SCAS 2021 Conference Convenes Record Number of AAI Researchers and Practitioners From Across the Globe 

SCAS 2021 Conference Convenes Record Number of AAI Researchers and Practitioners From Across the Globe 

This month the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) introduced record-breaking attendance at its digital 2021 conference, held on-line on Sunday 19th September.

Attendees from twelve international locations together with the UK, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Estonia, the Philippines, India, Mexico, Mauritius, Nigeria and Ghana participated within the digital occasion, studying about new analysis and programmatic advances in key areas of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI).

Throughout the one-day occasion, attendees seen three on-demand and broadcast periods which every featured three oral shows, plus opening and plenary periods with a closing panel to debate the convention theme, the combination of analysis and apply in Animal-Assisted Interventions.

As SCAS Chair, Dr Ormerod, explains, “Although the pandemic prevented us from gathering nose to nose within the UK, the same old location for this annual Conference, it didn’t cease us from fulfilling our mission of sharing information to speed up progress for tens of millions of individuals worldwide who at present profit from AAI. It was inspiring to see the veterinarians, psychological well being professionals and different specialists united and engaged with practitioners from the affected person neighborhood throughout this pandemic and past.”

Notable Highlights

Professor Emeritus Marie Jose Enders-Slegers, President of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organisations (IAHAIO), gave a extremely motivating keynote handle stating the necessity for requirements in AAI, stressing {that a} world consensus should be reached on terminology. Encouragement was given for nearer collaboration between practitioners and researchers working on this quickly increasing space of One Health. One Health is  a multisectoral, and transdisciplinary method working at native, regional, nationwide, and world ranges with the objective of reaching optimum well being outcomes recognizing the interconnection between folks, animals, vegetation, and their shared surroundings.

Key highlights of the 2021 convention additionally included a presentation from Lesley Winton of Fostering Compassion who, shared shifting examples of the optimistic and important impression of AAI on weak kids and obtained a swell of optimistic responses and feedback from members afterwards.

Conference visitor speaker, psychiatrist Professor Nancy R. Gee PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Human-Animal Interaction within the USA shared a chicken’s eye view of the proof for the optimistic impression of proudly owning or interacting with a companion animal on human well being together with lowering dangers of heart problems, despair, loneliness, and social isolation amongst older adults.

In addition, Tracie Faa-Thompson, Co-Founder of the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy shone a lightweight on the sector of Animal-Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) and the way animal ethology, animal welfare, sentience, and freedom of selection are basic to the method. In many approaches there may be typically a slant in the direction of what the animal can do for the human, how they made the human really feel, and much much less on what the animal is getting out of the interplay. For the complete checklist of all of the Speaker/Presenters, please go to http://www.scas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SCAS-Conference-Programme-2021.pdf

Through the digital assembly platform, members had the chance to community with their friends through a chat operate.

“With over half of attendees becoming a member of from outdoors UK, this was really a world assembly of the minds,” mentioned Dr Ormerod “It is thrilling to assume what number of new connections had been made and collaborations had been sparked. The subsequent large AAI breakthrough might very nicely come from one of many digital conversations that started at this digital Conference.”

The SCAS 2022 Annual Conference will happen on Sunday 18th September.

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