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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

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

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

TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Megan Ballou

Megan Ballou, MAPP class of 2018, describes her TIHAI Scholars research project exploring experiences of owners of geriatric horses with chronic illness. » read more

Animal-Assisted Intervention Manual for Facilities Now Available to Download

Download our free manual: Animal-Assisted Interventions: How-To Guide for Facilities » read more

7 Things You Didn’t Know about TIHAI, and Director Dr. Lisa Freeman

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. » read more