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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

  • 2019 Student Scholars applications open!
    TIHAI is currently accepting proposals for the 2019 Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) 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 … » read more
  • 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