Australasian Animal Studies Association

McDowall, Sonya

PhD Candidate

University of Adelaide
Research interests / activities

Sonya McDowall is a concurrent PhD and MBA candidate with an interest in animal assisted therapies. In particular: dogs and animal welfare. Her current PhD focus is on canine welfare when engaged in assistance and service roles.


February 2021 Presenter/Speaker: Evaluation of current practices for dogs engaged in service, assistance and therapy support programmes within Australia, National ‘Animals Helping Humans’ Month Conference.
October 2021 Guest Lecturer: Dog Welfare for Animal Assisted Therapies, La Trobe University