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. OSU Animal Welfare Judging Team Places in All Divisions of AVMA Contest

    Dec 6, 2021

    The Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest (AWJAC) virtually celebrated its 21st year of competition on November 20th and 21st. The Ohio State University was once again well-represented across all student divisions: undergraduate junior, undergraduate senior, graduate, and veterinary. Students were co-coached by CHAIRE Members Zach England and Dr. Jess Pempek, and species covered in this year’s contest included psittacines as pets, cats in a research setting, and boar studs.

  2. CHAIRE Members Contribute to Ohio State Animal Sciences Podcast

    Nov 12, 2021

    CHAIRE Members Dr. Jessica Pempek and Dr. Kelly George recently contributed to an episode of the Ohio State Animal Sciences Podcast which explored the topic of Animal Welfare. Written and recorded by Alec Reusch, and overseen by Dr. James Kinder, for The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, within the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, the Ohio State Animal Sciences Podcast takes a few minutes to provide an overview of a particular topic related to animal science.

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    CHAIRE Presents: Family-Animal Interaction Day

    Nov 2, 2021

    Our third annual fundraising event took place one month ago today! On Saturday, October 2nd at the Ohio State Equine Center, CHAIRE hosted our fundraiser in a brand new format. This year's event featured a festival-style afternoon of animals interactions and demonstrations, kids' games, educational opportunities, a silent auction, music, and food trucks. This was a record-breaking fundraising event for CHAIRE, while also fulfilling CHAIRE's mission to expand our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals, and the environment.