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HETI's 16th International Triennial Congress

Catch the highlights from our 16th International Congress, held in Dublin, Ireland. Special guests included Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who was also the patron of HETI 2018.

Ann Kern Godal Scholarship Recipients 2019


Ann Kern-Godal’s Memorial fund for Horse-Assisted Therapy

Ann Kern-Godal’s memorial fund for Horse-Assisted Therapy announces scholarship recipients of 2019. Three candidates were selected with project applications from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil.


Mary Selway Swift Development Fund

It was Mary’s wish that this fund be used “to promote and improve the educational opportunities, training and quality of riding therapy through the development of therapeutic riding programmes internationally”. HETI will begin streamlining the application process for this in 2020. Watch this space for more news!


New HETI Journal Repository!


We have added a HETI Journal Repsoitory to allow easy access to browes abstracts and purchase articles.

Save the date!

Abstract submission and registration now open!

HETI News Summer 2019

Catch the highlights from The Latin America Forum of HETI who met in Argentina during the XIIth Journey on “Equinoterapia and Horses Assisted Psychotherapy, which took place at the Rural Exposition Center in Buenos Aires. Also we join new Business members center for Ridefysioterapi og Handicapriding, Denmark. Plus find out about HETIs Strategic goals in 2019.


On behalf of Ann Kern-Godal’s Memorial Fund for Horse-Assisted Therapy we are pleased to announce a new call for applications for 2020.

The fund’s purpose is to promote evidence-based research into horse-assisted therapy (HAT) for different patient groups.

Financial support is provided in the form of:

– Scientific scholarships

– Scientific prize

The foundation plans to distribute up to NOK 450 000 in this call. Especially promising research projects may receive support for up to 3 years.

The application deadline is October 15th 2020.

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The Erasmus+ project held its first virtual lecture today with 24 participants from HETI Federation, Festina Lente, Polish Hippoterapy association, Italian LAPO and Finnish Equine Facilitated Therapies Association.
Thank you all, we will continue tomorrow!

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If you are a native speaker of Swedish, Finnish, German, Russian, French, Greek we would like your input in the Terminology survey we conducted this year.

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Ainise Covid-19 survey

Our friends from AINISE, Spain ( have devised a survey to find out how your organisation has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is something that has impacted us all and we would love to hear your opinion and how you feel you can be best...

Attention Mental Health Practitioners, we want to hear from you!

Are you a therapist who includes animal interactions in psychotherapy or counseling sessions ("animal-assisted therapy", "equine-assisted therapy")? We are researchers from Texas Tech University and University of Denver conducting a study on how the COVID-19 outbreak...

GUL Job Opportunity

Gul is a busy centre providing Equine Assisted Learning for primarily young people with additional needs. The role will be based primarily from our beautiful 20 acre site in Shrewton but some off site working opportunities may be possible. The role responsibilities...

Regulation News – Brazil

Brazilian Government  to Regulate Equoterapia In May 2019 after approval of the National Governmental Congress, the President of Brazil signed a Federal Law which will be regulating the practices assisted with horses and also the Centers of “Equoterapia”. Equoterapia...

2015-2016 Membership Directory

2015-16 HETI Directory

Information and Resources about Covid 19

Here you will find information and resources about COVID-19. Please note however it has not been possible for HETI to quality assure all the information provided. Each country/territory will have its own response to COVID-19. Please defer to information from your national  association, government, or infection control body. If you do not have these organisations or structures in your country/territory, please defer to WHO guidelines.Please email any additional information or resources to be included to

Resources for Physical Therapy
While these materials have been produced for members in their country the resources may be useful to others, but should be reviewed for national relevance and applicability.

Australian Physiotherapy Association offering resources on advocacy, infection prevention and control, telehealth and business continuity. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know

Canadian Physiotherapy Association resources for advocacy, telehealth, and webinar series CPA COVID-19 resource centre

Union of Physiotherapists of the Czech Republic resource area covering local advice for members Information about the situation with COVID-19 for physiotherapists

French National Council of Physiotherapists resource area covering practice advice, working conditions and digital tools

German Association for Physiotherapy advice for members on infection prevention, working conditions and financial support. Current information for physiotherapy practices around coronavirus

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists resources for practice, infection prevention, telehealth and national direction. Member update: COVID-19

Physiotherapy New Zealand guidance for members and telehealth advice Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists resource area for physiotherapists and patients including links t national advice COVID-19 resources

Taiwan Physical Therapy Association exercise and wellbeing videos Video: relaxation and respiratory exercises and Video: exercises to boost the immune system

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK) resource centre including advice for practice, education, workplace, private practice, digital health and mental health and wellbeing. Information and guidance about coronavirus
American Physical Therapy Association resource area including practice guidance for members Coronavirus: Information for APTA Members

Occupational Therapy  Information and Resources

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists have compiled a list of International Resources


Additional Resources

American Hippotheray Association –Setting up Telepractice for OT, PT & SLP Services: The Basics 

Information and Resources – Covid 19 and Disabilities

UnicefCOVID-19 response: Considerations for Children and Adults with Disabilities 

WHO – Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

International Disability Alliance Key Recommendations toward a Disability-Inclusive COVID19 Response

UNPreventing discrimination against people with disabilities in COVID-19 response

Covid 19 – Disability and Mental health – You tube video of recent webinar (March 11th 2020)

Down Syndrome and the C Covid 19- Information from Down Syndrome International

Resources from the  European Disability Federation in response to Covid 19

World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, together with ENUSP, PANPD, TCI AP, CHRUSP & RLDP
Statement by regional and international organizations of people with psychosocial disabilities with recommendations in the context of COVID-19 pandemic

Research Resources

British Medical Journal – Best practice on Covid 19

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It provides a central access to 1120 (and growing) research articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

NCD Alliance has a resource centre collating and directing to resources in support of the population with NCDs, a vulnerable group for COVID-19.

The Lancet COVID-19 resource centre

Equestrian Resources

FEI Recommendations Covid 19

Additional Resources 

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) has compiled the following list of useful resources:

Information and resources from WHO

WHO has a dedicated COVID-19 area on their website, daily situation reports are made available and information is being updated all the time.

There is advice for the public on protecting yourself and they have produced a Handwashing video as well as myth busters.

The technical guidance section includes infection and prevention advice, advice for health workers including, rights, roles and responsibilities, maintaining good mental health, and patient management.

WHO’s online courses relevant to COVID-19 are available in a range of languages.
The WHO information network for epidemics, EPI-WIN, provides access to further resources and updates.

Information and resources from other organisations

Cochrane Special Collection: Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures available in available in Simplified Chinese, Farsi, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Special Collection: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): evidence relevant to critical care available in Simplified Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Japanese, Malay, and Spanish. Further translations are planned.

Consejo General de Colegios de Fisioterapeutas de Espana has produced Informacion Covid-19 para fisioterapeutas

European Commission COVID-19 response resource centre

Evidence Aid is a not-for-profit organisation which specialises in collating and summarising the best-available evidence about how to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies and they have a COVID resource section. Material is being translated.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world and has a course on COVID developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. They are offering free access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join their platform

References:Information and Resources about Covid 19 .

Check out HETI’s new online magazine ‘The Global Gallop’ containing member news from around the globe.