MU Research Center on Human Animal Interaction (ReCHAI)

Partner Type


Description and Mission

ReCHAI is designed to develop a program for research and education to study the health benefits of human-animal interaction (HAI); promote the science of HAI; further the understanding and value of the relationship between humans and animals; document evidence demonstrating Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) as a beneficial form of complementary therapy; celebrate and better document the benefits of HAI; foster educational and research opportunities for MU students.


Students working with Dr. Rebecca Johnson may participate in a variety of programs including but not limited to PAWSitive Visits an Animal Assisted Activity at senior care facilities, assist older adults as they provide foster care for shelter dogs in their homes, the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound, a communtiy dog walking program, work with Veterans as they train shelter dogs in basic obedience skills, work with older adults and thier pets at TigerPlace, Reading to Rover program with children who read to a therapy dog.

Special emphasis and skills:

Animal Care, Data Compilation, Community Specific Research, Cultural & Social Assimilation

Contact Information:

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director

MU College of Veterinary Medicine Clydesdale Hall Annex #2
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-2266
Phone 2:(573) 882-6282


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.