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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

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

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

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 Horn


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

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

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

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

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