Centers for the Human-Animal Bond Conference

The Centers for the Human-Animal Bond (CHAB) conference provides a critical opportunity to bring together a diverse set of national and international academic Human-Animal Interaction centers and institutes. The conference serves as a platform for interdisciplinary conversation with opportunities for the exchange and discussion of new ideas for future research in regards to animal-assisted interventions and additional dimensions of the human-animal bond.


The first CHAB conference was hosted in 2006 and in 2016 a 10-year follow-up conference continued the conversation. Both of these previous conferences resulted in special issues in peer-reviewed journals ( 2008 in JVME and 2018 in HAIB). Periodic and structured dialogue and coordination by these multi-disciplinary and geographically diverse human-animal interaction centers are critical to accelerating the advancement of the field of human-animal interaction and collaboration across disciplines. The advancement of the field will lead to further understanding regarding the physiological, psychological, and cultural implications of the human-animal bond.

Conference Sessions

If you were unable to attend, you can watch the conference sessions on YouTube.



If you have questions or would like to include your center/institute in the meeting, please email

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New positions available with NIH-funded HAI lab at Purdue University!

We are excited to share several openings to work on our new National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical trial on service dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families. The focus of our lab’s research is on the field of human-animal interaction (HAI). Sample tasks for some job roles can be found at  Opportunities with OHAIRE, which will be tailored to level of experience and career path. We will fill the positions for which we receive the best candidates.

If you are interested and would like to learn more, send your CV/resume to Dr. O’Haire at We look forward to hearing from you!

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The conference is also supported by the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Center for the Human-Animal Bond and Purdue University Office of the Provost.

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