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Human-Animal Interest Group Symposium

The Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is calling for abstracts for talks to be included in a symposium centered on HAI and aging. The symposium will be submitted to GSA’s Scientific Meeting which will take place November 14th to 18th in Boston, MA. All abstracts which fall under the conference theme of “The Purposes of Longer Lives” are welcome. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) older adults’: social capital, connectedness, loneliness, isolation, or integration; quality of life; or psychosocial well-being.


Please send a provisional title and an abstract of up to 200 words to Jessica Bibbo at jbibbo@purdue.edu.


The submission deadline is 8 PM (EST) February 12th, 2018.


Decisions will be sent to all applicants by February 23rd, 2018. Acceptance in the symposium does not guarantee acceptance for presentation at the GSA Scientific Meeting. Accepted talks will be part of a symposium submission which will undergo the meeting’s peer-review process. For more information email Jessica Bibbo at jbibbo@purdue.edu.





The Martha Bryant Student Travel Award was established in 2016 in memory of Martha (Marty) Bryant.


The 2017 award will grant $500 each to two students in support of their travel to the 2018 ISAZ Conference in Sydney. As this is a merit award, recipients will be selected based on extent of ISAZ involvement, quality of presentation or poster abstract, and statement of need.


Applications due:  January 18, 2018


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New Job Posting!

Assistant Professor Animal Science


Michigan State University


The Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University is seeking applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (70% Teaching, 25% Research, 5% Service). For questions about the application process, please contact Robbyn Davenport, 517-884-7853, smithro@msu.edu. For questions about the position, please contact, Dr. Karen L. Waite, 517-432-0383 kwaite@msu.edu.


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ISAZ is Now Accepting Nominations for 2018 Early Career Award

The ISAZ Early Career Scholar Award recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments in Anthrozoology/Animal Studies by an ISAZ member who is early in his/her career. It is offered every other year.

Nomination/Eligibility: To be eligible for the Award, individuals must be current ISAZ members and must be within ten years of having received their terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent). Nominations can be made by any member of the society. Self-nominations are allowed. Each individual may be nominated twice.

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PhD or MS in Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction

PhD or Masters in Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction

Purdue University is seeking an excellent candidate to undertake a Masters or PhD in the psychology of human-animal interaction. The successful candidate will work with our interdisciplinary team to study the psychological and physiological outcomes of service dogs and facility dogs for their human recipients.


Click here to see the advertisement or go to our website for more information: humananimalinteraction.org

For Postdocs and PhD Students: 2018 MDPI-Animals Travel Award

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The 2018 MDPI-Animals Travel Award sponsored by Animals (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/animals) has been established for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to attend an international conference related to animal science in 2018. One awardee will be selected to receive 800 Swiss Francs.


Nominations for this award are currently being accepted (until 31 January 2018). Please find the details on candidates’ requirements and other criteria at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/animals/awards and email your application to animals@mdpi.com.


Animals is an international scientific Open Access journal, providing a platform for advances in research related to animal science and animal welfare. Animals is indexed by Scopus (Elsevier), Zoological Record (Thomson Reuters), AGORA (FAO), AGRIS (FAO), etc, and is one of NC3Rs endorsing members. For more information about this journal, please see: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/animals.

New Research Position and PhD Opportunity

New Research Associate Position at the University of Leicester


New PhD in Human-Animal Studies offered at the University of Canterbury, starting January 2018


For more information, go to our Career Opportunities page.

2017 ISAZ Conference: Silent Auction and Book Sales

Silent Book Auction at the ISAZ Conference:


At the 2017 ISAZ Conference, for the first time we will offer a silent auction, featuring books in the area of anthrozoology donated to ISAZ.  Librarian David Anderson and Lynette Hart already have each provided books for this.  Profits will be used to offer some assistance to students attending conferences in the future.


A website with these books showing their covers and a description will be posted soon, with an option for conference registrants to begin bidding, and it will continue in person at the conference June 23-25. We will close out bidding on Sunday June 25 afternoon, and then reopen on the remaining books at the satellite symposium on Monday June 26 with a closeout in the afternoon, and again on Tuesday June 27 at the second satellite symposium.


Additionally, David Anderson has donated his large collection of various journals and special issues, plus newsletters, in the area of human-animal interactions. Libraries maintaining stacks are invited to contact us regarding their interest in acquiring these hard copies.


If you wish to donate books for the silent auction, please send by email by June 10th a photo of the cover or title page of the book (whichever is more informative), and bring the book(s) with you to the conference. (We will supply a receipt for the donations to ISAZ.) This email should be sent to Scarlett Kingsley (jakingsley@ucdavis.edu) with copies to Abigail Thigpen (apthigpen@ucdavis.edu) and Lynette Hart (lahart@ucdavis.edu).


ISAZ is considering offering the book Assessing the Human-Animal Bond: A Compendium of Actual Measures, by David C Anderson (Purdue University Press, 2007) at  the conference, at a conference price, $10.00 off the retail price, or $30.00.


Mr. Anderson needs to know how many people are interested in purchasing a new copy at the 2017 ISAZ Conference. He is working on a short deadline. Please let him know of your interest by May 25th at dcajla@att.net.

ISAZ 2017 – Information about Davis, California!



The UC Davis campus is the most spacious of the 10 UC campuses, so it is no surprise that Davis is somewhat a bicycle capital, and home of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame and Museum, at 3rd and B. We love our bike paths that go everywhere and make it possible to get to any errand in about 10 minutes.  Bikes are allowed anywhere on campus, whereas cars go around the perimeter only, and at times car parking can be a challenge, whereas bike parking is designed to be a stone’s throw from anywhere.


The campus is adjacent and pretty close to the engaging downtown area.  A variety of hotels are between campus and downtown. If  you are willing to walk for about 20 minutes, or bike for10 minutes, or drive for 15, you can get pretty much wherever you want to go. Car parking on campus is mostly free on Saturday and Sunday (except for some cultural events), and is $9/day during the week.


Several of the downtown hotels (and the on campus Hyatt) have some bikes on offer.  You should make sure to have a lock, helmet, and bike lights. Bikes can be rented from several places downtown—we like Ken’s Bike and Ski. The Bike Barn on campus also rents bikes.

Registration for ISAZ 2017 Conference is OPEN!!

Registration for the 2017 ISAZ Conference has opened! Visit the conference website to register and to view more information, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ce/symposia_and_events/small_animal/isaz_2017.cfm. The preliminary conference schedule has been posted and will be updated continuously as we draw nearer the conference.

***Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird rates – the last day to register for Early Bird Registration is April 7th.***


Human-Animal Interconnections
June 22-25, 2017
University of California, Davis

Speakers include:

  • Diana Davis, DVM, PhD, UC Davis Department of History
  • DA Giles, PhD, Center for Whale Research, Friday Harbor Laboratories
  • John Madigan, DVM, MS, DACVIM, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Paul Mundell, CEO, Canine Companions for Independence
  • Layla Esposito, PhD, National Institutes of Health (NIH/NICHD)
  • Leonard Abbeduto, PhD, UC Davis MIND Institute

There will be two additional satellite symposia.
***If you register for all 5 days, you will receive an additional discount.***


Effective Options regarding Spay or Neuter of Dogs
June 26, 2017

Speakers include:

  • Ben Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVB, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Anita Oberbauer, PhD, UC Davis Department of Animal Science
  • Kate Atema, MS, International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA, San Diego Humane Society
  • Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine


Animals Behaving Badly | Veterinary/Welfare Perspectives Improving Client Compliance
June 27, 2017

Speakers include:

  • Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP, Animal Oncology Consultation Service
  • Emma Grigg, PhD, CAAB, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Patrick Pageat, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ECAWBM-BM, HDR, Institut de Recherche en Semiochimie et Ethologie
  • Suzanne Kurtz, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University
  • Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA, San Diego Humane Society
  • Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

**Abstract decisions on presenters will go out within the next day or two.

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ISAZ 2018 Conference
July 2-5, 2018
Sydney, Australia

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Early Career Award OPEN NOW

Award outstanding scholarly accomplishments in Anthrozoology by an ISAZ member who is early in her/his career

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Martha Bryant Student Travel Award

A merit award to support student travel to the annual ISAZ conference

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Honors ISAZ individual members whose work advances the field of Anthrozoology

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ISAZ Waltham Collaborative Research Award

A collaborative grant program to stimulate new research in the area of human-animal interactions

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Distinguished Anthrozoologist Award

Award outstanding lifetime achievement in Anthrozoology by an ISAZ member who is a senior scholar

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