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


Modules in Anthrozoology - new module added!

We are delighted to announce that a new module has been added to the education initiative of IAHAIO and the Open University of the Netherlands: Animal Assisted Education. This is an online learning programme and you can purchase the modules at any time, and work at your own pace. For further information, please click here

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.