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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.

New Position Available: Post Doctoral Fellowship

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Human-Animal Studies and Urban Studies, Department of Community Health Sciences


The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for the following Postdoctoral Fellow position. Preference will be given to candidates who are social scientists specializing in qualitative methodologies, or who demonstrate aptitude in applying social theory to veterinary medicine or public health.


To learn more, click here.

Reminder: Nominations for Distinguished Anthrozoologist Award Due Soon!

Distinguished Anthrozoologist Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in Anthrozoology/Human-Animal Interaction Studies by an ISAZ member who is a senior scholar.


Nominations are due on January 15, 2017.


Click here for more information.


The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) invites submission of both oral (15 minutes total) and poster abstracts. The 2017 ISAZ conference will be held at the University of California, Davis.

Plenaries will address the roles of service dogs and other animals for children, as well as human-animal interactions with wildlife and cattle. We also encourage submission of papers on all other topics in the field of human-animal interactions.


Abstracts are due January 31, 2017.


Research abstracts submissions require

  1. A title.
  2. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, city, state, country, and email address for correspondence.
  3. An introduction to the study and its objectives.
  4. Methodology – including a description of the participants (both human and animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a description of the study design, data collection, and data analysis.
  5. Main results, including, when appropriate, statistical test, significance level and actual test value (e.g., F(df) = ?, p < 0.05). 5. Principal conclusions and implications for the field.


Critical review abstracts submissions require

  1. A title.
  2. List of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for correspondence.
  3. An introduction to the review and its objectives.
  4. Key literature references to theory, concepts, evidence or methodology that have been reviewed or re-evaluated.
  5. Main findings.
  6. Principal conclusions and implications for the field.


Abstracts must be in English, must be no more than 350 words (not including the title and authors’ information), and should be concise, informative and explicit. In the submission process, please indicate whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred. Abstracts for oral presentations that are not selected may be eligible for presentation as posters. A sample abstract is provided for reference below.

Sample Abstract


Click here to submit an abstract: Submit Abstract


Student Awards for best oral presentation and best poster presentation will be awarded at the conference. The requirements to participate in these awards are the following:

  1. The student must be a student member of ISAZ.
  2. The student must be the first author of the abstract.
  3. The student must apply for the award through the abstract submission system


If you have any issues with the abstract submission process, please contact Abigail Thigpen at conferences@isaz.net.

ISAZ ANNOUNCES an invitation for nominations for ISAZ FELLOWS

The designation of Fellow honors ISAZ individual members whose work advances the field of Anthrozoology by enriching understanding of critical issues, addressing familiar problems or identifying a problem that has not been previously recognized and serving the Society.


Fellows have no specific responsibilities, obligations, or term limits.


Nominations due:  March 1, 2017


A maximum of 4 Fellows may be elected this year.

A committee consisting of the current Fellows of the Society will review and vote on the nominations.


Click here for more information.

New Positions Available in HAI

PhD Student & Lab Coordinator

Purdue University


Competitive positions are available for highly motivated and promising individuals seeking a PhD or Lab Coordinator position 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 SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families.


Visit our Career Opportunities page for more details.

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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

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

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Penny L. Bernstein Student Travel Award

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

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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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Early Career Award

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

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