1. Graduate Students Earn Master's Degrees

    Apr 26, 2021

    Four of our CHAIRE Graduate Students Madeline Winans, Shannon Kelley, Yolonda Bradshaw, and Zach England have completing their thesis exams and are now preparing to graduate this semester. Madeline’s defense seminar was titled “Measuring the Welfare Effect of Facility Relocation on a Population of California Sea Lions (Zalophus californiaus)” which was completed in partnership with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (CZA).

  2. CHAIRE/Wilds Pseudo In-Situ Conservation Short Course Registration Now Open

    Apr 6, 2021

    We are excited to announce that we will once again be holding our Pseudo In-situ Conservation Short Course for students in partnership with the Wilds!
  3. Animals Special Issue Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

    Mar 23, 2021

    We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Animals for a new Special Issue titled "How Animal Welfare Reforms Are Reshaping Societal Institutions Charged with Animal Management." The deadline for manuscript submissions is February 1, 2022.

  4. Undergraduate March Madness

    Mar 1, 2021

    We are excited to announce our Undergraduate March Madness Program!

    The entire month of March we will be raising funds to establish this new program for undergraduate students. Follow the link below to visit our event page to learn more and how your donation can make a difference for our students.

    View Undergraduate March Madness Page

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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:

  9. 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.

  10. 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.