SCAS Chairman, Dr Elizabeth Ormerod writes: One of the workshops at the 2018 IAHAIO conference in Amsterdam was delivered by the Dolphin Swim Club, an innovative cutting-edge programme which employs virtual reality (VR) technology. By wearing waterproof VR goggles showing underwater video footage of dolphins, people perceive that they are underwater swimming with them. This very powerful and moving experience was enjoyed by the delegates – there was a swimming pool within the conference centre! Continue reading
The BetterwithPets Prize, valued at CHF 100, 000, offers a fantastic opportunity for human-animal bond programmes and projects to gain support for their work. The prize is aimed at supporting and expanding leading innovations and initiatives focused on harnessing the positive power of the pet-human bond. This is a European initiative and entry is open to applicants from any country in the European Union as well as Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Norway. Applicants will get the chance to win prizes totalling CHF 100,000 and receive feedback on their initiatives from experts in their field. Closing date for application is 15 April. Further details can be found here.
All SCAS members are invited to the SCAS Annual General Meeting on 17 March 2018, 1pm at the College of Animal Welfare, Headland House, London Road, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2BQ. The AGM will take place during the SCAS conference on Pets and Housing on the same day.
Please click here for a guide recently published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to help businesses understand what they can do to meet their legal duties to assistance dog owners under the Equality Act 2010.
SCAS is seeking to appoint new Trustees to help drive its development over the next few years. SCAS’s Board of Trustees needs members with business skills, management experience and understanding of charities. Relevant professions currently not represented on the SCAS Board include social sciences, health and social care, web and digital development and medicine, including psychiatry and psychology. Trustees should ideally have relevant experience of the human-animal bond and must have an interest in this special bond and a commitment to the work of SCAS. Potential Trustees should have the drive and enthusiasm to take the charity forward.
Nominations for the Board need to be returned by the 1st March 2018. Elections will take place at the AGM on the 17th March 2018.
Click here for further details of how to apply and the nomination form.