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The Thinking Pets Program I Comparative Behavioral Research

Welcome to The Thinking Pets Program at NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where we enroll both dogs and cats for our behavioral research studies diving into the minds of our furry friends.

Our study participants are canine and feline companion animals, residing in the Triangle area, who come visit us for a day of games, treats, and fun!

Our researchers have broad areas of interest including studies of behavior, cognition, neuroaging, naturally occurring pain, and olfaction. In addition to our non-clinical studies, we also conduct clinical research in partnership with external companies, such as those developing animal health technologies, to improve the everyday life for our furry friends.

Thinking Pets Program Alumni

Meet the dogs who have made our research possible! These smiling faces have all participated in the program and completed a variety of cognitive tasks. Check out the Get Involved and Our Research pages to learn more, and find us on social media to see more Thinking Pets in action!