1. Nicole Lorig Receives L.E. Kunkle Award

    Apr 24, 2020

    Congratulations to CHAIRE Graduate Student Nicole Lorig for being awarded the L.E. Kunkle Award at the Department of Animal Sciences Student Celebration Banquet on April 23!

  2. CHAIRE Graduate Students Pass Thesis Exams

    Apr 6, 2020

    Congratulations to our graduate students, Brittany Fischer and Jade Werner, for passing their thesis exams!

    On Thursday April 2 Brittany presented, "Development of an Evidence-Based Welfare Approach for Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in Human Care" and on Friday April 3 Jade presented, "Use of Hair Cortisol Analysis to Evaluate the Influence of Housing Conditions on Long-term Stress in Horses."

  3. Human-Animal Interactions from Home

    Apr 3, 2020

    Working from home during these unprecedented times? Do you suddenly have new co-workers that are also your furry friends? Let's share our human-animal interactions! Send a picture and description to for a chance to be featured on our website and social media pages. Below are some of the submissions we have received so far!




  4. Merging Business and Animals

    Feb 17, 2020

    The Human-Animal Interactions Club is hosting a panel on Thursday March 19th at 6pm which will discuss the roles that marketing and operations management play in human-animal interactions. Professionals on the panel include the Vice President of Animal Programs, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, retired Production Engineering Leader, Honda North America, and CHAIRE Co-Director.

    This is a free event that all are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

  5. Human-Animal Interactions Study Abroad Italy

    Jan 6, 2020

    This year 45 students traveled on the Human-Animal Interactions Study Abroad Program to Italy. Led by CHAIRE member Dr. Steve Moeller and CHAIRE Co-director Dr. Kelly George, this program occurs annually over winter break. Students are required to complete the pre-requisite course, Human-Animal Interactions, before travel which includes Saturday field trips to various industries with animals in human care. The course is designed to prepare students for locations they will be visiting abroad and to fuel discussion for similarities and cultural differences.

  6. CHAIRE Request for Proposals Now Open

    Oct 14, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that we have opened the window for our second round of RFPs for graduate student funding. This funding includes four semesters of stipend and tuition for either a Master's or PhD student. In order to be eligible for funding applicant teams must include one active member of CHAIRE as the principal investigator or co-PI.

    Proposals must align with CHAIRE's vision which is to develop guidelines to improve human-animal interactions and promote positive welfare for all. All interactions must be considered from both the human and animal perspective.

  7. CHAIRE Presents Animals In Our Lives Featuring Dr. Temple Grandin

    Oct 3, 2019

    Our second annual fundraising event took place on Monday September 30 at the Dave Thomas Conference Center. The night began with a mingling session with animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Brutus Buckeye and an opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Our program began at 6pm and included a coursed dinner for guests to enjoy. Speakers during the presentation included: Brittany Fischer, Program Coordinator of CHAIRE, Dr. Kelly George and Dr. Tony Parker, Co-Directors of CHAIRE, Dr.

  8. AZA and IMATA Annual Conference

    Sep 16, 2019

    CHAIRE Graduate Students Brittany Fischer, Madeline Winans, and Zach England attended the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA) Annual Conference in New Orleans last week, which took place from September 7-11. Dr. Kelly George who is their advisor and the co-director of CHAIRE accompanied students. Over 3,000 members where in attendance and the conference included over 200 education program sessions, poster presentations, and round-table topic discussions.

  9. CHAIRE/Wilds Pseudo In-situ Conservation Short Course

    Aug 27, 2019

    Twenty students visited the Wilds this past weekend for the second annual Pseudo In-situ Conservation Short Course. Students spent two days listening to guest lectures and participating in hands-on activities including sleeping outside near rhino for a "bush camp" experience.

  10. ISAZ Animals in the Public Eye: Interactions and Perceptions of Animals Conference

    Jul 22, 2019

    Graduate students Jade Werner, Yolonda Bradshaw, and Nicole Lorig recently attended the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Animals in the Public Eye: Interactions and Perceptions of Animals Conference. The conference took place in Orlando, Florida from July 1-4. Students were accompanied by CHAIRE member, Dr. Kim Cole, and CHAIRE co-director Dr. Kelly George.