The effects of assistance dogs on psychosocial health and wellbeing: A systematic literature review

Last year, SCAS Awarded Open Access funding to support the publication of this research.

The field of human-animal interaction has seen tremendous growth; more and more research is attempting to scientifically quantify how dogs may be beneficial for our health and wellbeing. As we continue to see this growth in the field, systematic literature reviews are incredibly important to summarise what we do and do not know, as well as identify gaps for future research.  

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The Importance of Teaching Children about Animal Welfare

Elizabeth Ormerod (SCAS Chair), March 2021

Teaching children about animal welfare and preventive medicine is very important, and it should be a core curriculum subject. During the 28 years that we had a companion animal practice, I gave lessons in our local schools at least once a year.  Children enjoyed the topics, and I found school visits really uplifting, helping to counteract the stresses of practice. I was therefore delighted to be asked to provide a Zoom lesson for a Primary school recently, as part of British Science Week (March 5-14).

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SCAS Webinar: Dog-Assisted Interventions: Recognising signs of stress in body language – Thursday 6 May 2021

We are delighted to announce a new series of monthly webinars for 2021. The first of these will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 7pm and will be run by SCAS Trustee, Evangelos Diamantakos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD cand, an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC, UK).

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Are you looking to carry out research into pets in housing issues?

Our 2021 round of funding is now open for application and, as pets in housing is a topic that is gaining increasing traction, funding grants will be awarded to projects which research this important aspect of the human animal bond. There are three different types of grants available: five pump priming awards, two undergraduate student project awards and one award to support open access publication. All applications must be received by 30 April 2021.

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Love your Pet Day 2021: Aging people and pets

As we celebrate International Love Your Pet Day on 20th February, it is good to pause and reflect on how much dogs enrich our lives. They are often seen as ‘family members’ who offer us affection, fun, and emotional and physical support. Increasing evidence shows the health and well-being benefits that canine companions may bring to older adults (Enders-Slegers & Hediger, 2019; Gee & Mueller, 2019). That relationship can change over time, particularly as both dog and owner age, impacting healthy, active aging for both parties. SCAS trustee Dr. Sandra McCune and Dr. Daniel Promislow recently gave a webinar on this topic which is based on a forthcoming paper in the Frontiers journals’ Research Topic, ‘Our canine connection; The history, benefits and future of human-dog interactions’.

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