Human-Animal Interactions: The Role of One Health

The One Health approach strives for optimal health outcomes for humans, animals, and the environment by acknowledging the connection between them. A noteworthy aspect of this approach is the exploration of human-animal interaction and its profound influence on the health of both humans and animals. Recent research at Colorado State University has explored the intricate dynamics and impact of this connection.

Equine therapy SPUR
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Christie Mayo, head of the virology section at the Diagnostic Medicine Center, and Mollie Burton, Postdoctoral fellow with Microbiology Immunology and Pathology, and their lab staff check the lambs of Don and Ann Baker at their Fort Collins farm. April 7, 2023

CSU Excels in Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research and Education.

Researchers at CSU are assessing the health benefits of companion animal and equine-assisted services and therapies. Others are studying different aspects of health, including the adverse health impacts on workers involved in euthanizing livestock, as well as the relationship between worker and animal well-being. 

Dr. Lorann Stallones and MPH Graduate Student Abigail Figan present research on a One Welfare Approach to Equine Assisted Services.

One Health and Human-Animal Interaction research identifies innovative approaches to health challenges

Dr. Lorann Stallones, Professor of Psychology at CSU and Human-Animal Research Coordinator at the One Health Institute, along with MPH Graduate Student Abigail Figan, share their research findings on applying a One Welfare Framework to Equine Assisted Services. 

This therapy harnesses interactions with horses and other equines to promote the physical and mental well-being of individuals.

Want to learn more? Check out the HAI Resources and Educational Opportunities at CSU:

The Human Animal Bond in Colorado, housed in the School of Social Work, improves the quality of life for people through the therapeutic benefits of companion animals and supports research projects related to HAI.

The Argus Institute at the James Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides bereavement counseling and support to pet owners who have lost a pet or navigating difficult end of life decisions.

Researchers in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, as well as the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, study many aspects of human-wildlife interfaces.

The Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) has three specific research tracks, including 1) systematic mapping reviews of peer-reviewed literature on equine-assisted activities and therapies; 2) dementia and equine-assisted learning; and 3) autism and occupational therapy in an equine environment.

The Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence (CHCC), an academic institution housed at Colorado State University, is focused on integrating transformative science, education, and outreach to minimize conflict and facilitate coexistence between humans and carnivores.