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Get Involved: New Research Group

Call for expressions of interest to join a research group in Early Childhood Educational Anthrozoology (based at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

The research group has a particular focus on developing connections between researchers who are looking at the ways in which;

  • young children’s animals-related learning is scaffolded by early education professionals and in education settings
  • child-animal relationships are supported/managed in different early education contexts
  • adults develop young children’s thinking about anthrozoology

and how;

  • practice varies in different contexts
  • teaching and learning is connected to local and global initiatives

Within the research group, a journal is being developed – the Journal of Early Childhood Educational Anthrozoology – which members are encouraged submit to.

If you would like to join the ECEA research group, please email ecea@ljmu.ac.uk in the first instance, with a brief synopsis of your research background and your interests as they relate to the focus of the research group.

Please share this information with others who might be interested in the group. There is a new page on Facebook ‘Early Childhood Educational Anthrozoology – ECEA – research group’

Get Involved: Help with AAT research

Masters student Kerry Townsend invites practitioners who deliver animal-assisted therapy (AAT) sessions to complete a brief (10-15 minute) online questionnaire.

This is a student research project, undertaken as an element of the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

The study aims to survey the skills and activities worked on by people who practise AAT across the UK. The researcher is particularly interested in stroke rehabilitation, however it is not necessary for you to have prior knowledge or experience in stroke rehabilitation or occupational therapy to complete the questionnaire. Participation is entirely voluntary.

You will be contributing to research that hopes to inform the evidence base for AAT. The study is sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University and has been reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Committee.

Please complete the questionnaire by 13th of September 2015 (date has been extended).

Questionnaire link: http://goo.gl/forms/zyfVTHKd1p
Any questions please contact Kerry Townsend, Kerry.L.Townsend@student.shu.ac.uk

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – HAI RESEARCH

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – HAI RESEARCH

The WALTHAM® Human–Animal Interaction (HAI) Research Programme is pleased to announce the availability of £340,000 (approximately 524,000 USD) in 2015 to fund high quality research into the impact of companion animals on human cognition or academic outcomes.

Although animals are often included in educational settings for a variety of purposes, there is little empirical research documenting the efficacy of such practices. In the absence of an assessment system for these activities there are significant gaps in our understanding of the potential impact of animals on measures of academic success. Fundamental research is required to provide an evidence base to inform practice and guide educators and administrators on when, and under what circumstances, animal presence or animal ownership may be pedagogically valuable.

Specific areas of research eligible for funding under this call include but are not limited to the following categories:

  • Reading/literacy
  • Academic learning outcomes
  • Aspects of cognition (executive function, memory, learning, categorization, language etc.)
  • Stress/anxiety reduction
  • Classroom behaviours impacting academic success
  • Physical activity and cognition/learning
  • Typical and/or special populations (e.g. ADHD, autism spectrum, etc.)

Deadlines:

Letter of Intent: Prior to submitting a formal application, investigators are required to submit a Letter of Intent to Dr. Nancy Gee (nancy. gee@effem.com) by June 1, 2015.

Application: The application deadline is June 31, 2015.

Further details and the application can be downloaded from the WALTHAM
website:
http://www.waltham.com/waltham-research/other-funding-opportunities/

Job vacancy at Dogs for the Disabled

Dogs for the Disabled is seeking a full time AAI Services Development Adviser on a two year fixed term contract to lead the focused development of the charity’s Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) services.

Specifically, the post will develop and implement detailed business plans, create the required staffing structures and ensure commercial opportunities within the charity’s wider operation are optimised.

Further information and a full job description is available from the Dogs for the Disabled website.

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy or want to discuss the role further, please e-mail Peter Gorbing, Chief Executive on peter.gorbing@dogsforthedisabled.org

Loneliness – Operation Meet the Street – BBC

ad3456fa20b2fd91c2b1311bc78d5c2a_1This week, the BBC have been airing a new series looking at loneliness in Britain.  James Martin takes celebrities back to a street they grew up on to see who lives there now and help set up a local social network in a campaign designed to tackle the issue of loneliness in the UK.

You can watch the episodes on BBC iPlayer.  Tomorrow’s episode will be touching on how animals can help combat loneliness for some people.  You can watch it at 9.15am tomorrow morning (Thursday 18th December) and the final episode is on Friday at the same time in the morning.

Watch Operation Meet the Street on BBC iPlayer

More information about the benefits of the human-animal bond can be found on the SCAS website.  We’ve prepared a special page to signpost you to some of the most relevant parts of our website HERE.

ICAC Kobe 4th International Conference – July 2015

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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:

Food Safety/Zoonosis,
One Plan Approach ~Integrated Way to Live in Coexistence with Wild Animals~,
Education/Human-animal Relations,
Other.

ICAC are still accepting applications for the professional presentations and the poster displays.

ICAC KOBE 2015 Official Website

Oral Session Application Guideline

Poster Session Application Guideline

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 events@opening-doors.org.uk

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.