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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

  • October 3-4, 2014: State of the Wild Symposium and Peaceful Demonstration

bull elephant Join us for a 1 1/2 day event to learn about and take action on some of the most pressing issues facing wild animals. On October 3, through a symposium of experts, learn about global threats to wildlife from climate change, human population growth, overconsumption of natural resources and wildlife trade. On October 4, join in a peaceful demonstration at the Colorado State Capitol as part of a global call for the protection of elephants and rhinos from wildlife trade and the introduction of a bill to the CO State Legislature to ban all sales of elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state of Colorado. Learn more.

  • January 10, 2015: 2015 Cohort 1 of the Animals and Human Health certificate program begins. Apply online by November 1st.
  • 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.


  • 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.