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Spirit in Mind Annual Conference Report

SCAS member Angela Barker, and her team recently organised this most wonderful conference held in the magnificent Dewsbury Minster in Dewsbury, Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Some of this impressive Minster date from the 12th C

The conference presentations encompassed human-animal interactions, animal welfare, horticulture therapy and nature education. There was much interest from the delegates and, as a result of the conference, it is intended that a special interest group will be established locally.

The first series of presentations were concerned with human-animal interactions and were delivered by SCAS members Elizabeth Ormerod, Angela Barker, Belinda Johnston and Rebecca Leonardi. These were followed by presentations addressing animal welfare, horticulture therapy and forest schools.

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Upcoming Conferences!

The Annual SCAS Conference: Are pets really good for us? The role of pets in mental and physical health. Online, 17 September 2023. Click here for details.

February 18, 2023IAHAIO 1ª CONFERENCIA en LATINOAMÉRICACiudad de México (MÉXICO)
February 20-21, 2023Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) Virtual ConferenceOnline
February 22-23, 2023Quit horsing around: Advancing horse welfare in AustraliaOnline
March 1, 2023Annual Conference on Natural Healing: Ecology and WellbeingDewsbury, UK
March 9-11, 2023Living With Animals ConferenceEastern Kentucky University, US
March 21-23, 2023Co-Sheltering Conference 2023
April 6, 20232nd conference on Animal Behaviour and Welfare in Africa
April 28-29, 2023Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Conference
Green Chimneys, NY, US
May 7-10, 2023Apartment Internet Marketing Conference (AIM Conference®)
Announcement of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation 2023 Pet Awards.
Huntington Beach, CA,
June 15-18, 2023International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Annual Conference
Edinburgh, Scotland
June 20-21, 2023Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
July 22-23, 2023Horses & Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) 2023 Conference
Centenary University, NJ, US
Sept 17, 2023The Annual SCAS Conference: Are pets really good for us? The role of pets in mental and physical health. http://www.scas.org.uk/home/scas-annual-conference/ Online

Annual Conference on Natural Healing: Ecology and Wellbeing

Supported by Spirit in Mind (SIM), a charity linked to the NHS, this one-day conference focuses on engagement with the healing energies of animals, plants and the natural world; Developing new pathways in mental health care.

Location: Dewsbury, UK

Date/Time: 1 March, 9.30am – 4pm

Registration: £10, but early booking is advisable as places are limited.

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CFP & Awards for the 32nd International Society for Anthrozoology Conference (ISAZ), 15-18 June 2023

Hosted by University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The theme for ISAZ 2023 is Anthrozoology: The Spectrum of Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships.

Call for papers (CFP): Submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, symposium, or workshop before 1 Feb 2023 here.

ISAZ is offering several merit-based awards of 1 yr membership & $250 in travel reimbursement to attend ISAZ2023:

  • Martha Bryant Student Travel Award
  • Penny L. Bernstein Human-Cat Interaction Student Travel Award
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award

Application deadline for the awards is 1 Feb 2023. Click here for more info.

Call for Posters to be presented at the 2022 SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’


Call for Posters to be presented at the 2022 SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’ on Sunday 18th September 2022 (Online).

Abstracts are now being accepted for posters related to the subject of pet-friendly housing (rental accommodation, nursing homes, temporary shelter). Please submit abstracts to info@scas.org.uk by Wednesday 30 June 2022 and type ‘SCAS2022 Poster’ in the email subject line. All abstracts must be submitted in English, the official language of the conference.

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Pets in the Crossfire of Family Violence – Video

“Pets in the Crossfire of Family Violence,” a one-hour video featuring numerous Link authorities, was aired by Twin Cities Public Television and has been made available to watch free online.

The video, seen below, is compiled from a Link conference at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and discusses the evolving role of pets in society, the links between animal abuse and human violence, child abuse/animal abuse connections, and domestic violence/animal abuse links.

The video is built around a presentation by Phil Arkow, with commentaries by Link authorities Diane
Balkin and Jane Hunt, plus experts from family & children’s services, animal-assisted therapy, marriage and family counseling, human-animal bond, and the veterinary college.

For further information relating to to “The Link” between animal abuse and human violence please visit The National Link Coalition.