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Human-Animal Interaction

How Pets Help People

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Studies point to the physical and emotional benefits of our relationships with other species Janelle Casson says it never gets any easier when her husband deploys as a U.S. Army combat engineer. But after four… Read More

Animal Instinct

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Tufts scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives.

The Role of Animals in Our Lives

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

A new Tufts institute will study people’s relationships with other species
The Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction will have its official launch on March 3. Here, Olivia Bradley, A18, pets Guinness, a Golden Retriever, during a therapy dog study break at Tisch Library last December.

Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

By Sandy Quadros Bowles As a girl growing up in Florida, Lisa Freeman dreamed of becoming an equine veterinarian. That was not such an unusual plan for a girl who grew up riding horses. Unlike… Read More

Pets can help stressed children

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A Tufts study found that having pets has important benefits for children from military families.

Cummings in the News

Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families faced with significant challenges such as parental deployment and frequent moves. – See more at: http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/strong-bonds-pets-may-help-foster-resiliency#sthash.uahAZZ98.dpuf

From Labs to Laps

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Students and beagles trade roles as teachers and learners. The beagles help teach the students and then learn about life after the classroom