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Recent news from the Animal Welfare Program.

UNDERGRADUATE ANIMAL WELFARE JUDGING TEAM REPRESENTS UBC IN 2018 ASSESSMENT CONTEST AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

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

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.

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