News & Events

Recent news from the Animal Welfare Program.

Applied Animal Biology Student Featured on the LFS website

To see Courtney’s bio, click here

The UBC Pre-Vet and Animal Welfare (PAW) Club is pleased to present its 3rd annual Animal Welfare Conference! This year’s conference focuses on “Wildlife Management and Conservation”, with five outstanding speakers joining to share their expertise. The 2019 UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference looks to shed more light on human-wildlife interactions and how an individual […]

BC SPCA and UBC undertake a study using birth control in pigeons at a Vancouver skytrain station

Click here to see the article in the Times Colonist

BCSPCA publishes a review of dog training methods

Animal Welfare Program Adjunct Professor Joanna Makowska prepared a review of dog training methods for the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA). The story was also reported on in  Psychology Today

Professor Dan Weary contributes to a critical reflection on animal welfare

The week the journal Animal Welfare published its first ever complete volume of open access papers. This volume, entitled “Animal Welfare Reconsidered”, consists of a series of papers that all seek to provide critical reflection on topics relevant to animal welfare. Animal welfare is conceptually challenging and methodologically vexatious, and any changes required to improve welfare are often difficult […]


Congratulations to the UBC Animal Welfare Judging Team coached by PhD students Ruan Daros, Katie Mills, and Laura Whalin. The team placed 5th out of 19 teams in the undergraduate division of the 18th annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest at Colorado State University (November 16-18, 2018). Students representing UBC included Jenilee Bader, Stefani Cruickshank, Katie Harris, Jessica Meng, Brynn […]

The Guardian publishes an article on tie stalls in the dairy industry

Click here to an article which cites Nina Von Keyserlingk on the use of tie stalls in the dairy industry.

CBC reports on our recent cattle personality study

Click here for a link to the article titled, “How a P.E.I. dairy farmer can tell what his cattle’s outlook on life is”

Nina von Keyserlingk receives 2018 Hans Sigrist Prize

On December 1, 2018 at the annual University of Bern Academic Ceremonies, Nina von Keyserlingk was presented with the Hans Sigrist prize. The Prize citation reads: Professor Marina von Keyserlingk of the The University of British Columbia, is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Land and […]

Cow personality testing study in the News

PhD student Benjamin Lecorps was recently interviewed by CTV  on his recent study investigating cow personality. To see the article, click here.

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

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