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ICAC Kobe 4th International Conference – July 2015


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,

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.

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.

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.

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:

People and Animals – Exploring approaches to mutual health and wellbeing

iStock_000010073664_ExtraSmallA networking event, hosted by Hereford Community Farm and Dogs for the Disabled will be held on Friday 15th November at Hereford Community Farm in Herefordshire.

SCAS will be presenting the Animal-Assisted Interventions Code of Practice as part of the day-long programme that will also include presentations and workshops from:

  • Developing AAI work at Dogs for the Disabled – by Helen McCain
  • Animal Assisted Intervention International – Peter Gorbing, Dogs for the Disabled
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – by David Tidmarsh, Equine Assisted Solutions
  • Animals and practitioners – by Jane Fossey, Associate Director or Psychological Services Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Working with small animals  – Julie Milsom, Hereford Community Farm
  • Working with dogs – Katie Bristow-Wade, Team Leader of the PAWS project at Dogs for the Disabled
  • Working with horses  – David Tidmarsh

There is also a networking dinner in the evening.

Price to attend the day is £40 per person and an additional £15 per person to attend the dinner.

For full programme, details and booking arrangements please contact Katie Bristow-Wade via email or phone Katie on 07841 517543.

Numbers are limited so prompt booking is recommended.