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ISAZ 2024 Workshop: SCAS Code of Practice

SCAS Code of Practice: Moving Towards a UK Consensus for Minimum Standards in Animal Assisted Interventions

Together with past SCAS Trustee, Vangelis Diamantakos, Liz Omerod (SCAS Chairman) will lead a 3-hour workshop, advocating for minimum global standards in Animal Assisted Services at the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Conference at Hartpury University, UK (28-30 June, 2024). Joined by invited speakers, Prof Marie Jose Enders Slegers, Dr Anne McBride, Tim Stafford and Seline Gibson, the workshop includes breakout groups in which delegates will share their views and experiences. The information collated during the workshop will be considered for inclusion in updating the SCAS Code of Practice. 

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Reduced rate for SCAS members to attend Dr. Aubrey Fine lecture at Hartpury!

SCAS members receive a 50% discount to attend this wonderful lecture at the Hartpury University campus, which is scheduled for the evening before the ISAZ conference the university is hosting this year! Wednesday 26th June, 6.30pm

To benefit from this and similar discounts and other benefits, join SCAS for only £25 per year (or our special student rate of only £15)!

Dr Aubrey Fine (Editor of the first 6 editions of Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy and many other great books) will be ‘launching’ Hartpury’s new Master’s programme in Animal Assisted Counselling and Psychotherapy, and sharing his journey through Animal Assisted Services.

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Meet the Communications Team

Have you ever wondered who is behind SCAS’s social media posts, website updates, and emails? The Communications Team is a group of dedicated individuals who bring diverse skills and experience, while all sharing the same passion for the human–companion animal bond.

As part of our efforts to deliver our ambitious communications plan, we recently welcomed three new volunteers to the team: ParizadBaria-Unwalla, Émilie Crossley, and Lori Hoy.

Get ready to meet the people driving our communication efforts forward!

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Knowledge is Flower: Garden Safety for Pets

The theme for National Gardening Week 2024 (29 April–5 May) is ‘Knowledge is Flower.’ All week, experts at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be on hand myth-busting, debunking and demystifying the wonderful world of gardening.

Dr Elizabeth Ormerod BVMS discusses potential risks to be aware of and ways to ensure gardens are safe for our pets.

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