As President of IAHAIO it is my great joy to welcome you to our homepage.

IAHAIO is a global umbrella organization drawing together many associations doing exciting work in the human-animal interaction (HAI) field. We embrace those who are working in research, education, and practice of HAI. Our mission is to provide international leadership in advancing the HAI field. We do this through international conferences, collaborative projects, and an interactive web-based discussion area. We aim to help those working in HAI to network together to develop ground-breaking collaborative projects.

Our member groups are leading the world in HAI! Join us and prepare for an exciting journey as we move our field forward in highly creative international ventures!


Rebecca A. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN


IAHAIO Triennial International Conference 2016, Paris

Update - Abstract Submissions and Registration Open

We are delighted to let you know that the next IAHAIO Triennial International Conference will be held 11-13 July 2016 in Paris, France.

The theme of the conference is 'Unveiling a new paradigm: HAI in the mainstream'

Abstracts can now be submitted for review. The deadline for abstract submission is 30th November 2015.

Registration for the conference and social events is also now open.

Visit our dedicated 2016 conference page and follow the link for abstract submissions and guidelines.

New IAHAIO Award - Call for Nominations

IAHAIO is proud to announce details of a new award in honor of the late Johannes Odendaal of South Africa, a pioneer in the field of HAI. IAHAIO will present at its triennial international conferences this award to an individual for distinguished research in the broadly defined field of human-animal interaction. Nominations for the inaugural award which will be announced in Paris 2016 are due 30 November 2015. Click here for further details.

IAHAIO AAI Guidelines: White Paper published

The updated IAHAIO White Paper 'Definitions for Animal Assisted Intervention and Guidelines for Wellness of Animals Involved.  2014 Definitions and Guidelines in Theory, Research and Practice' is now available and includes those revisions suggested by IAHAIO members at the Amsterdam meeting in 2014 and subsequently included by the IAHAIO Board . IAHAIO recommends that its members adopt and promote these definitions and guidelines in their respective countries. Click here to download the White Paper.

AAI Standards: IAHAIO international task force formed

We are delighted to announce that IAHAIO has formed an international task force to establish Standards of Best Practices for AAI Programs and Practitioners. This is a natural progression and outgrowth of our work at the IAHAIO 2014 Symposium in Amsterdam. We look forward to sharing updates and further details in the coming months and at our 2015 Symposium in Copenhagen.