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Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Institute for Human-Animal Connection


Exploring the Human-Animal Connection

IHAC initiates and seeks research opportunities that impact the overall well-being of humans, animals and the environment.

The faculty, doctoral student fellows and scholars-in-residence affiliated with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) are dedicated to advancing empirically-based information on the human-animal connection through research.

ongoing research affiliations

Therapeutic Human-Animal Interactions

  • Coming soon!

Animals in Communities

  • Pets for Life in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and University of Wisconsin-Madison's Shelter Medicine Program. 

Conservation Social Work 

  • A Human Rights Approach to Family Planning in partnership with Having Kids
  • Addressing Wildlife Trade through Education in China. Promoting wildlife conservation through core identities: Possibilities in China. In collaboration with Susan Clayton (Fellow of IHAC), College of Wooster and Xu Ping, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.