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!

New!  June 2014  'Advancing the field of Human-Animal Interaction: Engaging IAHAIO Members Globally' - click here to learn more about our strategy and exciting plans for working with IAHAIO members to address vital issues in the field of human-animal interactions.


Rebecca A. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN


Symposium IAHAIO 2014

IAHAIO's 2014 AGM and yearly symposium will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 24, 25 and 26 July.

"Bridging Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries in Human-Animal Interactions".

In this symposium we will engage in vital conversations to share perspectives, practices and knowledge in HAI to accomplish better understanding and information exchange between the member organizations and cultures.

Update 7 July 2014

Registration for the symposium has now closed. We have had an excellent response and look forward to welcoming our symposium delegates to Amsterdam. 

All delegates are encouraged to read the newly published IAHAIO White Paper 'Definitions for Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Activity and Guidelines for Wellness of Animals Involved', which will form the basis for discussion of some of the workshops at the Symposium. Click here for further information.

Click here for the updated, final programme

Click here for the symposium flyer