Free SCAS Conference Places

Each year, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) gives away a limited number of free conference places to delegates from developing countries who are interested in the relationship between humans and companion animals, and how they can protect and nurture this bond. This year, we are looking to give away five free places to those who are interested in pets in housing issues that would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons, but believe that attendance at the conference could provide the knowledge and understanding to support the cause in their home country.

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SCAS Chairperson Dr Elizabeth Ormerod has been nominated for a PAAWstival 22 award!

Alongside many other worthy contenders, SCAS Chairperson Dr Elizabeth Ormerod has been nominated for a PAAWstival 22 award in the ‘Gamechangers’ category. This category recognises the people who inspire us as campaigners & advocates doing great things for animals’ welfare from raising awareness to changing the law.

Please consider Voting for Dr Elizabeth Ormerod!

August 8 is International Cat Day!

August 8 is International Cat Day – one of the 365 days of the year we can celebrate our feline companions. Every day is ‘cat day’ for those of us who share our lives with cats, but International Cat Day allows us to reflect on what makes cats so special. SCAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and wellbeing of cats as companion animals, and now has a monthly SCAS-authored blog on Katzenworld.

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The challenges of no pets accommodation, by Dr Elizabeth Ormerod BVMS

SCAS Chairperson Dr. Elizabeth Ormerod has written an article for Vet Times on the Challenges of no pets accommodation.  

In the first of a three-part series, this first article will provide an overview of pets in housing issues, discuss progressive legislative developments and explain why addressing pets in housing issues is the current priority for the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS).

Pets in Housing is the focus of this year’s annual SCAS conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’ (Register here).

The CATalyst Council grant program might be of interest to some of our members based in North America!

‘Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to fund efforts that increase the medicalization of companion cats. Areas of interest could include telemedicine, animal welfare/sheltering, data collection, access to care and or preventive care’ (Call closes 15 Oct):

Funding from the WALTHAM™ Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) programme

The Waltham Petcare Science Institute HAI research funding call is now open! Up to a value of 255,000 USD over 3 years. Not bound by geographical location. Preferred research areas include: under-researched populations, impact on mental health, and the role of technology in HAI across different populations.

Closes 15 Nov 2022

3x Academic Positions in HAI: The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is excited to invite applications for three full-time, research-focused, tenure-eligible faculty positions (open-rank) focusing on human-animal interaction. They are especially interested in candidates who focus on interactions with domestic species and research questions related to the human-animal bond. A full description of these positions and application instructions can be found here: