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NEW BOOK: Clinician’s Guide to Treating Animal Companion Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction

Clinician’s Guide to Treating Animal Companion Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction is the first of its kind—a groundbreaking resource for mental health professionals who want the knowledge, skills and awareness to successfully work with pet-owning clients. The book trains clinicians across multiple disciplines to feel more comfortable and confident addressing companion-related issues—both when those issues are the primary reason for seeking therapy or a critical component in better understanding client needs. The book uses current human-animal interactions theories as a foundation to explore pet-related issues utilizing behavioral, cognitive behavioral, family systems, humanistic and contemporary psychodynamic therapeutic orientations.


Users will find sections on the many issues that arise during the lifespan of pet owners (e.g., children, young adults, elderly), as well as issues pertinent to specific populations (e.g., men, homeless, ethnically diverse). Additional topics include the violence link, pet death and bereavement, and behavioral issues. As the first book to approach human-animal interactions (HAI) from a multi-theoretical perspective, it helps clinicians appropriately acknowledge and incorporate relevant HAI issues within therapy to achieve goals.


  • Provides practical information for immediate use in practice
  • Focuses on common issues relating to companion animals
  • Addresses bereavement, attachment, behavior, and more
  • Includes interactive readings, case studies and therapeutic exercises
  • Contains multiple theoretical orientations (behavioral, cognitive behavioral, family systems, humanistic and psychodynamic approaches)


New MS or PhD in Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction


A competitive position is available for a highly motivated and promising individual seeking a Masters or PhD related to the PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. The research program will focus on the scientific evaluation of human animal interaction in one or more of the following areas: (a) SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families, (b) FACILITY DOGS in hospital settings, and/or (c) BEHAVIOR CODING of video-recorded human-animal interaction in various settings. The research will be related to HUMAN OUTCOMES primarily, rather than the animals themselves. Thus an interest in pursuing a human psychology focused research degree is essential. The degree title will be an MS or PhD in Human-Animal Interaction.


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Go to the website for more information: humananimalinteraction.org 

Purina Better with Pets initiative

The BetterwithPets Prize, valued at CHF 100,000 total, looks to support and expand leading innovations and initiatives focused on harnessing the positive power of the pet-human bond. Please note that this is a European initiative. People outside of Europe may not apply. Also, please note that the goal is not to support research projects, but applications of the HAB.


Nestlé Purina, in collaboration with Ashoka (a pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship), has announced the launch of the BetterwithPets Prize, the first prize of its kind for Purina. Purina are on the search for organisations with initiatives focused on enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them. The prize entry is open to any country in the European Union, as well as Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Norway. Applicants will get the chance to win prizes totalling CHF 100,000, and receive detailed feedback on their initiative from experts in their field.


Applications for the BetterwithPets Prize are open to social and commercial enterprises and non-profit entities and organisations who seek to harness the positive power of the pet–human bond. Applications are open from now until 15 April 2018; successful applications will then be shortlisted and five finalists will be invited to attend the Purina BetterwithPets Forum in Spain on 7 June 2018, where the winners will be announced.






WALTHAM Funding Announcement

Waltham is excited to announce funding of up to £240,000 for each of three successful research projects in the following areas;

  • The impact of pets on human physical and socio-emotional health
  • Maintenance of healthy body weight in people and pets


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CAWSEL to return to St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, from 9 to 21 September for CAWSEL 2018.


What is CAWSEL?

CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses aimed at providing attendees with a broad appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. The topics covered include: Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use and Farm Animal Welfare.


With a legacy spanning over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers, animal science researchers, FE, HE, Masters or PhD students and animal charity workers or campaigners. Delegates can choose to attend as many Courses as they wish, all being taught and priced individually. Historically, the courses have attracted students from over 25 countries world-wide.


Dr Anthony Podberscek, ISAZ Board member and editor-in-chief of Anthrozoös is the main driving force behind CAWSEL, a course that in his view “bucks the digital trend and continues to bring everyone together – enthusiastic students and teachers – in one real and beautiful place, Cambridge”.


CAWSEL Ambassador and 2016 attendee, Jess Rendle (BSc (Hons) MSc ATLS, PhD Candidate at Murdoch University, Western Australia) describes the course as “epic”. Jess adds that she felt “truly inspired by meeting the world’s leaders in animal welfare and mingling with like-minded people who were on the course.”


15 experts in the field of animal welfare, all eminent academics and professionals, are involved in delivering the material over the two weeks, through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions. Amongst them are Professor Emeritus Donald Broom (Cambridge University) who has lectured on animal welfare in 43 countries, has published over 200 refereed papers and seven books; Professor Emeritus David Morton, awarded a CBE for his “services to the UK and International Veterinary Profession especially Animal Welfare and Ethics”; and course organiser, Dr Anthony Podberscek (University of Sydney).


Early Bird Fees (valid until April 30th) vary from £400 to £980 per Course, and some grants are available via the Douglas Houghton Memorial Fund. We also offer Student and Charity rates. We take online registrations only for all four Courses. Find out more including fees and available grants on our official website: www.cawsel.com


For more information on this course, contact Madalina Marincas at Opening Doors & Venues, the appointed organisers:

Tel: +44 (0) 1562 731788

Email: CAWSEL@opening-doors.org.uk


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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.


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ISAZ 2019 Conference
July 1-4, 2019
Orlando, Florida USA

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ISAZ Fellows

Honors ISAZ individual members whose work advances the field of Anthrozoology

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Martha Bryant Student Travel Award

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Penny L. Bernstein Student Travel Award

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Early Career Award

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