College of Veterinary Medicine

The People-Pet Partnership (PPP) 

The People-Pet Partnership (PPP)

PATH, a therapeutic riding program, gives
children and adults with disabilities the joy of riding a horse.

The Pet-People Partnership (PPP), a public service program in the Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being (CSAW) in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was created to more fully understand the human–animal bond and to promote the humane treatment of companion animals.

Through education, research, and outreach, the PPP provides a number of important public services, including:

Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

PATH is a program that provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding to people with emotional, mental, and physical disabilities

PATH to Success

PATH to Success is an equine assisted growth and learning program that is directed at healthy youth development.

Human Animal Interaction (HAI)

It has long been known that the interaction between humans and animals is powerful, and the bond between them can have positive impacts on both humans and animals.  The term "human animal interaction" (HAI) is an umbrella term for the study of this dynamic relationship, but is a fairly recent term and applies to all areas of practice and research that include some kind of interaction (i.e., therapy, intervention, assistance) between humans and animals. This includes work that may be identified under more familiar terms, such as animal-assisted therapy, animal assisted activities, or human/animal bond. Fine (2010) refers to human animal interaction as being in the early stages of development, and only recently gaining credibility within national funding agencies. We believe it is a field that is growing and providing new and exciting possibilities for research and practice. For further information on how to become involved in this work at WSU, and for affiliated faculty and areas of foci, go to the HAI page.

Pet Education Partnership

Pet Education Partnership is an online curriculum to teach children responsible pet ownership


Leo K. Bustad

(1920-1998)Dean Emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine


Contact the People-Pet Partnership program:
People-Pet Partnership
College of Veterinary Medicine
P O Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010
Tel. (509) 335-7347
Fax: (509) 335-6094

What's Happening in the PPP?

PATH to Success : Fall Equine Program
  • For children, grades 6-8
  • 9 Week Course, Mondays 3:45-5:00
  • September 15 - November 17
Information and application meeting
for the Fall Equine Program
When: Monday, August 25, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Lincoln Middle School Library

For more information contact:
Sue Jacobson, College of Veterinary Medicine

Phyllis Erdman, College of Education
Last Edited: Aug 19, 2014 2:33 PM   

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