Human-Animal Interaction


The Center for Human-Animal Interaction (VIRGINIA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) with one mission: Improved health and well-being through human-animal interaction. We achieve this mission with goals in three areas: research, service, and education.

Our research goal is to increase knowledge of the benefits of the human-animal interaction through interdisciplinary research. We are a recognized pioneer in the area of researching health benefits of human-animal interaction with many studies published internationally in scholarly journals.

Our service goal is to enhance health and wellbeing through Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and pet visitation. Our volunteer Dogs On Call therapy dog teams provide comfort and warmth to patients, families, and staff in the VCU Medical Center. Dogs On Call teams also provide much needed stress relief to students during exams, and increase therapy dog awareness in the surrounding community.

Our educational goal is to improve understanding of the benefits of the human-animal interaction. From middle school classrooms to professional groups, we provide guest lectures on human-animal interactions to a variety of audiences. The Center offers internships, electives to medical students, and helps to educate the next generation of healthcare providers on the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies.

Through continuing support from generous community partners and like-minded individuals, the Center for Human-Animal Interaction continues to provide exceptional services, all while celebrating the power of the human-animal bond!


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You can find more information about this organization at WWW.CHAI.VCU.EDU


In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $7,500.

In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 will be used to recruit, train, and monitor new therapy dog teams into the Center for Human-Animal Interaction Dogs On Call Program. Dogs on Call are fully integrated throughout the pediatric inpatient untils and outpatient clinics.

In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 was used to recruit and train new therapy teams for Dogs on Call.

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