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People & Animals Networking Day – Friday 20 September 2019

If you are coming along to our 2019 Conference on Saturday 21 September 2019, why not combine it with a visit to nearby People & Animals Networking day on Friday 20 September 2019? 

People & Animals UK are a Community Interest Company, specialising in providing Animal-Assisted Interventions in the form of therapy, education, activities, as well as practical training and professional networking days since 2013. Continue reading

SCAS 2019 Conference Now Open for Registration

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) is delighted to announce that its 2019 conference, ‘Companion Animals and Us: One Welfare’, is now open for registration. To be held on Saturday 21 September 2019 at The College of Animal Welfare in Cambridgeshire, if you are passionate about the relationship between humans and animals, this conference is for you! Continue reading

Research Request: AAI therapists wanted for research project

We have been approached by a student from the University of Liverpool who is looking to interview a number of therapists who are are using Animal Assisted Interventions. If you are able to help please contact the student on the contact details below. Please note: The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) takes no responsibility for this research, and any queries or issues,must be directed to the researcher themselves.   Continue reading

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A Dog in School – How do we plan for that?

Speaking at a recent conference about the need to improve young people’s sense of wellbeing, Sir Anthony Seldon was quoted as saying ‘Every school should have a dog or another pet to reduce stress in the classroom’ and that it is ‘a powerfully cost-effective way of helping children feel more secure at schools’. Sir Anthony has been a longstanding advocate of the need for schools and universities to pay much more attention to mental health and the emotional wellbeing of pupils. Continue reading

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is an organisation that was set up following the murder of British MP Jo Cox. Launched in January 2017, the commission planned to find ways to combat loneliness in the United Kingdom.

As part of this campaign, the organisation put out a call for submissions and the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) responded. Our submission can be read below:

Read the SCAS Submission to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

 

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2018 SCAS Conference: Pets and Housing – Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Saturday 17 March 2018 saw delegates come from across the UK to The College of Animal Welfare in Cambridgeshire for the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) conference on pets and housing.

For decades, SCAS and its membership have had an active interest in the issues surrounding pets in housing; working to inform government and raise awareness of the health and social benefits from owning pets, and highlighting the potentially devastating consequences of having to surrender pets due to lack of positive pets in housing legislation. Continue reading