A charity based in Leamington Spa (UK) are recruiting a Canine Science Assistant to train puppies to be guide dogs for people with sight loss. The position is for 12 months and the salary is £23,173.
Applicants must have experience working with or handling animals as well as a degree in a science or animal behaviour related subject. Those without a relevant degree must have at least two years of experience working with animals.
Many researchers, and especially independent scholars and those in-between positions, have limited access to important research because many papers are stuck behind a paywall.
However, there is some good news regarding proposals to make scientific papers accessible to all. The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 41st session, in November 2021. Click here to read more.
Dr. Anastasia Stellato, in the
Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University, is currently
seeking a PhD student, with expected start date Fall 2022. The PhD student will
lead canine welfare research that aims to evaluate the influence of
human-animal interactions on the behavior and welfare of companion animals, and
to identify ways to prevent and reduce animal stress.
We are delighted that the feedback
from those who participated in the annual SCAS conference, Animal-Assisted Interventions: Research meets Practice, was
overwhelmingly positive. Attendees said they registered to become more educated
in AAI research, theory, and practice, and those who responded to our survey
were not disappointed. 94% said their overall conference experience was ‘good’
or ‘extremely good’, and no one said it was bad. When asked if they would recommend
the conference to a friend or colleague, the vast majority (94%) responded that they
were likely or highly likely to recommend attending next year.
General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic is seeking a postdoctoral Research Fellow to join their team under the mentorship of Dr. Arya Mohabbat to research the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) on patient stroke rehabilitation. This research involves a collaborative study between Purina and Mayo Clinic. A clinical trial will evaluate the possible benefits of the presence of a therapy dog for patients seen for inpatient acute stroke rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic.
In particular, it will assess the emotional and well-being state of the patients and the therapy dogs, as well as changes in rehabilitative status during these sessions.
Whilst a lot of the time when we think of animal-assisted interventions we think of the potential benefits to the people involved, it is so important that the welfare of the animals is paramount and they also enjoy the experience.
Back in May, SCAS trustee, Evangelos Diamantakos (an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors), carried out a webinar on recognising signs of stress in dogs involved in dog-assisted interventions.
This International Stress Awareness Week we take a look at some of the studies that have taken place with university students to look at the potential stress relieving effects of animal-assisted interventions on this group of people. Research in this area is vital to ensure the wellbeing of both students and animals. #InternationalStressAwarenessWeek#StressAwarenessWeek
Many dogs are
frightened of fireworks, and whilst this can be unavoidable, there are some
steps you can take to prevent stress and fear if your dog has not experienced
them before, or to try to minimise it, if you have a dog that is already