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 last year's innaugural National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University].

National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University

Register Today! National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University- Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (Virtual/Online)

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After the innaugural National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University in November 2019, we decided to do it again. This year, with the pandemic precautions, we will be holding our event virtually.

ONLINE - Tuesday, NOVEMBER 17th 2020 11am-3:30pm EST
Rowan University -  201 Mullica Hill Road,  Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701
Giving paws for healing hearts
Tickets for this year’s conference are $20 .

****REGISTER HERE

 

***STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: if you are a student and would like to be considered for one of our limited number of student scholarships to this event, do not register yet on the link above, instead, please fill-out the scholarship application HERE or email: PetTherapy@rowan.edu for application requirements & you will use a coupon code in the registration once approved. This cannot be done after paid registration.

The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium at Rowan University is one of America’s most important 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.

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 2020 conference is on Tuesday November 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30p.m. (EST) and because it is being held virtually will be open to people from across the United States.


The symposium is chaired by David Frei and Michele Pich, and organized by 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 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, who is a therapy dog ambassador for the National Dog Show and part of Rowan's program.

**CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AVAILABLE**
As a part of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Continuing Education Services, the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium will include lectures on therapy dog best practices that will provide continuing education credits to attendees. The event has been certified as a provider by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE).

Max Veterinary Hours approved: 1.00
Max Veterinary Hours available: 1.00
Max Veterinary Technician Hours approved: 1.00
Max Veterinary Technician Hours available: 1.00
 

David Frei                        Michele Pich & therapy dog, Vivian Peyton

David Frei, BS (w/ Angel & Gracie)              Michele Pich, MA, MS (w/ Vivian Peyton)                                    

  ***Event Program available  HERE

 

This Year's Speakers include: 

Marty Becker Keynote Speaker 1Dr. Marty Becker, DVM

-"America's Veterinarian" and Founder of FearFreePets.com; Author of 23 books, Nationally syndicated pet/vet columnist; adjunct professor at three veterinary colleges: Washington State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Missouri.

 

Cindy Otto Keynote Speaker 2: Dr. Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR

- Executive Director and Founder, Penn Vet Working Dog Center; Professor of Working Dog Science, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School; Faculty Advidor, VetPets Animal-Assisted Activities Program, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Dr. Otto cared for the search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero on 9/11.

 

AmyJohnsonPic Amy Johnson, EdDc, MA, MAT, LPC, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB

Special Projects Coordinator and Director of the Center for Human Animal Interventions (CHAI), Oakland University. Animal Welfare Chair of the Human Animal Interventions in Counseling Interest Network; Board Member At Large (Competencies) of the American Psychological Association's Human Animal Interactions Division 17; Member of International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ); Member of Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII). (Presenting w/ Melissa Winkle).

 

MelissaWinkle Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA, CPDT-KA 

President, Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII); President, Dogwood Therapy Services;
Adjunct Faculty Oakland University, Center for Human-Animal Interventions;
OT Practitioner/AAI Instructor, Consultant, Author, Researcher, Advocate & Dog Trainer/Instructor; serves on several national and international boards, task forces, and special interest groups, and is an Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) practitioner. (Presenting w/ Amy Johnson)

 

absecon crop Daniel J. Dooley, Ed.D.; Lindsay Reed, Ed.S.; Jessica Carver, MSEd
-Daniel J. Dooley, Ed.D: Superintendent in the Absecon School District and Adjunct Professor at The College of Staten Island

-Lindsay Reed, Ed.S.: Director of Special Services/Curriculum in the Absecon School District. Rowan alumni, B.A. (Rowan '05); M.S. (Rowan '06); Educational Specialist (Rowan '08).

-Jessica Carver, MSEd: Middle School Counselor in the Absecon School District

 

 

Rhesa Houston Dr. Rhesa Houston, DVM

Veterinarian and Founder of Assistance Animals Consulting. (Presenting w/ Dr. Kandace Jordan)

 

Kandace Jordan Dr. Kandace Jordan, DVM

Veterinarian at Assistance Animals Consulting. (Presenting w/ Dr. Rhesa Houston)

 

Becky Langer w Exon Becky Langer

-Volunteer Network Liaison, Crisis Response Canines; Tester/Observer, Alliance of Therapy Dogs;  Therapy Dog Handler, Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program at Rowan Unviersity 

 

Debra Hamilton Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq.

-Juris Doctor (JD); Mediator and AVMA Wellbeing Certified, Hamilton Law & Mediation  

 

Kelly Rounds new crop Kelly Rounds

Co-founder,  Heel2Heal Therapy Dogs (Presenting with Debra Snyder)


Deborah Snyder new pic Deborah Snyder

Co-founder,  Heel2Heal Therapy Dogs (presenting with Kelly Rounds)

 

Cheri Frei new Cheriyn Frei, MS, MA

Chief Mission Officer, Providence Seaside Hospital;  Board Certified Chaplain, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Registered Pet Partner handler 22 yrs.

 

 

 

Phoebe Yam Phoebe Yam, OTR/L

Dogwood Therapy Services, Animal Assisted Intervention International Member, American Psychological Association (APA) Human Animal Interaction Member. (Presenting w/ Macy Porter).

 

MacyPorter Macy Porter, MOTR/L

Dogwood Therapy Services, Animal Assisted Intervention International Member, American Psychological Association (APA) Human Animal Interaction Member. Macy enjoys working with people across the lifespan and has special interests in areas such as adults with developmental disabilities, physical dysfunction, mental health barriers, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, using animal-assisted therapy. (Presenting w/ Phoebe Yam)

 

Christi Dudzik Christi Dudzik LMHC, MC, CPP-AAPT

Healing Paws, Inc.  Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Master in Counseling, Certified Practicing Professional in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy.

 

Our Student & Alumni panel:

Carissa 1st day crop  Carissa Skiff, BA, MA (Rowan '17 & '20)

-Carissa earned her MA in Wellness & Lifestule Management at Rowan University in May of 2020. She was the 1st graduate intern for the Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program at Rowan University during the Spring 2020 semester, at the start of the pandemic. Her internship project was to create a neurodiversity training video for prospective pet therapy dog handler volunteers.

 

allegra w panda   Allegra Giannini (soon-to-be B.A., Rowan '21)

-Allegra is in her senior year at Rowan University, dounle-majoring in Psychology & English, and was an intern for the Healthy Campus Initiatives Department in the Wellness Center at Rowan University.

 

brooksdubois   Brooke DuBois (soon-to-be B.A., Rowan '21)

 -Brooke is in her senior year at Rowan University, and is a student representative on the Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program at Rowan University Advisory Board. She is a senior majoring in Communication Studies with minors in both psychology and human resource management, and is beginning the process of applying for graduate school to pursue a Master's in Counseling in Educational Settings. 

 

Thank you for participating in the second annual National Dog Show Therapy  Dog Symposium from the planning committee:

Mary Grace Buckwalter; Lindsay Fetters; Amanda Foxman; David Frei; Steve Griffith; Debra Hamilton; Alice Hoersch; Steve LeGrice; Nancy Lewine; Jenny Michele; Michele Pich; Kelly Rounds; Ted Slupik