As President of IAHAIO it is my great joy to welcome you to our homepage.

IAHAIO is a global umbrella organization drawing together many associations doing exciting work in the human-animal interaction (HAI) field. We embrace those who are working in research, education, and practice of HAI. Our mission is to provide international leadership in advancing the HAI field. We do this through international conferences, collaborative projects, and an interactive web-based discussion area. We aim to help those working in HAI to network together to develop ground-breaking collaborative projects.

Our member groups are leading the world in HAI! Join us and prepare for an exciting journey as we move our field forward in highly creative international ventures!


Rebecca A. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN


IAHAIO Triennial International Conference 2016, Paris

Date for the diary!

We are delighted to let you know that the next IAHAIO Triennial International Conference will be held 11-13 July 2016 in Paris, France.

The theme of the conference is 'Unveiling a new paradigm: HAI in the mainstream'

The biggest event in the HAI calendar, this conference brings together leading researchers and practitioners from across the globe, sharing latest findings and programmes that will inspire and provoke much thought and discussion.

Please visit our website for regular updates.

IAHAIO AAI Guidelines: White Paper published

The updated IAHAIO White Paper 'Definitions for Animal Assisted Intervention and Guidelines for Wellness of Animals Involved.  2014 Definitions and Guidelines in Theory, Research and Practice' is now available and includes those revisions suggested by IAHAIO members at the Amsterdam meeting in 2014 and subsequently included by the IAHAIO Board . IAHAIO recommends that its members adopt and promote these definitions and guidelines in their respective countries. Click here to download the White Paper.

AAI Standards: IAHAIO international task force formed

We are delighted to announce that IAHAIO has formed an international task force to establish Standards of Best Practices for AAI Programs and Practitioners. This is a natural progression and outgrowth of our work at the IAHAIO 2014 Symposium in Amsterdam. We look forward to sharing updates and further details in the coming months and at our 2015 Symposium in Copenhagen.