Activities of the Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions (SCHAI) are guided by AVMA policy on the human-animal bond: "The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. The veterinarian's role in the human-animal bond is to maximize the potentials of this relationship between people and animals."
The SCHAI seeks to:
The Committee has four members with broad perspectives and expertise within the human-animal interactions field. These individuals represent the three aspects of the human-animal bond, as follows, with attention to domestic and non-domestic species: