The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations at AVMA


The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) will first the first time ever meet at the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and in fact for the first time ever share their accumulated science at a U.S. meeting (July 19-23, 2013 in Chicago). I talk with Dr. Rebecca Johnson, IAHAIO president and has the longest title ever – Professor (Nursing) and Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy Professor (Vet Med) and Director, Research Center for Human Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) MU College of Veterinary Medicine. Bottom line, she and her colleagues do the real research which demonstrates how interactions with pets may make us healthier as individuals and help us to live in a healthier society.

Anyone may come to the IAHAIO Conference, and therefore can attend the AVMA Convention….HERE’S how to do it:

1. First, click HERE

2. LHS: Click on the 2nd button – which is BLUE and says REGISTER

3. Takes you to a new page that has numerous buttons

4. Click on the button that says IAHAIO

5. There are 3 fields that you may or may not need to fill in.

a. The first one is HOUSING DISCOUNT CODE. Instructions are provided by

clicking on the ‘WHAT’S THIS?” If it applies to you enter the information.

b. The second one reads as MEMBER ID. Ignore this. It is for AVMA specific attendees.

c. The third one reads as VIP CODE. The information is already entered by the system. So you don’t have to enter anything further.

6. Click on CONTINUE

7. New page asks for your PERSONAL INFORMATION. Enter all information that is

asked of you. On the RHS you will see a visual of your conference badge being prepared.

8. Proceed to CHECK OUT with payment.