2023 SCAS Conference

2023 SCAS Virtual Congress, Sunday 17 September – Are Pets Really Good For Us? The role of pets in mental and physical health

The annual Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) virtual congress is taking place on Sunday 17 September 2023.

This year’s SCAS Conference, ‘Are pets really good for us? The role of pets in mental and physical health‘, sponsored by VetSkill, will focus on the evidence-based research demonstrating how human-animal interactions support our physical and mental health. 

2023 SCAS Conference Programme

Leading UK and international experts in the field of Human Animal Interaction (HAI) and Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) will present the latest studies and scientific research to show the benefits of companion animals on the physical and mental health of humans.

This conference is ideal for those who work in human-animal interactions, health or social care, policy making or journalism and are interested in hearing the latest evidence-based research from academics, or those who are passionate about the subject and would like to know more. Some of the programme highlights include…

  • Conference speaker, Dr. Patricia Pendry PhD from Washington State University in the USA will present findings on campus-based Animal-Assisted Interventions aimed at preventing or alleviating university student stress to mitigate the development of mental health disorders and academic failure in typical and at-risk university students.
  • Dr. Sandra McCune PhD, from University of Lincoln UK, will speak about dog walking and its role in physical exercise.
  • Peter Reniers, conducting doctoral research at the Open University in the Netherlands, will present the PET@home Toolkit that provides practical advice and encourages Long Term Care at Home (LTCH) clients, family, and professional caregivers to discuss and make agreements about pet-related issues.

View the full conference programme of speakers and talks

Tickets are £60 per delegate, and £30 for SCAS members and students (booking fee applies).

If you become a member of SCAS (for just £25 a year), you will receive discounted conference registration as well as other benefits such as free access to monthly SCAS webinars throughout the year from expert speakers.

Ticket sales end on Saturday 16 September 2023, so book your place now to avoid missing out. 

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