The center promotes education of veterinary and human health care professionals and the general public on the importance of human-animal relationships and conducts partnered, scholarly research in the field of Human Companion Animal Interaction, leading to publications, conferences, and public presentations.
MS Program in Human-Companion Animal Interaction
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences offers a combined ABVP residency in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice and MS degree with focus in human-animal bond studies for qualifying veterinarians. The program:
- Offers an interdisciplinary degree encompassing a wide variety of topics, and includes classes from Virginia Tech's Department of Sociology and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.
- Prepares the resident for specialty certification in clinical small animal practice and to strengthen the health and welfare of human-animal interactions at national and potentially international levels.
The effect of the therapeutic session on salivary cortisol levels and stress related behavior in animal-assisted activity dogs.Funding agency: Made possible by the Nestle Purina PetCare Company, R&D Research Grants.PI: Dr. Bess PierceCo-PI: Dr. Zenny Ng
Creating 3D Visualization Tools to Study Canine Puppy Socialization BehaviorsSponsorship agency: Institute for Creativity, Art and Technology (ICAT), Virginia TechPIs: Dr. Bess Pierce and Thomas TuckerView the Hokie puppies video.