Our commitment

IAHAIO is committed to providing information of the highest quality by respected and experienced researchers and practitioners involved in animal-assisted interventions and human-animal interactions.  In November 2020, we embarked on a series of regular webinars. Here you have access to the presentations made during the webinars, and where possible, full recordings are provided.


Currently, we do not charge for attendance at our webinars, but  these events do incur costs. If you’ve attended one of our webinars and found it interesting – perhaps it enhanced your understanding or answered some of your questions – we would be grateful if you would consider making a donation to support the continuation of our work in this area. If you haven’t attended our webinars but enjoy access to the recordings or videos, a donation would also be gratefully received.

We are delighted to receive support from CEVA for our webinar series!

Webinar: 25 February 2021, 1.5 hours

New international guidelines for equine care and welfare, and equine training and handling

This webinar showcased the publication of IAHAIO’s new international guidelines on the equine care and welfare, and equine training and handling for equines in therapy services, education and learning,  and adaptive/therapeutic riding (equine-assisted services). Drawing on extensive knowledge and experience, our three expert presenters explained why good welfare standards for equines are crucial and how service providers can ensure that equines are suitably trained and cared for when engaged in services.

You are encouraged to read the new IAHAIO guidelines which form the basis of this webinar and the discussions.

To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.

Webinar chair: Karin Hediger

Presenters: Kathy Alm (CEO Path Intl.), Terri Brosnan (Head of the Equine Assisted Therapy Unit in ChildVision) and Nina Ekholm Fry (University of Denver, Institute for Human-Animal Connection)

Webinar: 17 December 2020, 2 hours

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives – the way we live, work and interact with others. For many people delivering animal-assisted interventions, the pandemic has had a great impact on their programmes and new ways of thinking and practice have emerged.

In this webinar, practitioners from different parts of the world shared their experiences, insights and innovative approaches, showing us ways to keep humans and animals safe when delivering animal-assisted interventions in different contexts.

To view a recording of this webinar, click here.

Speakers and presentations

Dr Alicia Kennedy: Integrating Veterinary Social Work in to private veterinary practice during a pandemic- a multidisciplinary approach
Dr Alicia Kennedy is the veterinary founder of Cherished Pets, a social veterinary enterprise that supports the human animal bond through all life stages. She has established its charitable partner, Cherished Pets Foundation, that provides additional support for eligible elderly and disabled pet owners living alone in the community. Alicia is driven by her social purpose to enable the benefits of healthy companion pets to be accessible to everyone regardless of their status. She is recognized as a national leader in the areas of Pets & Healthy Ageing and Community Health. Alicia is on the National Advisory Committee for Lucy’s Project, an advocacy organization for Pets & Domestic Violence.

Melissa Y. Winkle: Animal Assisted Intervention Tips and Resources for Navigating Covid-19

Melissa Y. Winkle OTR/L, FAOTA, CPDT-KA is an Occupational Therapist & Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is President of Dogwood Therapy Services, Animal Assisted Intervention International, and adjunct faculty and clinical instructor at several universities and organizations, internationally, including Oakland University (MI), Center for Human Animal Interventions. Melissa is an OT Practitioner/AAI Instructor, Consultant, Author, Researcher, Advocate & Dog Trainer/Instructor and advocate, and is active in AAI research. She has published a series of books about AAT, available on Amazon.

Francesc Ristol: Positive implementation of dog assisted interventions programs in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic – challenges and learnings

Francesc Ristol is CEO of CTAC and holds a number of positions: Director of Animal Assisted Therapy Centre CTAC, Director of Animal Assisted Therapy training centre CECTAC and Director of CTAC dog assisted therapy programs in hospitals He is also co-author of several books including Animal Assisted Therapy: Techniques and Exercices for Dog Assisted Interventions, 47 Canine Positions CTAC, Animal Assisted Therapy: for early stimulation and physical rehabilitation and Assistance dog and therapy dog instructor

The webinar was chaired by Dr Michal Pregowski, IAHAIO Vice President Policy

Webinar: 19 November 2020, 2 hours


Animal well-being in AAI: Physiological, behavioural and emotional indicators

Speakers: Dr Lisa Glenk, Prof Daniel Mills, Prof Zenithson Ng

Videos available to download until 24 February 2021.


To view the video of the presentation by Dr Lisa Glenk “Physiological indicators of animal welfare in AAI”, click here.

To view the video the of the presentation by Prof Daniel Mills “Dog facial expressions of emotion”, click here.

To view the video of the presentation by Prof Zenithson Ng, click here.