SCAS Annual Conference

Interdisciplinary Innovation: How can we advance research and practice in human-animal interactions?
**Sunday 20 October 2024 (Online)**

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General admission (non-members): £65.71
SCAS members (become a member for £25): £33.22
SCAS student members (become a SCAS member £15): £16.96

Call for poster presentations

Submit abstracts here:

Programme Outline (Subject to minor changes)

Thank you to our sponsor, VetSkill, for their generous support of this conference.

About VetSkill:
VetSkill is an Ofqual and CCEA-approved awarding organisation and professional regulatory body. Our aim is to empower learners to achieve their full potential with inspirational qualifications. VetSkill has a growing portfolio of qualifications available for delivery and also offer end-point assessment services. We welcome enquiries from those who are interested in our services and supporting our mission.

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Talks and Speakers confirmed so far…

KEYNOTE TALK: Palliative Care and the role of companion animals

Emeritus Professor Sam Ahmedzai 

Abstract: to be added shortly. 

To be added shortly.

The SCAS Code of Practice

Dr. Elizabeth Ormerod and Dr. Vangelis Diamantakos
Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)

Abstract: to be added shortly. 

To be added shortly.

Title tbc

Michael Kaufmann
Green Chimneys

Abstract: to be added shortly. 

To be added shortly.

Workshop A: Emotional Support animals Workshop 

Janet Hoy-Gerlach 

Details coming soon…

Workshop B: Ethical Considerations in Animal Assistance

Risë VanFleet 

Details coming soon…

Workshop C: Innovations in Animal Assisted Interventions

Claire Guest 

Details coming soon…

Workshop D: Cross disciplinary Collaboration

Brinda Jegatheesan

Details coming soon…

Presentation of The Bob Harvey Award

Nominations Now Open For The Bob Harvey Award 2024 (Closes 6 Sept 2024)

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2023 SCAS Conference

Missed the 2023 SCAS Conference ‘Are pets really good for us? The role of pets in mental and physical health?’

If you missed the conference, the recording is now available to purchase at a cost of £60 to non members and £30 to SCAS members. Email

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our speakers and chair for making the event such a success.