Recordings now available from the SCAS 2021 conference ‘Animal-Assisted Interventions: Research meets Practice’

Our 2021 annual conference ‘Animal-Assisted Interventions: Research meets Practice’ was held on Sunday 19 September 2021. Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our speakers and chair for making the event such a success.

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 Alison German on

Next year’s conference will be held on Sunday 18 September 2022 – Save the date!

Centers for the Human-Animal Bond (CHAB) virtual conference (4 Nov 2021)

The Centers for the Human-Animal Bond (CHAB) 2021 conference is being held virtually on 4th Nov. Registration is free, and provides opportunities for engaging with plenaries and panels on human-animal interaction. The programme includes a talk from Prof. Daniel Mills, from the University of Lincoln on ‘Pet Related Activities And Human Well-being: The Helpful And The Harmful’.

Full programme and registration here.

New Publications Highlight Impact of Companion Animals on Loneliness During the Pandemic

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Mars Petcare, with support from a broad Consortium of partners, today announced the publication of three papers in the open-access Journal Animals, part of a special issue focused on the role of companion animals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Isolation and the Roles That Animals Play in Supporting the Lives of Humans: Lessons for COVID19. The papers focus on the role of human-animal interaction (HAI) in helping to alleviate loneliness and social isolation during the pandemic.

Experiences with Pets Study

Download the flyer here.

Are you 18 years or older?

Do you currently live with a pet?

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information, download the flyer here.

The goal is to develop and validate a measure that is able to capture general pet-related stress. You will be asked to complete an online survey that takes about 10 minutes.

To participate, either scan the QR code in the attached flyer or click on this link.

The research team can be contacted on 804-220-1182 (U.S. only) or via email

Call for Papers: Special issue of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB) Animal hospice/ palliative care, euthanasia, and grief/loss related to companion animals Paper submissions due by: January 13, 2022

Authors are invited to submit articles for the special edition of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin on pertinent aspects of hospice/palliative care, euthanasia, or grief/loss related to companion animals.

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