The first International Conference on Animal Care (ICAC) Kobe was started in 2009, 15 years after the 1995 Kobe Earthquake (Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake) caused tragic human and animal suffering. Commemorating 20 years since the Kobe Earthquake, the 4th International Conference on All Creatures Care in KOBE 2015 will be held in July 2015. This conference aims to improve the welfare of animals all over the world by showing that our responsibilities extend far and wide within and beyond our society.
The ICAC KOBE 2015 programme includes a keynote, symposium, and reception, as well as a presentation by professionals and poster displays by graduate students.
The professional presentations (oral sessions) have four themes, including:
One Plan Approach ~Integrated Way to Live in Coexistence with Wild Animals~,
ICAC are still accepting applications for the professional presentations and the poster displays.
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.
We 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.
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 sections: Welfare 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.
“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.
Our popular booklet “Death of an Animal Friend” is now available for Kindle through Amazon. Kindle books can also be read using a variety of other devices using one of the free Kindle Apps, including computers, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets.
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.
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.
Dr 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.
Approximately 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.