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. AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest

    Dec 4, 2020

    On November 21-22, the OSU Animal Welfare Judging Team competed at the virtual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest. This year, undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students competed placing in all divisions and taking home the most awards out of any university at 5 out of 20. The contest included participants from 32 universities and 7 different countries.

  2. Sustainability of Collection of Marine Species Using Ecosystem Health Assessments

    Nov 12, 2020

    Dr. Mark Flint was the third recipient of CHAIRE’s RFP funding this past January for his project titled “Wild Sourced Collection of Marine Fishes for Aquariums: Assessing the Ecosystem Impact and Longevity of Individuals Acquired.” Funding includes four semesters of stipend, tuition, and benefits for PhD student Brittany Fischer who began her program in fall 2020.

  3. Equine State Training and Educational Program

    Oct 30, 2020

    Program Coordinator Brittany Fischer sat down (virtually) with Dr. Kim Cole, Associate Professor and Unit Supervisor of the OSU Equine Center this week to learn more about the development of EquiSTEP. Dr. Cole is also the OSU Equine Extension Specialist and provides leadership to the 4-H Horse Program. Under Dr. Cole’s leadership, the EquiSTEP program was created through a master’s program within the Department of Animal Sciences and partially funded by the Pat Brundige 4-H Development Fund.