National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University

  • National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium 2020 (Virtual edition)
    [Photo description: Symposium Co-hosts - Michele Pich, Assistant Director of the Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program at Rowan University & National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team Member; David Frei, celebrity host of the National Dog Show on NBC; at 2019's innaugural National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University].

National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University

REGISTER TODAY! Friday, December 8, 2023

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HOSTS: Michele Pich, MA, MS, CAIS & David Frei, BS 

DATE:  Friday, December 8, 2023 10:30am-4:30pm EST

Cost: $65 general / $60 senior citizen or veteran/ $35 virtual / $25 student (in-person or virtual)

In-person event: Enyon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center (201 Mullica Hill Rd/, Glassboro, NJ 08028) - includes lunch

Virtual Event: WebEx link will be sent to virtual attendees the day before the event

2023 Keynote Speaker: Ann Howie, CCA, CCFT, LICSW, ACSW




The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University is one of America’s most prominant gatherings devoted to therapy dogs. The day-long conference brings together therapy dog handlers, health care experts, 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. This year's theme is: Therapy Dogs & Education.

The conference is hosted by Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, just 30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. The school is home to the ground-breaking Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program where students have access to therapy dogs year-round.

The 2023 conference will be held on Friday, December 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. (EST). While we are excited to be back in-person, but will also be open to people from across the United States, and around the world who cannot travel to be with us in-person through our virtual option. In-person attendance includes lunch and provides additional networking opprtunities. This is a human-only event (we love your furry ones, but please leave them at home unless they are an actively working service dog... sorry no emotional support animals, therapy dogs, pets or other animals allowed).

The symposium is hosted by Michele Pich & David Frei, who also chair the the planning committee. David is the expert analyst on NBC’s National Dog Show, broadcast every year on Thanksgiving, and one of the best known names in the canine world. He is also a prolific writer and founder of Angel on a Leash. Michele Pich is the Founding Assistant Director of Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program and Adjunct Professor of Law and Justice Studies at Rowan. Michele has worked in animal-assisted therapy (and other animal-assisted activities and interactions) for many years, including with her own certified therapy dog, Vivian Peyton, CGC, and her newest certified therapy dog, Ralphie, CGC, who also visits as part of the Rowan program and joined his sister on the Therapy Dog Ambassador team for the National Dog Show!

Past keynote speakers have included: Dr. Marty Becker, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Cindy Otto, Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Dr. Rise VanFleet, and David Frei!

CEU's available through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) & the Association of Animal-assisted Intervention Professionals (AAAIP) for those eligible.

Hotel Accommodations for the National Dog Show Symposium at Rowan University

Hotel accomodations for the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University can be made at:

The Marriott in Glassboro, NJ (1.5 blocks from event)

To book, click HERE

*If staying at the Marriott in Glassboro, please leave your car parked there & either plan to walk to the Chamberlain Student Center or you will be able to request a golf-cart transport if you are mobility impaired.

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