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CENTAUR's mission is to provide:
CENTAUR was originally founded in 2000 through a philanthropic gift from the Metcalfe Foundation n of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and organized under the direction of Dr. Marie Suthers-McCabe until she departed the faculty of VA-MD Vet Med in 2006. The Center continued without formal governance and a renewed interest led to the creation of a training program in human-animal bond studies in 2009.
In November 2011, CENTAUR came under the direction of Dr. Bess Pierce, associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. The center has a growing team of core faculty members and research partners supporting its mission, and an advisory committee representing a collaborative team of experts in various fields.