1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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."

  7. 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!




  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.