IAHAIO has launched a task force on ‘Standards of Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Interventions and Animal Welfare.’ The task force will be jointly chaired by Dr Elizabeth Ormerod, a veterinarian and Vice President Membership (IAHAIO) from the UK and Dr Brinda Jegatheesan, a professor and Vice President Development (IAHAIO) from the US. It will include a range of international outside experts from the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.

The task force is charged with the responsibility to identify and develop recommendations on standards of best practices in animal-assisted interventions and animal welfare, including education and training of people working with animals, animal selection and screening and species specific animal welfare issues during therapy.

Based on completed recommendations an action plan and a White Paper will be prepared.