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Recent news from the Animal Welfare Program.

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.

Animal welfare alumni wins international 3Rs prize with her study on natural behaviours of lab rats

To go to the full press release: click here. “A paper investigating the welfare of laboratory rats is the winner of the 2016 3Rs prize, which is awarded by the UK’s National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Rats were the first mammals to be domesticated for research purposes and yet […]

In the news: BCSPCA: Humane wildlife control work published in Conservation Biology

Sara Dubois, UBC Animal Welfare Program alumna, and others have published their humane wildlife control work in Conservation Biology. The Conservation Biology paper is now online here: You can view the BC SPCA press release here:

Upcoming event: 2017 UBC Animal Welfare Conference

The UBC Pre-Veterinary and Animal Welfare Club is presenting the Animal Welfare Conference on Friday March 17th. Click here for more information. Speakers include David Mellor, Jennifer Walker, and Leanne McConnachie. You can register at:  

Animal Welfare Program alumni meet at World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) conference Guadalajara, MEXICO, December 2016

Left to right: Angela Greter, General Manager, Alberta Farm Animal Care, Calgary; Christy Goldhawk, Adviser – Animal Welfare, Elanco Animal Health, Calgary; Andreia De Paula Vieira, Scientist, Universidade Positivo, Curitiba, Brazil; David Fraser, Professor, UBC Animal Welfare Program; Gosia Zobel, Scientist, Animal Welfare Team, AgResearch, Hamilton, New Zealand .

LFS Animal Welfare Alumni Come Together to Create Wildlife Accreditation Program

Three UBC Animal Welfare Program alumni have joined forces to create an accreditation program that will encourage wildlife and rodent control companies to make ethical decisions when controlling wildlife populations. Sara Dubois (PhD & MSc, Animal Science, 2014 & 2003), Nicole Fenwick (MSc, Animal Science, 2005) and Erin A’tman Ryan (BSc Applied Biology, Major in […]

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