“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.

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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:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pPkxr00J1D2bPSIaGxHMrl6-KI3hqlgHZEgGCdlMFdg/viewform

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
correspondence;
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
value
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
correspondence;
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
http://isaz2014.univie.ac.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:
http://www.isaz.net/conferences.html
https://www.facebook.com/ISAZ2014

Caring Canines receive British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List!

Many congratulations to Sue and Julie from Caring Canines, who have both been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

The citation includes the phrase “for services to dog assisted therapy…..”

Sue and Julie said that they have accepted the awards in the name of Caring Canines and hope that it will go a long way towards promoting the positive effects that therapy dogs can have on people.  They both went on to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the group.

Job Vacancy – Mars Petcare – Research Manager – Human-Animal Interaction

Mars Petscare have a job vacancy that may be of interest to you.

Research Manager – Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)

£45,000 – £54,000 + 2 bonus opportunities, car bonus, healthcare and pension

Waltham, Melton Mowbray, Leics.

As Research Manager HAI reporting to our Head of Research, your brief will be to lead a global research and communications programme which underpins a strategic pillar of our Global Petcare Vision:  to strengthen the human-animal bond and make the world a better place for pets.  You’ll play a critical role in delivering this through high-quality scientific research in collaboration with key academics and opinion formers, as well as public-private partnerships.  That’ll involve the development and execution of a five-year strategy to improve the quality of our HAI research continuously in alignment with business priorities.  So you’ll need to:

  • monitor the latest developments within this field
  • create internal and external expertise networks
  • act as the authoritative source of information and advice on HAI for our global business.

With at least a PhD in an Ethological, Psychological, Veterinary or Health-related science discipline, you already have a proven track record within biological/veterinary scientific research, ideally involving close collaboration with NGOs/government bodies.  Your hearty appetite for constantly acquiring new scientific knowledge will complement your skills in networking and setting strategic research goals and measures.  With a clear passion for high-quality HAI research and its application, you’re readily be able to build and leverage professional networks.  Your attributes will also include:

  • the gravitas to represent Waltham within scientific and professional communities and across Mars Petcare
  • a strong drive for results

And of course, you’ll have that passion for pets.

More information about this post here:

http://www.mars.com/global/careers/job-search/job-details.aspx?JobReferenceNo=WAL00608

Open for applications – Introduction to Animal-Assisted Interventions

We are happy to announce that the “Introduction to Animal-Assisted Interventions” course is now open for applications for our January 2014 intake.

The course is delivered online over 13 weeks with full tutor support.

Full details of the course, the technical requirements and how to apply can be found HERE.

Places are limited so please do get your application in sooner rather than later.  We will be announcing two further intake dates for later in 2014 soon.

 

 

SCAS Journal Autumn/Winter 2013 – hard copies now available

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After a break from publication as a result of our restructure, members should now be aware that the SCAS Journal for Autumn/Winter 2013 is now available for free download from the members-only area of our website.

If you are a SCAS member and have not yet registered on our new website in order to access the members-only area please do so HERE.

Hard copies of the journal are now also available and can be purchased securely online or by cheque.  Please order your hard copies HERE.

From Spring 2014 the SCAS journal will continue to be published quarterly.