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 Annual Symposium 2015

Advancing HAI beyond boundaries: Developing our road map for the future

28-30 May, Copenhagen, Denmark

Update 19 May: Registration has now closed. 

The full Symposium Programme is available here.

The IAHAIO Symposium 2015, which will be hosted by IAHAIO member organisation, Trygfonden, in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

The theme for the Symposium is "Advancing HAI beyond boundaries: Developing our road map for the future". For further details of the plenaries, workshops and social events, download the Symposium flyer here. Please also visit our Symposium 2015 page for further information.

We look forward to welcoming anyone interested in enhancing the field of human-animal interactions - both members and non-members - to Copenhagen. It is a beautiful, interesting city to visit, as this link describes, so it might be a good idea to add a few extra days to your visit to enjoy the sights!

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.

Membership dues 2014

Please note that IAHAIO membership fees for 2014 are now due. All member organisations should have received an email with an invoice for 2014 dues. This year we have introduced a new online payment method that can be accessed via the links on the email and which should make the process more efficient. We would be grateful if members use this payment method, rather than sending checks, if this is possible. If you have any queries regarding this or have not received an invoice, please contact us at: Thank you for your support.