About the Center

 

Historical Overview

The Center for the Study of Human-Animal Interdependent Relationships actually started as a dream more than 30 years ago, but it was not until 1997 that funding made the Center a reality.  Back in the 1970s Dean Walter C. Bowie and Associate Dean Eugene Adams were excited about the growing interest by some physicians in the physical, psychological, emotional, and social benefits people receive from animals. 

In April 1976, the School cosponsored a symposium with the local Veterans Administration Hospital that focused on these benefits.  Reflecting on his visit to Tuskegee to introduce the keynote speaker, Dean Leo Bustad of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, wrote in his book, Compassion, Our Last Great Hope, ". . .It appears that a pet may be far superior to a whole passel of pills in many situations.  Used together, they may be superior to either alone."

Now, through a grant under the Excellence in Minority Medical Education Program of the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Public Health Service, the School's early dreams are beginning to come true.  The Center is seeking to learn how animals might effectively replace that "passel of pills" and how people can have animals work this magic in an ethical and humane way.

Financial Support

The Center is funded in part by a grant under the Excellence in Minority Medical Education Program of the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Future activities will be limited only by the generosity of those who share Tuskegee University's vision.  To make a charitable donation or for more information on how to assist, please call 334-727-8122.

Human-Animal Bond Projects at Tuskegee University

Classroom topics in SMED 595: Medicine-Clinics: (1) stress management for veterinarians and veterinary medical students, (2) burn-out and compassion fatigue in veterinarians, (3) clients in crisis, (4) human and animal communication, (5) animal behavior, (6) grief and bereavement from pet loss, and (7) animal abuse

Publications: refereed and non-refereed articles on human-animal relationships

Presentations: lectures throughout the US on human-animal relationships

HIV/AIDS and Pet Ownership: educational Program

Tuskegee Behavior Test for Selecting Therapy Dogs: instructional videotape and educational materials.

Pets Uplifting People's Spirit (PUPS): animal assisted therapy program at the Tuskegee Area Health Consortium Veterans Administration Hospital