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.

  4. Donations for the Ohio Wildlife Center

    Oct 13, 2020

    The Human-Animal Interactions Club is collecting donation items for our partner the Ohio Wildlife Center until November 1st!

    If you are interested in donating items contact the club president, Nicole Neher, at to set a drop off date and time.

    Ohio Wildlife Center Wish List:

  5. Using Social Contract Theory to Explain Acceptability of Lethal Control of Wildlife

    Oct 12, 2020

    This past January, Dr. Alia Dietsch was the second of three recipients to receive funding from CHAIRE’s RFPs for her project titled “Killing to Conserve? Using social contract theory to explain acceptability of lethal control of wildlife.” The funding included four semesters of stipend and tuition for Shelby Carlson to continue her PhD program within the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

  6. CHAIRE & CBI Partner for NeuroNights Workshop

    Oct 7, 2020

    On Thursday October 1st CHAIRE partnered with the Chronic Brain Injury Program for their weekly NeuroNights Workshop. This month sessions are focusing on companion and support animals. Dr. Kelly George, Brittany Fischer, Kirsten Nickles, and Brian Hood led the first workshop which included cats, dogs, dwarf hamsters, beef cows, ducks and quail. This first workshop highlighted how human-animal interactions are important components of wellness.

  7. Influence of the Human-Animal Bond on Military Veterans

    Sep 24, 2020

    In January 2020, Dr. Kim Cole was one of three recipients of CHAIRE’s RFP graduate student funding for her project titled “Influence of the Human-Animal Bond on Oxytocin Levels and Overall Health of Military Veterans and their Animal Counterparts.” This funding includes four semesters of stipend and tuition for Nicole Lorig’s PhD program. Nicole began her program in fall 2020 and plans to begin her data collection in spring 2020, pending further impacts of COVID-19.

  8. Crocodilian Conservation Conquers COVID Closedown

    Sep 4, 2020

    In early August, CHAIRE Advisory Committee Member and Program Head of Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mark Flint, along with EcoHealth Management Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jaylene Flint, and Australian Research Manager, Mr. Edward Qualischefski held a workshop to train crocodilian producers and researchers in welfare measurement techniques to study these ancient aquatic reptiles.

  9. Join the Human-Animal Interactions Club

    Sep 1, 2020

    Are you an Ohio State undergraduate student interested in human-animal interactions?

    Our student organization, the Human-Animal Interactions Club, is taking part in the CFAES virtual Back to School Bash Thursday September 3rd from 7:30-8:30pm.

    Stop by anytime to learn more about the club and become a member by following the links below.

  10. Zach England

    Graduate Students Present at 57th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society

    Aug 7, 2020

    Congratulations to three of our graduate students, Zach England, Madeline Winans, and Brittany Fischer, for being selected to present their Master's research at the 57th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society which took place July 28-31, 2020.