IAHAIO international triennial conference, 12-14 April 2019

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys


Our 2019 triennial conference took place at Green Chimneys, new Brewster New York in April 2019. Over 3 days, we had the opportunity to meet with over 300 friends and colleagues from around the globe, as we were treated to plenaries, short oral presentations, interactive topic sessions and poster presentations. A wonderful highlight of the conference was meeting the animals resident at Green Chimneys, learning about their needs and personalities, and their important role working with the children who attend Green Chimneys.

Thank you

IAHAIO extends its grateful thanks to our co-hosts:  all the hardworking staff at Green Chimneys who ensured that all the logistics ran smoothly and took great care of us, and staff and students the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, who provided great support before and during the conference.

IAHAIO also wishes to acknowledge the wonderful support and sponsorship of the following organizations:

Nestle Purina
The Friends and Family of Andy Stallman
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies
MARS Petcare

Conference handbook

The conference handbook provides details of the schedule, oral, poster, keynote presentations and topic sessions and can be downloaded here.

Keynote presentations

The keynote presenters have kindly shared the slides from their presentations. We also have a number of photographs and images taken from the conference. These can be found here.

Conference – video highlights

We are delighted to share a video that was made of the conference which includes highlights from the keynote speakers. This can be found here.

Winning poster presentation

Twenty one posters were presented at the conference, and delegates had the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster. The winning poster was “There is a cat on our ward: Inpatients’ attitudes towards and experiences with cats on a psychiatric ward” by Cora Wagner, Undine Land and Karin Hediger and can be viewed here.

IAHAIO William McCulloch Award winner 2019

We were delighted to honour the magnificent achievements of Ingrid Stephan, this year’s recipient of eh William McCulloch Award, for her wonderful contribution to education and practice in AAI. Read further about Ingrid’s work here.