2019 SCAS Conference

Companion Animals and Us: One Welfare

Saturday 21 September 2019, 9am-4.30pm

The College of Animal Welfare, Headland House, Chord Business Park, London Road, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2BQ

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Join Us

Join us for this one-day conference, on Saturday 21 September 2019, and help us to celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS). This year’s conference will provide a holistic view of the links between companion animals, us and One Welfare. The conference aims to provide attendees with talks on a range of thought provoking, and sometimes controversial, topics. These will provide a platform for an afternoon of workshop discussions. The workshops provide a space for sharing ideas that we can apply to help inform and engage the pet owning and non-owning public to the betterment of One Welfare.

One Welfare is the recognition that Animal Welfare, Biodiversity and the Environment are all intricately connected to Human Wellbeing. The keeping of companion animals touches on all of these areas. Assistance animals and pets can provide benefits to individual people and communities, but this is not a one-way transaction. Certainly many pets enjoy interesting and enjoyable lives and the benefits are reciprocal. However, where the human’s needs and/or perspectives are the main focus, there is potential for decreased welfare of the individual animals. Perhaps less recognised are the effects animal ownership has on the wider aspects of One Welfare.


Registration, coffee and opening of the exhibition will start at 8am. The lecture programme will start promptly at 9am.

The day will begin with a reflective look at the range of activities and achievements of SCAS over the last 40 years. This will provide a perspective to the challenges of the future. This will be followed by an overview of the links between companion animals and one welfare. Then two specific talks will focus on issues of One Welfare in respect of domestic and exotic companion animal species. As pet ownership and the human population both increase worldwide, so does the need for housing. However, there are many perceived, and actual concerns around housing people and animals. The final talk of the morning will provide a national and international update of some of these and how they are being addressed.

Poster Submissions

In addition, there is the opportunity to submit abstracts for poster presentation. These should relate to the field of Companion Animal Studies, addressing the theme of the conference.

All poster abstracts should be submitted by Thursday 20 June 2019 by email to info@scas.org.uk. You will receive an email informing you of whether your poster has been accepted during the first week of July.

The winner will receive a £75 amazon voucher and the runner up a £25 amazon voucher!

Download a word version of the poster abstract submission form.
Download a PDF version of the poster abstract submission form.


We are delighted to have an excellent team of speakers from a range of backgrounds, all well-respected experts in their field; making this a day not to be missed!


Dr Anne McBride PhD, Hon Ass. Mem. BVNA, Hon Ass. Mem. BSAVA, ABTC CAB
Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Interactions, and Animal Behaviour, University of Southampton

Dr Elizabeth Ormerod BVMS
SCAS Chairman; Vice President of The International Association of Human-animal Interaction Organisations (IAHAIO); Trustee of Our Special Friends; Co-founder and Vice President of Canine Partners, and visiting lecturer to veterinary schools.

Clifford Warwick PGDipMedSci CBiol CSci EurProBiol FOCAE FRSB
Consultant Biologist and Medical Scientist

Vicki Betton BA (Hons), PGDip IDM
Veterinary Policy and Campaigns Manager, PDSA

Debbie Rook LL.B (Hons); LLM; Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
Principal Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne


  1. SCAS Members and Students – £45
  2. Non SCAS members – Early Bird Price (bookings until 30 June 2019) – £75
  3. Non SCAS members – Bookings made from 1 July 2019 onwards – £90

Not a member of SCAS?
This year we are offering a special rate where you can attend the conference AND get a year’s SCAS individual membership for just £70 – That’s less money than the non-member conference rate! You will have the option to select this option on the online booking form.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

Book a place online here.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone with an interest in the relationship between animals and people
  • SCAS members
  • Landlords, tenants’ associations, housing trusts, those involved in housing
  • Social workers
  • MPs and Government representatives
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • NICE representatives, NHS staff, mental health workers
  • Vets, veterinary nurses, animal welfare organisations
  • Care home organisations, housing charities, Age Concern,
    other stakeholders
  • Press

Exhibition Stands

Does your organisation wish to have a display stand at the conference? We have a limited number of stand spaces available. The price of these is as follows:

  • SCAS member organisations – free of charge (please note this applies to organisation membership not individual membership)
  • Non SCAS member organisations (commercial companies) – £100
  • Non SCAS member organisations (charities) – £50

If you are interested in booking a space please contact us.

Travel and accommodation

Further details on travel and accommodation can be found on The College of Animal Welfare’s website 

Rail: The closest station is Huntingdon, which is a five minute taxi ride away from the venue. It is on the main line from London King’s Cross and Peterborough.

Road: The College of Animal Welfare has excellent main road access being only half a mile from the A14, a few miles from the A1 and just a few minutes away from Huntingdon town centre.