Networking & meetings

A crucial part of IAHAIO’s work is to create opportunities for its members to network, share ideas and exchange information about their work in the field of human-animal interactions.

November 2014 - As a natural progression and an outgrowth of our work at the 2014 Symposium held in Amsterdam, IAHAIO has formed an international task force to establish Standards of Best Practices for AAI Programs and Practitioners!

June 2014 - Creating opportunities for global engagement of IAHAIO members forms a crucial part of IAHAIO's membership strategy.  Click here to read how IAHAIO is working to achieve this through its annual symposia and triennial conferences.

There are a number of ways in which member organizations can network and be kept up-to-date with developments:

Annual meeting and symposium

IAHAIO hosts an annual meeting and symposium for its members which all members are welcome to attend. This event provides an excellent opportunity to network with other members and find out about developments within the field of human-animal interactions. Organizations are invited to give presentations on their work and there are often workshops and excursions arranged for members. These meetings usually take place in a different country each year.

The next Annual General Meeting of IAHAIO takes place during the afternoon of 10th July 2016 in Paris, between 2pm and 5pm, before the Welcoming Reception of the triennial international conference.  Please see further details of the AGM on Announcements on our Home Page, and advise of your attendance by no later than 1 July, to Please note that IAHAIO’s business is conducted in English. There may be representatives from other organizations that could assist with translation at the General Meetings, but this cannot be guaranteed or relied upon.

We would really like to hear your news to put it on our website, so please contact the IAHAIO Vice President, Membership ( with any contribution you would like to make to our website.

Contact with member organizations in your country

IAHAIO members are also encouraged to make contact with other member organizations in their country to share information and exchange ideas. Contact details of all members are available on the IAHAIO website.


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.