About the Center

Established in the VCU School of Medicine in June 2001, and housed in the Department of Psychiatry, the purpose of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction is to provide a formal structure for and promote interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research, clinical, and educational activities related to the human-animal relationship.

Our Mission

Improving health and well being through human-animal interaction.

To achieve our mission, our research goal is to increase knowledge of the benefits of the human-animal interaction through interdisciplinary research.

Our clinical goal is to enhance health and well being for patients and other members of our community through animal-assisted interventions.

Our educational goal is to improve understanding of the benefits of the human-animal interaction.

Annual Reports

2023 CHAI Annual Report

2022 CHAI Annual Report

2021 CHAI Annual Report