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 17 June: 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 (updated 30 May) for further details on how to prepare and what to expect at the conference.

Registration is now closed. Please note that refunds for conference registration fees are now not possible.

IAHAIO Annual General Meeting - Sunday 10 July, Paris

The IAHAIO Annual General Meeting 2016 will take place on Sunday, 10 July, 2pm-5pm.

The venue is Hotel Forest Hill *** Plus, located on the Cité des Sciences Plaza, Paris, France. 

This meeting is open to IAHAIO member organisations. Full members may have 2 representatives in attendance at the AGM and will have 2 votes during the meeting. Affiliate members may have 2 representatives present, but have 1 vote during the meeting. Please advise us of your attendance by 1 July, by emailing elizabeth.ormerod@btinternet.com