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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

  • Green Chimneys Documentation Report now available!
    As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, TIHAI Co-Director Dr. Megan Mueller is a member of the research team studying the impact of animal- and nature-based programs at Green Chimneys, a residential treatment and special education facility for students with serious psychosocial challenges. Phase I … » read more
  • 2020 TIHAI Student Scholars applications now open!
    TIHAI is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 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 may be related to any area of HAI, such as … » read more
  • TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Ariel Lefkovits
    Ariel Lefkovits, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Exploring How Breed Type Impacts Human Perceptions of Canine Behavior and Personality Pit bull stigmatization presents challenges and consequences for both pit bull type dogs and their owners. Pit bull dogs spend more time in shelters – where they are at risk for poor welfare and higher … » read more
  • Congratulations to our 2019 TIHAI Student Scholars!
    Congratulations to our 2019 TIHAI Student Scholars! Riley Aronson, V21 and Daniela Lopez Goicochea, MPH21, V21 Providing Spanish language access to Tufts veterinary clientele: Breaking down barriers and fortifying the human-animal bond through communication Maha Bazzi-Magee, MAPP19 The impact of photographic manipulation on viewers’ perception of cats’ personalities Kaili Chen, A20 Sustainable livestock care at Nordic … » read more
  • Register for the Animals & Society Summer Short Course!
    Join the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy for the 2019 Animals & Society Summer Short Course June 10-14, 2019 at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Interested human-animal relationships? Would you like to deepen your understanding of animal issues and how to create change? Now more details for Tuesday’s companion … » read more