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The 2021 National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium will be held this Tuesday, November 30th, on the Rowan University campus in Glassboro, New Jersey.
This is the third National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium so it can technically be called an annual event in the future. Around 200 participants took part in the kick-off event in 2019.
Like the 2020 version, it will be purely virtual due to the pandemic and it will cost $ 25 to register. (Students interested in attending either in person or virtually should email PetTherapy@rowan.edu for a discount code.)
The conference begins at 10 a.m. ET and lasts until 4:30 p.m. ET. And as the event website says, it brings together “therapy dog handlers, health professionals, academics, those who want to get involved, and people who simply love dogs to share information, cutting-edge research, insights from practical applications and best practices.”
The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium 2021 will take place again this Thursday as a virtual event.
The 2021 National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium is hosted by AKC Judge David Frei, founder of Angel on a Leash and author of the book of the same name, and Michelle Pich, deputy director of the Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program at Rowan University, and she is also law professor at the school.
Colorado State University professor and author Dr. Temple Grandin, will be one of the keynote speakers at the event with “Therapy Dogs and Their Handlers: How to Appreciate and Understand Each Other Deeply” with Dr. Carlo Siracusa, a professor at Penn Vet Med. as another keynote speaker on the topic of “Lessons on Diversity and Inclusion I Learned Working with Dogs”.
Other speakers at the event are:
- Phillip Tedeschi, Professor at the University of Denver and founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, will speak about the human-animal connection
- Dr. Georgitta Valiyamattam from Gitam University in India will speak about how animal-assisted intervention works in a multicultural environment
- Osteopath Dr. Jennifer LeComte, medical director of the Rowan Integrated Special Needs Center and psychologist Dr. Wendy Alta, co-director of the Rowan Integrate Special Needs Center, shared how animal therapy can improve access to medical procedures for people with disabilities
- Rob Rose, Vice President of Programs and Peer Recovery Specialist at New Leash on Life USA, on animal-human bonding in the prison system
- York City Police Department Superintendent Michael Muldrow will speak about police dogs
- Lynne Robinson, Founder and General Manager of the nonprofit PAWS for People, will be pulling out of reintegrating therapy dogs into the workplace
- Andrea Hering, Co-Founder and President of Crisis Response Canines, explains what Crisis Response Dogs are and do
- Michael Bober, President and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Committee, will speak about therapy animal legislation
This event promises to be very educational for attendees and heartwarming and success stories are likely to be shared between sessions.
Here at Dog O’Day we are very happy that this has become an annual event and we wish everyone involved good luck with the production.