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Graduate School of Social Work

Institute for Human-Animal Connection


The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment.

Upcoming Events

  • April 8, 2015: Join IHAC and partners for a screening of a documentary on the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust followed by a facilitated discussion and photo exhibit on the socio-ecological pressures that threaten elephant populations. The event will be in Sturm Hall Davis Auditorium from 6:00-8:00pm. RSVP for this free event here.

  • April 24-25, 2015: Green Chimney's hosts their 2015 Human-Animal Interaction conference in partnership with IHAC. "Growing Together: Kids, Animals and Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency" is a continuing education opportunity for human-animal interaction professionals. Get more information and register.


  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison did a special alumni piece on IHAC's Executive Director, Philip Tedeschi. Read the full article here. 
  • IHAC, Chuck & Don's and Animal-Assisted Social Work students highlighted on local news! See the Fox News story here.
  • University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work students organize animal-assisted stress relief event at DU Law School. See the 9News story here.
  • Chuck & Don's donates $23k to IHAC for new safe shelter program for pets.
  • Executive Director Philip Tedeschi discusses human-animal relationships on the radio show Our Wild World. Listen to the full interview
  • IHAC successfully hosted its first Practitioners Conference, Transforming Trauma: Research Developments and Methods for Trauma-Informed Animal Assisted Interventions, on May 7 and 8, 2014.