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Dogs helping people: In families, hospitals, colleges, and at work

Join us to hear Dr Sandra Barker discuss how therapy dogs help people in a variety of settings.
In partnership with the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) 2018 Conference, the Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

Event details

Event type: Single speaker
Date: Monday 2 July 2018
Time: 6 - 7.30pm
Venue: Footbridge Theatre (A09), Science Rd, The University Of Sydney (off Footbridge walkway across Parramatta Rd, next to Holme Building, Ross St Entrance)
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available within the University, New Law Building carpark, Broadway and some street parking across the road at Forest Lodge, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible. 


Some studies show dog owners are happier. Could having a dog indeed help combat depression? Could bringing dogs to work help employees and businesses? Could therapy dogs speed up patient’s recovery? Could having a dog help college students during stressful times?

This Sydney Ideas talk is in partnership with the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) 2018 conference. Dr. Sandra Barker will explore a variety of setting in which pet dogs and therapy dogs could be of emotional and physiological help. The special place dogs have in our families will be discussed along with how bringing dogs to work can help employees and businesses. Dr Baker who oversees an evidence-based therapy dog program, Dogs On Call, will also describe a model hospital therapy dog program and explain how therapy dog visits help patients and staff. 


Dr. Sandra Barker is Professor of Psychiatry and Bill Balaban Endowed Chair in Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University where she serves as Director of the School of Medicine Center for Human-Animal Interaction (CHAI), and Affiliate Scientist in the Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research. As CHAI Director, she oversees an evidence-based therapy dog program, Dogs On Call, that is fully integrated into a major academic medical center and recently featured on Animal Planet and (Mission Critical Health) healthcare education videos, both aired globally.


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This Sydney Ideas talk is in partnership with the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) 2018 conference. 

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