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Recent news from the Animal Welfare Program.

AWP at the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science Symposium

Animal Welfare Program members Dr Joanna Makowska, Dr Cathy Schuppli, Lucia Améndola, Michael Brunt, Ben Lecorps, and Anna Ratuski presented current research and engaged in discussion surrounding laboratory animal welfare at the CALAS symposium May 26 to 28, 2019, here in Vancouver.  The annual meeting of Canadian laboratory animal professionals also involves the Canadian Council […]

AWP students present their research at the ADSA annual meeting

Animal Welfare Program students gave 7 presentations at the American Dairy Science Association meeting in Cincinnati this past week. Pictured here are some of our students with Dan Weary and some friends from the UBC’s dairy reproduction research group and Alumni of the Animal Welfare Program.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Center Open House: July 20, 2019

The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre is world renowned for its innovative dairy research. With our research we aim to improve the lives of dairy cows in practical ways. We also study how to optimize dairy cattle reproduction on farms. Did you know that calves can be optimistic as well as pessimistic? And that […]

New APBI 496 Applied Biology Practicum in India now accepting applications

New APBI 496 Applied Biology Practicum in India now accepting applications

Gain hands-on experience with sanctuary sloth bears and elephants near Agra, India with a month-long placement at Wildlife SOS in Winter Term 2 (Jan 2020) in this 6 credit course. Adjunct Professor Dr. Sara Dubois is accepting applications open through end of June 2019. For more information and to access the application, head to the […]

Animal Welfare Program hosts national meeting

Prof. David Fraser and graduate student Devon Wilson hosted a national meeting in Vancouver on April 30-May 1. The meeting brought together 17 experts on the marketing of dairy calves — animals that are born on dairy farms but are then sold to other farms that raise them for slaughter. The meeting included dairy farmers, […]

In the news: Dr. Makowska publishes article on providing separate cages to mice in laboratories

The findings of the study by Dr. Makowask and her team have generated lots of media attention! See the links below for reports by UBC and CTV: https://news.ubc.ca/2019/04/23/good-mousekeeping-en-suite-bathroom-makes-for-happier-mice/ https://review.bellmedia.ca/view/208463829

Dr. Cathy Schuppli recorded a webinar for the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

Dr Cathy Schuppli, Clinical Assistant Professor and a Clinical Veterinarian at UBC’s Animal Care Services, recorded a webinar titled “Superstar Rats Teach Empathy to Researchers” for the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. She discussed a creative method to foster a culture of empathy with new animal researchers entering an institution. Check […]

AWP alumnus Leanne McConnachie shares her research findings with “The Scrivener”

To see her article, follow this link.

Congratulations to MSc Student, Maria Chen for winning the “People’s Choice” award for her presentation at the Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference.

AWP in the News: Dairy Herd Management Reports on a recent study investigating competitive behaviour of cattle at the water trough

To see the report, follow this link!

Vancouver Foundation reports on the BCSPCA AnimalKind Program

To see a recent report by the Vancouver Foundation on the BCSPCA AnimalKind program, follow this link.

Please join our panel discussion on the future of animal welfare!

Update!! For those who would like to link to the event online, it can be found through the Blue Jeans Network using the following information: To join the meeting on a computer or mobile phone: https://bluejeans.com/450910159?src=calendarLink Phone Dial-in +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free) +1.866.226.4650 (US Toll Free) Global Numbers: https://www.bluejeans.com/premium-numbers Meeting ID: 450 910 159 Room […]

Julia Lomb Starts as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Animal Welfare Program

I grew up in Germany where I received my veterinary degree in 2008, and practiced as a dairy vet for 4 years. In 2013, I joined UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, first as an international student scholar, then as PhD student in 2014. During my PhD I investigated how healthy and sick dairy cows differ in […]

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 […]

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