White Paper - Definitions for Animal Assisted Intervention and Guidelines for Wellness of Animals Involved

In 2014, IAHAIO published its 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. Transaltions of the White Paper in Dutch, French, German and Polish are also available. 


In 1995, at the IAHAIO conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the members of IAHAIO adopted The IAHAIO Geneva Declaration, which listed their resolutions related to human-animal interactions.

In 1998, an additional resolution was adopted at the IAHAIO conference in Prague, Czech Republic, The IAHAIO Prague Declaration, which listed their guidelines related to animal-assisted activities and therapy.

In 2001, at the IAHAIO conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The IAHAIO Rio Declaration on Pets in Schools was adopted.

In 2007, at the IAHAIO conference in Tokyo, Japan, The IAHAIO Tokyo Declaration was unanimously approved by the General Assembly.

In 2013, at the IAHAIO conference in Chicago, USA, The IAHAIO Chicago Declaration was unanimously approved by the General Assembly.

Endorsement by other organizations of the IAHAIO Geneva Declaration 1995 and IAHAIO Prague Guidelines 1998. IAHAIO urges all international bodies concerned and all national governments to consider and activate these resolutions. If your organization adopts and promotes the resolutions, please contact the IAHAIO Secretary.


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IAHAIO conference stream and AGM 2017, California

IAHAIO is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a dedicated HCAB stream at the ISAZ conference on 24 June 2017 at the University of California, Davis, California, USA. The IAHAIO Annual General Meeting will take place on 23 June. Registration is now open. Full details, including the IAHAIO programme, can be found here. IAHAIO member, Pet Partners, is also offering 6 places to IAHAIO members for their Pet Partners Evaluator Training which will take place during the conference. Further details are available here.

IAHAIO White Paper - Animal assisted interventions

The IAHAIO White Paper outlining definitions and guidelines for animal assisted interventions and wellness of animals involved was endorsed by  IAHAIO members in 2014, and has now been translated into French, German, Dutch and Polish. An essential document for everyone involved in AAI. For further information, click here.

IAHAIO Digital Photo Contest

When you look at HAI, what do you see? HAI around the world

Open to all IAHAIO member organisations, the IAHAIO photo contest invites members to share their images of human-animal interactions with the IAHAIO community and help build our photo library. It carries a first prize of $500. Closing date for submissions is 15 May 2017. For contest rules and instructions. please click here.

Temple Grandin interview

We are delighted to share a video of Temple Grandin being interviewed by IAHAIO Board member, Brinda Jegatheesan, which was shown at the IAHAIO conference in July. Click here to view.

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.