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Recent news from the Animal Welfare Program.

Banting Fellow to research social networks that influence farmers

Got coyotes? Researchers want to photograph them on residential properties

CBC reported on a study by UBC and Stanley Park Ecology Society that aims to capture coyotes in urban settings on camera. “[Coyotes are] used to living in an environment….where they are good at hiding and making their presence not really known,” said Dr. Kristen Walker, a UBC animal welfare biologist. UBC student Brynn McLellan will be […]

In the News: Use and perceptions of on-farm emergency slaughter in British Columbia

The Progressive Dairyman recently published an article written by PhD Student Katie Koralesky. Use and perceptions of on-farm emergency slaughter in British Columbia

In the news: “Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch”

A study out of the Animal Welfare Program was highlighted in an article in The New York Times titled “ Give a Cow a Brush and Watch it Scratch That Itch”. The article reports on work recently published in Biology Letters investigating the motivation of dairy cows to access a mechanical brush. Click here to view the […]

New Course for 2018 Winter Term: Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Laboratory Animal Use

New Course for 2018 Winter Term APBI 490-201 Animal Welfare & the Ethics of Laboratory Animal Use

Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk Receives DeLaval Dairy Extension Award

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and DeLaval Inc. present Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk with the 2018 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award. The DeLaval Dairy Extension Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in dairy extension. The winner must have made a valuable and noteworthy contribution to the dairy industry through dairy extension in […]

PhD student Christine Sumner wins prestigious 2017-18 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Christine is completing her PhD in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research focuses on how dairy farmers and veterinarians can cooperate to improve calf welfare. Prior to coming to UBC, Christine worked with exotic and domestic animals in zoological, sanctuary, educational, and farm settings. In addition, she worked internationally with smallholder […]

National award for “Leadership and Innovation in Animal Welfare Science” to UBC Animal Welfare Program

National award for “Leadership and Innovation in Animal Welfare Science” to UBC Animal Welfare Program

On April 22, 2018, at the Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Awards Dinner in Calgary, the UBC Animal Welfare Program was presented with the award for “Leadership and Innovation in Animal Welfare Science”. Receiving the award (from left to right) were Prof. David Fraser accompanied by Ms. Raegan Ahlbaum (Petsecure, host organization of the dinner) […]

Geoff Urton, Animal Welfare Program alumnus, wins Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Award

Congratulations to Animal Welfare Program alumnus Geoff Urton; BSc Animal Science 2000, MSc Animal Science 2005, on receiving an award for the 2018 Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards on Vancouver Island. Over the past decade, Urton has had a great impact on improving the lives of animals on Vancouver Island and across Canada […]

20th anniversary of the UBC Animal Welfare Program

The Animal Welfare Program celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a series of talks On April 20th, 2018.  The talks were by given by program founder Dr David Fraser; program alumni Dr Cathy Schuppli, Dr Sara Dubois and Dr Lee Neil; and current program PhD candidates Christine Sumner and Ruan Daros.

New in PLOSONE: Institutional transparency improves public perception of lab animal technicians and support or animal research

The use of animals in research is controversial and often takes place behind closed doors. Lab animal technicians responsible for the care of animals at research institutions are sometimes described as performing ‘dirty work’ (i.e. professions that are viewed as morally tainted). New research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has focused on how […]

New LFS Field Course Being Offered in Summer 2018: LFS 302D – Asian Elephant Compassionate Conservation Field Course in Thailand

Description: LFS 302SD – Asian Elephant Compassionate Conservation in Thailand. This course explores how the science of animal well-being can be used in conservation to improve outcomes for animals, people, and the environment. There are two sessions available: July 1-29, 2018 and August 1-29, 2018. Students should have course background in Animal Biology, Animal Behaviour, Conservation and/or Animal […]

In the news: The Urban Coyote Project (Vancouver)

A Global News report on the Urban Coyote Project in Vancouver, which Dr. Kristen Walker of the UBC Animal Welfare Program is involved with. Link to the article: If you see coyotes in your yard, Vancouver scientists want to help keep them away

UBC Undergraduate Animal Welfare Judging Teams Place 3rd and 4th in 2017 Assessment Contest at Iowa State University

Exciting news! The UBC undergraduate animal welfare judging teams, coached by MSc student Katie Mills and PhD student Laura Whalin, placed 3rd and 4th overall in the undergraduate division of the 17th annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest at Iowa State University (Nov. 18-19, 2017). Students representing UBC included Regina Chan, Maria Chen, Vanessa Cheung, […]

Videos from UBC Animal Welfare Conference, 2017

The 2017 UBC Animal Welfare Conference (AWC) aims to provide students and members of the public with a comprehensive introduction to current animal welfare issues surrounding animals within our food industry. Conference topics are presented by experts representing academic, policy, industry, and consumer perspective. To view recordings of each of the four speakers, click here.

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