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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

  • Research Spotlight: The DANE Study
    The DANE Study: Dogs for Autism Nutrition and Exercise is a collaboration between the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, School of Medicine, and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. We are interested in learning about the role of your pet dog in your family life, the activities that your child does with your pet dog, … » read more
  • Fall 2020 newsletter!
    What’s new at TIHAI? Check out our fall 2020 newsletter for institute updates! TIHAI Fall Newsletter
  • TIHAI Scholars applications open!
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIHAI is offering a new mid-year deadline for the for the 2020-2021 TIHAI Student Scholars Program. Projects may be geared towards activities that benefit people, animals, or both, although activities that benefit both will be given priority, and proposals that involve harm or stress to animals will not be considered. Topics … » read more
  • Student Spotlight: Erin King, PhD student
    We are thrilled to welcome Erin King, M.S., who is starting in Fall 2020 as a student in the human-animal interaction track at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine PhD program. Erin will be working in Dr. Megan Mueller’s lab and in the Center for Animals and Public Policy, as well as continuing her role … » read more
  • Spring 2020 Newsletter!
    What’s new at TIHAI? Check out our spring 2020 newsletter for updates and upcoming events! Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction Spring 2020 Newsletter