Free webinar – Stroke and PAT project with Sallie Bollans

LogoAnnouncing another free webinar from SCAS, this time presenting the Stroke and PAT project with Sallie Bollans from Stoke Rehab Dogs.

The webinar will take place on 15th September 2014 at 1pm (BST).  If you would like to attend the live webinar please register here: REGISTER TO ATTEND WEBINAR.

The Stroke and PAT scheme is a
collaborative partnership between Ruth Winston Centre and the national charity Pets As Therapy.

It offers stroke survivors the opportunity to incorporate a companion animal into their stroke rehabilitation treatment programme.  Pets As Therapy works in partnership with the lead professional Sallie Bollans of Stroke Rehab Dogs, to provide suitable volunteer PAT dog teams.

This free 45 minute webinar will offer an over-view of the project and the work that they do.  Useful for anyone interested in how AAI can be used in an occupational therapy setting, those associated with stroke rehabilitation or an interest in these areas generally.

Recordings of previous webinars are available for viewing from our webinar series pages.

SCAS Journal hard copy subscriptions now available

journalSummer14smWe know that some of you prefer to hold our journal in your hands and so we’ve now introduced the option to buy a subscription to the SCAS journal in hard copy format. Previously (and remaining as an option) you could buy individual copies of current and back issues but now you also have an option to receive your future copies of the SCAS journal by post as a hard copy.  This will be in the form of an annual subscription.

SCAS members continue to have free access to the electronic copy via the members only area.

The annual subscription buys 4 issues starting from the current issue and is available to purchase by Paypal subscription via our journal page, or you can send a cheque for the correct subscription amount (see below) made payable to Society for Companion Animal Studies.

Prices are: Annual subscription to SCAS journal hard copy by post:

Dispatched to UK destination: £30 per annum
Dispatched to EU destination: £40 per annum
Dispatched to destination outside the EU: £66 per annum

Please note that the summer journal 2014 will not be available for dispatch until approximately 1st July but is currently available to download from the members area.

Course on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law – St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Course on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law

7 to 19 September 2014 – St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK

Organised by Anthony L. Podberscek BVSc PhD, Centre for Animal Welfare & Anthrozoology, Department of Veterinary Medicine

Through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions, this course is designed to give attendees a solid background in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Past attendees have included veterinarians (working in practice or for government or animal charities), animal welfare researchers and students, and animal charity workers/campaigners, and have come from a wide variety of countries.

The Course is made up of five sectionsWelfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal Welfare; Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use; and Farm Animal Welfare.

For all the information on Course Details please visit the CAWSEL website.

From there you can also see course lecturers biographies from the Lecturers‘ tab and the full account of CAWSEL 2013 – via the blog of Josh Duffy.

Enquiries to Rose Padmore or Madalina Marincas by emailing

Caring Canines FREE webinar from SCAS

“Introducing Caring Canines” is a free webinar taking place on July 10th 2014 @ 1pm BST.

Caring Canines is a non-profit voluntary group working in the community around Bournemouth and Poole helping people of all ages and abilities to understand dogs and be confident in their company.  Sue and Julie from Caring Canines, who received a Queens Award for their work will be joining us to talk about their work and to answer questions.

Check out the Caring Canines website for more information about their work and visit our webinar page to book your place on this free webinar.

“Death of an Animal Friend” – now available for Kindle

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The price of the booklet has been reduced to only £2.50  (approx) for this Kindle edition and can be purchased from Amazon.

The paperback version of this booklet is still available for purchase directly from SCAS.


PAWS (Parents Autism Workshop Support) – Free webinar from SCAS

If you have an interest in the human-animal bond and how pets can help children with autism then this free webinar from SCAS will be of interest to you.

The PAWS project from Dogs for the Disabled brings together the parents and carers of children with autism to share experiences and to explore the helping potential that a pet dog might have within their family.


The free 45 minute webinar will take place on 17th June 2014 at 1pm BST.  For more details and to register to attend this and other related webinars please visit our AAI webinar series webpage.

Emotions of pets – can you read them?

_MG_1656Dr Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Professor of Anthrozoology at The Open University in the Netherlands, together with Professor Martens from the Maastricht University, is carrying out research into the emotions of pet animals and if pet ‘owners’ can recognize them.

If you would like to help with this research, you are invited to fill in the following questionnaire:

Pets for Life

Are you aware of our Pets for Life campaign?

BC_1232304Approximately one quarter of all people over retirement age own pets but SCAS research revealed that the majority of care homes and sheltered housing complexes in the UK do not have pet policies resulting in many older people having to part with their pets.

There are many situations where people of all ages find themselves facing difficulties and challenges when wishing to keep their pets with them in their homes. This can be as a result of a change in accommodation, a change in housing policies or other reasons beyond the control of the people and animals involved.

Find out more about our previous work with the Pets for Life campaign and get involved by joining one of our two new networking groups:

The Pets for Life Open Group is for people to discuss issues, share experiences or ask questions relating to the issues surrounding housing, homes, people and their pets. Everyone can join this group – so if you have been affected by housing and pet issues please do join the group and get involved.

The Pets for Life Working Group is for professionals and associates in the field to collaborate and work together with SCAS towards making positive change for people and their pets in relation to the issues people are facing with housing and pets.  If you would like to volunteer to help in this area and you have some relevant skills/background/knowledge to offer, please do request to join this group.

ISAZ abstract submissions deadline is nearing

Abstract deadline Jan 31 for the 23rd Annual Conference of the
International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) is approaching.

The meeting will be held July 19-21, 2014 – Vienna, Austria

Animals and Humans Together: Integration in Society.

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) invites submission of
both oral (15 minutes total) and poster abstracts for its 23rd Annual
Conference which will be held in Vienna, Austria on July 19-21, 2014. The
conference will focus on the role of human-animal interactions (HAI) in
society, including a range of empirical evidence for the effects of HAI on
human, animals and society. We also encourage the submission of free
papers on all other relevant topics in the field of HAI.

Research abstracts include:
1. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for
2. An introduction to the study and its objectives;
3. Methodology – including a description of the participants (both human
and animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a
description of the study design, data collection, and data analysis; 4.
Main results, including statistical test, significance levels and test
5. Conclusions and implications for the field. Only abstracts reporting
results will be eligible for oral presentation.

Critical review abstracts include
1. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for
2. An introduction to the objectives of the review;
3. Key literature references that have been reviewed or re-evaluated; 4.
Main findings, and
5. Principal conclusions and implications for the field.

Abstracts must be in English (UK or US spelling is both fine, please be
consistent), concise, informative and no longer than 4000 characters,
including references

All abstracts need to be submitted via the online submission system at Abstracts for oral presentations that are
not selected may be eligible for a posters. A sample abstract is provided
for reference at the abstract submission section.

Please indicate in the online submission system whether you want to
participate in the ISAZ Best Student Presentation/Poster Award.
Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st 2014.

Further information is available at the ISAZ website and on Facebook: