The Center promotes the education of veterinary and human health care professionals and the general public on the importance of human-animal relationships. Education programs include:

  • Advanced residency training and approved curriculum courses
  • Outreach through community partners
  • Service projects and seminars
  • Experiences in public-corporate organizations that involve animals


The Center conducts partnered, scholarly research in the field of Human Companion Animal Interaction, leading to publications, conferences and public presentations. As a veterinary-based center, there will be an emphasis on promoting animal health, but areas of research may include the study of:

  • The animal-human interface and the benefits people and animals derive from one another
  • Instructional animal wellness
  • Equine assisted activities
  • Methods for assessing animal welfare

Public Service

The Center provides outreach and service projects for the community, including:

  • Educational opportunities through structured outreach events
  • Student-led service projects with community partners