Lisa Freeman LFreeman walking dog
    Enhancing the lives of humans and animals—by studying their mutually beneficial relationships—is the mission behind Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (TIHAI). At the helm of the Institute is Dr. Lisa Freeman, whose passion for the cause runs deep. Head of the clinical nutrition team and a faculty member at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, she … » read more
  • TIHAI Spring ‘Pet and Learn’ Event – 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