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IAHAIO Symposium 2015, Copenhagen

May 28, 2015 - May 30, 2015

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 organization, Trygfonden.

The symposium was very well attended with over 80 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.


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 organizations in support of this event: Mars Petcare, Nestle Purina and Chang-Pa AAT Center.

View the speaker biographies and abstracts here.

Read more about the workshops here.


May 28, 2015
May 30, 2015