IAHAIO Symposium 2015

28-30 May, Copenhagen, Denmark


The theme for the 2015 IAHAIO Symposium was "Advancing HAI Beyond Boundaries: Developing a Road Map Toward the Future”. It was kindly hosted by IAHAIO member organisation, Trygfonden

Our symposium was very well attended with representatives from our member organisations and other leading experts in HAI from around the globe. The workshops provided stimulating discussions on many of the challenges currently experienced by those working in the field, as well as a look to some of the solutions available.  The social events also provided great opportunities for networking. Download the Symposium flyer here.


The programme- click here for the final programme


Prof. dr. Brinda Jegatheesan, University of Washington, USA: HAI Beyond Boundaries and Societies

Dr. Rainer Wohlfahrt, President, ESAAT (European Society for Animal- Assisted Therapy), Germany: AAI and Quality Assurance

Michael Kaufmann, Director, Green Chimneys, USA: AAI Longevity and Sustainability.

Prof. dr. Rebecca Johnson, IAHAIO President, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA: HAI & AAI, Ageing Society, Global Perspectives

Dr. Karen Thodberg, Denmark: HAI & AAI, Ageing Society, Denmark


1. Developing Standards for Education and Training in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI)

2. Developing a Code of Practice for Animal Care, Welfare and Wellbeing in AAI
    Speaker: Elizabeth Ormerod, BVM, MRCV, FRSA, Animal Welfare in AAI



IAHAIO is grateful to our hosting sponsor, Trygfonden, and for sponsorship received from the following organisations in support of this event:

            Nestle Purina


IAHAIO Triennial International Conference 2016, Paris

IAHAIO 2016 conference: Draft programme now available

NEW 19 May: A draft programme is now available for the conference which provides details of themes, oral presentations, timings and venues for the social events. Please note that this may be subject to change, but we will keep to the overall timings of the event.

If you are presenting an oral, poster or workshop, please review our Guidelines for presenters for further details on how to prepare and what to expect at the conference.

Closing date for registration is 20 June. Visit our dedicated 2016 conference page for further details and the online registration links.

Modules in Anthrozoology

We are excited to announce the launch of an exciting new education initiative by the Open University of the Netherlands and IAHAIO - Modules in Anthrozoology. These online modules offer a series of short, theme-based learning blocks for professionals that are already working with animals, and for anyone who is new to the field of human-animal interactions. You can work through the course in your own time, at your own pace.

For further information on fees, dates, course content and to register, click here.