Level 1 Animal Assisted Play Therapy Workshop: 27-30 June 2021

The International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® are holding a 4 day in-person Level 1 Animal Assisted Play Therapy Workshop from the 27-30 June 2021. This training programme is designed for play therapists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychiatrists, family therapists, and other experienced mental health, medical, allied health, and educational professionals.

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SCAS Pets in Housing Funding Grants: Deadline extended until 31 May 2021

In February 2021, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), launched its 2021 round of funding to support research into Pets in Housing issues; a topic that SCAS has been passionate about for over 40 years.

In order to give additional time to those looking to apply, the deadline for returned applications has been extended to 31 May 2021.

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Our Family Dog – Community Forum Moderators Wanted!

Would you like to help new puppy owners to give their pets the best start in life? If you are a dog trainer or behaviourist accredited by the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC), or students working towards an ABTC-accreditation, Our Family Dog – an online community providing advice and support to first-time dog owners – would love to hear from you.

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Bob Harvey and his Little Dog Darcie – The Final Chapter

On Saturday 10th April 2021 the sun set on the final chapter of the extraordinary story of Bob Harvey and his little dog Darcie. Their story was a remarkable one – one of resilience, fortitude and love. Bob and his wife Margaret had been together for over 50 years and around 14 years ago they were joined by a third member to complete their little family – their miniature Schnauzer Darcie.  They would all become inseparable, each incomplete without the others.

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The effects of assistance dogs on psychosocial health and wellbeing: A systematic literature review

Last year, SCAS Awarded Open Access funding to support the publication of this research.

The field of human-animal interaction has seen tremendous growth; more and more research is attempting to scientifically quantify how dogs may be beneficial for our health and wellbeing. As we continue to see this growth in the field, systematic literature reviews are incredibly important to summarise what we do and do not know, as well as identify gaps for future research.  

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The Importance of Teaching Children about Animal Welfare

Elizabeth Ormerod (SCAS Chair), March 2021

Teaching children about animal welfare and preventive medicine is very important, and it should be a core curriculum subject. During the 28 years that we had a companion animal practice, I gave lessons in our local schools at least once a year.  Children enjoyed the topics, and I found school visits really uplifting, helping to counteract the stresses of practice. I was therefore delighted to be asked to provide a Zoom lesson for a Primary school recently, as part of British Science Week (March 5-14).

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SCAS Webinar: Dog-Assisted Interventions: Recognising signs of stress in body language – Thursday 6 May 2021

We are delighted to announce a new series of monthly webinars for 2021. The first of these will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 7pm and will be run by SCAS Trustee, Evangelos Diamantakos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD cand, an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC, UK).

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