The Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) is committed to expanding our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals and the environment. CHAIRE is unique from other existing centers in that the animals and interactions examined expand beyond companion animals and equine to also include agricultural animals, wildlife and exotic animals. Another important distinction of CHAIRE is the purposeful effort to consider all human-animal interactions from not only the human perspective, but also the animal perspective.

Contact us at chaire@osu.edu or by phone at 614-292-1073.


  1. Suzi speaking at CHAIRE's 2018 Annual Fundraiser

    Suzi Rapp Retires from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Jul 22, 2021

    Suzi Rapp retires from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium after 39 years of service this month! Suzi has been a major supporter of CHAIRE since the beginning, through both serving on CHAIRE's advisory committee, and facilitating and supporting several research, education, and outreach projects with the Animal Programs Department at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

  2. New CHAIRE Program Coordinator Announcement

    Jul 8, 2021

    Please help us welcome Madeline Winans as the new CHAIRE Program Coordinator! Madeline will be taking over for Brittany over the next month as Brittany continues to pursue her PhD in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine within the College of Veterinary Medicine and remains engaged with our center as a CHAIRE Graduate Student.

  3. Zach England Accepts Research Associate Position

    Jun 10, 2021

    Former CHAIRE graduate student Zach England recently accepted a Research Associate position working with Dr. Jessica Pempek, Animal Welfare Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. His role is to assist Dr. Pempek in conducting research which is currently focused on calf welfare. In the future, Zach will help with teaching students and have an extension role as well.