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

Call for Abstracts coming soon for December 13, 2024 (email for the proposal submission link to be sent to you or to be added to the registration reminder list)! Info below was for our most recent event in December of 2023 for reference:

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Sponsorship opportunity is now available! Please email for the full list of sponsorship levels. Thank you for your consideration! 



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

2024 DATE:  Friday, December 13, 2024 10:30am-4:30pm EST

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 & clinicians, 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 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 was 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 therapy dog program, who currently volunteers with his therapy dog, True. Michele Pich is the Founding Assistant Director (Department Head) of Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program and former faculty in Law and Justice Studies at Rowan University. Michele has worked in animal-assisted therapy (and other animal-assisted interventions) for many years, including with her certified therapy dog, Vivian Peyton, CGC, and her newest certified therapy dog, Ralphie, CGC, who  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, Ann Howe, and David Frei!

2023 CEU's available through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) [1.5] & the Association of Animal-assisted Intervention Professionals (AAAIP) [6.0] & Council fo Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) [5.0] for those eligible with documentation of attendance. 2024 CEU's will be determined based on submissions/acceptance.




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