Sara Karlberg has a bachelor degree in media and communications from Södertörns University in Stockholm. Quite soon after taking her degree and working as a tv-photographer she changed course and has studied public science, rehabilitation science, ethology, and psychology at different universities. She is also educated as a dog instructor. In 2008 she trained her first therapy dog and as a dog instructor with a therapy dog she started up the Swedish school for therapy dogs. Her organization has expanded to the Nordic schools for therapy dogs and has courses in Sweden, Finland and Norway. In 2008 she was one of the founders of the Scandinavian therapy dog association, a non-profit organization for the dog teams. 2011-2013 Sara was a member of the committee that developed the Swedish standard for training and educating dog teams in healthcare.
Sara has also been a board member of the Swedish HAI organization Manimalis who unfortunately is no longer active. She is also a frequent lecturer at the Swedish university of agriculture. 2018 Sara and her colleague Helena Eriksson published a book about animal assisted interventions who now have been translated in English (Animal assisted interventions, Professionals Embrace the Power of the Dog, 2020).
Sara is looking to apply her experience and expertise in AAI and, in particular, communications and social media to this IAHAIO Board role.