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IAHAIO Conference Stream and Annual General Meeting, University of California, Davis, California, USA

IAHAIO is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a dedicated HCAB stream at the ISAZ conference on 24 June 2017 at Davis, California, USA. The IAHAIO Annual General Meeting will take place on 23 June.

The IAHAIO programme can be found here. The theme this year is AAI Best Practice across the globe – what have we learned so far and where do we need to be?  There will be a number of short presentations followed by a series of workshops. 

To attend the IAHAIO stream, you will need to register for the ISAZ conference via this link, and select ISAZ/IAHAIO member. 

Please advise IAHAIO of your attendance at the AGM and IAHAIO stream by 5 June by emailing 

IAHAIO members also have the opportunity to take part in Pet Partners Evaluator training, as outlined below. There are only 6 places available, so apply soon. The closing date is 15 April.

SUBJECT: Become a Pet Partners Evaluator

IAHAIO member Pet Partners is exploring the possibility of expanding their Therapy Animal Program internationally.  They are in a testing phase and looking for a handful of international cities and/or countries in which to register animal/handler teams. 

Pet Partners needs Team Evaluators based in non-US locations in order to register these initial teams and would like to invite IAHAIO members to consider filling that evaluator role.  Team Evaluators are responsible for assessing the skills and aptitudes of each animal/handler team through a series of exercises established by Pet Partners. 

To this end, adjacent to the ISAZ conference and IAHAIO general meeting, Pet Partners will be offering a Team Evaluator training and practicum, through which you can become a registered Pet Partners Team Evaluator.  Prior to the in-person practicum in California, candidates must complete a mostly self-paced online course of study, which will take about 20 hours to complete.

Pet Partners is still determining the exact timing and location, but are tentatively planning on two 4-hour sessions during the mornings of 23 and 24 June.  They are making every effort to ensure it does not conflict with key IAHAIO events and specific details will be available by early April.

Application is a simple google form - - complete by April 15 for priority consideration; 6 spots are available. Selection will be based on a number of factors, including professional experience and geographic location.  Application does not require you to participate, so there is no risk in applying now and then making a participation decision once more information is available. 

For the sake of brevity, further details will be provided by contacting Jesse Haas, program manager at Pet Partners at  Submission of application will also trigger the distribution of further information directly to you, so apply soon!

30 July 2016  Course on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (CAWSEL), 11-23 September, Cambridge, UK. Click here for further details.

29 July 2016  New job opportunity - Nestle Purina. Please click here for further details on a new job opportunity that has arisen for a Behaviour Scientist-Pet Welfare. 

WSADA and CDC to host ground-breaking symposium on preventing obesity in people and their pets. At the event, co-speakers from veterinary and human medicine will explore the relationship between obesity and disease in humans and pets, together with the societal costs, behaviour and psychology of obesity. Co-speakers will also discuss One Health focused initiatives which can be used as potential solutions to the growing obesity crisis in people and pets. To find out more and to register for the event, click here.

The 4th International Conference on All Creatures Care (ICAC) in KOBE 2015 -Commemorating 20 Years Since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, 19-20 July 2015. Closing date for Closing date for oral and poster presentations extended to 31 March 2015. For further information, click here.

Green Chimneys are hosting a 2-day conference 24-25 April 2015, Brewster, NY Growing Together: Kids, Animals and Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency.

Call for Applications - HAI Research. The WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research Programme is pleased to announce the availability of £340,000 (approximately 524,000 USD) in 2015 to fund high quality research into the impact of companion animals on human cognition or academic outcomes. Deadline for letter of intent is 1 July 2015. Deadline for application is 31 July 2015. For further details, click here.

The WSAVA has released an important statement on dogs exposed to Ebola, calling for quarantine, not euthanaisa. Click here for further details.

The IAHAIO Annual Symposium 2015, Advancing HAI beyond boundaries: Developing our road map for the future, will be hosted by IAHAIO member organisation, Trygfonden, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The dates are 28-30 May 2015.

International survey on AAI: Looking for testimonials. IAHAIO supports the international survey "I-DO-AAI" promoted by the Italian Reference Centre on doctors' opinion and health professionals about AAI. For further information click here.

18-19 October 2014, France. French organisation for animal-assisted organisations Licorne & Phenix is hosting their annual meeting "Communication: from a global approach to different applications ... in our ways of practice in animal assisted interventions". Click here for further details.

IAHAIO will hold its Annual General Meeting and annual Symposium in Amsterdam, the Netherlands 24-26 July 2014.

October 2013, board member Brinda Jegatheesan visited the Human-Animal Interaction symposium in celebration of Dr. Leo K. Bustad's legacy at Washington State University in Pullman.

September 2013, board members Andrea Beetz, Dennis Turner and Marie-José Enders-Slegers participated in the conference in Freiburg, Germany, "Innovation in Forschung und Praxis, Tiergestätzte Therapie und Pädagogik".

July 2013 The Chicago Conference, held in collaboration with the AVMA, has been a huge success. Highlights were the wonderful keynote and plenary lectures, as well as the lectures of the winner of the IAHAIO-ISAZ award dr. Hal Herzog and the winner of the first William F McCulloch award Dr. Elizabeth Ormerod. The attendees were very positive about the scientific content of the conference and the great opportunity to network with fellow members. The social program was very much appreciated as well.

May 2013 Second International Conference on innovation in the field of animal-assisted therapeutic interventions in Israel and abroad at the School for Animal-Assisted Therapy, Magid Insitute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem VP Conferences of IAHAIO, Prof.dr. M.J.Enders-Slegers represented IAHAIO at the Conference and give four presentations (about IAHAIO, about children with psychiatric problems and AAI, about autism guide dogs and improvements in family lives and about AAI in a geronto-psychiatric nursing home).

March 2013. IAHAIO Members are invited to attend the next AGM in Chicago. Date/time: July 20, 2013 from 1-4 PM (this is right before the opening reception in the ballroom of the same hotel) Location: Atlanta Room of the IAHAIO conference hotel:Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive,Chicago, Illinois, USA 60601. Our new coming members are very welcome to hold a short informative presentation about their Organization. For more information: Vice President Membership: mail to elizabeth.ormerod@btinternet

European Petnight February 20, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium
Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Vice President, represented, together with founding member Ethologia + (Francoise Sion) our IAHAIO at the European Pet Night, Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels, Belgium, February 20. This Pet Night was organized by IFAH-Europe (Declan O'Brien) and hosted by members of the European Parliament. One of the highlights of this well visited, interesting event was the presentation of Bart Weetjens, Founder of APOPO, an organization that trains rats and their human partners in Africa to detect landmines .


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.