Greetings from the IAHAIO President

Welcome to the IAHAIO website. I am very happy to have the honour and privilege of being the President of IAHAIO.

IAHAIO is a global umbrella organization drawing together many associations and institutions doing innovative and exciting work in the human-animal interaction (HAI) field. We welcome those organizations that are working in research, in education, and in practice of human-animal interactions (HAI) to join our organization and benefit from our growing international network. Our mission is to provide international leadership in advancing and professionalizing the HAI field by stimulating, motivating and helping members from both research and practice, to work together and to share knowledge and (best) practices. We consider the care and wellbeing of both people and animals involved in HAI or AAI of great importance and welcome insights from those working in the field on how good standards of care can be achieved in different settings and contexts.

IAHAIO creates excellent networking opportunities through our international conferences, collaborative projects, and an interactive web-based discussion area. This is an exciting time in the development of HAI and AAI, and there is much to learn and accomplish. You are very welcome to join us and be part of this exciting, growing network of HAI organizations.

Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers


IAHAIO conference stream and AGM 2017, California

IAHAIO is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a dedicated HCAB stream at the ISAZ conference on 24 June 2017 at the University of California, Davis, California, USA. The IAHAIO Annual General Meeting will take place on 23 June. Registration is now open. Full details, including the IAHAIO programme, can be found here. IAHAIO member, Pet Partners, is also offering 6 places to IAHAIO members for their Pet Partners Evaluator Training which will take place during the conference. Further details are available here.

IAHAIO White Paper - Animal assisted interventions

The IAHAIO White Paper outlining definitions and guidelines for animal assisted interventions and wellness of animals involved was endorsed by  IAHAIO members in 2014, and has now been translated into French, German, Dutch and Polish. An essential document for everyone involved in AAI. For further information, click here.

IAHAIO Digital Photo Contest

When you look at HAI, what do you see? HAI around the world

Open to all IAHAIO member organisations, the IAHAIO photo contest invites members to share their images of human-animal interactions with the IAHAIO community and help build our photo library. It carries a first prize of $500. Closing date for submissions is 15 May 2017. For contest rules and instructions. please click here.

Temple Grandin interview

We are delighted to share a video of Temple Grandin being interviewed by IAHAIO Board member, Brinda Jegatheesan, which was shown at the IAHAIO conference in July. Click here to view.

People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice (PAIJ)

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new IAHAIO open-access, peer-reviewed Journal! It publishes articles relating to research, practice and education in HAI and AAI. For further information and to submit abstracts for review for the first issues, please click here.