Animals in Science
December 9, 2016
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 […]
September 21, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 3:30pm, Room 40, Food, Nutrition & Health Building, 2205 East Mall. In this presentation I provide an overview of the under-discussed intersection between neuroethics and animal welfare. I consider new developments in applied ethics that can come from (A) what neuroscience can tell us and (B) from what neuroscience allows us to do. […]
August 16, 2016
Congratulations to PhD student Lucia Amendola for placing first in the poster competition at the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) 2016 Conference, in Edinburgh UK. Lucia’s poster was on “Understanding variation in rat responses to CO2 ” Lucia isae16 final. Congratulations also to applied animal biology undergraduate Mari Kondoh, and supervisor Dr Becca Franks, […]
December 14, 2015
How many animals are used in science in Canada each year and for what? Good question! The answer = we don’t really know. And that is why two UBC Alumni, Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy and Dr. Sara Dubois have formed a new national non-profit organization, The Animals in Science Policy Institute. The Animals in Science Policy […]
July 2, 2015
“[Makowska] gained an interest in lab-animal welfare while an undergrad studying biology and psychology; in her current work, she’s researching the benefits of enriched environments not just for rats, but for the lab technicians who handle them.” Read the full article here.* Way to go, Jo! ***The link, via PressReader, requires an account to access […]
February 17, 2015
Euthanasia is one of the most common laboratory procedures, because virtually every animal is killed at the end of a study. A growing body of research has shown that the inhalant anaesthetic isoflurane is a more humane alternative to the commonly used carbon dioxide (CO2) for rendering rodents unconscious during euthanasia. Although isoflurane is more […]
January 20, 2015
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is often used to euthanize laboratory rodents at the end of a research study. A growing body of research has shown that CO2 is aversive to mice and rats. Inhalant anaesthetics, like isoflurane, are a humane alternative to CO2 for rendering animals unconscious. This allows for a two-step procedure: rodents are first […]
January 7, 2015
A recent paper by AWP alumna Devina Wong, Nina von Keyserlingk, Jeffrey Richards, and Dan Weary was highlighted as a favorite article in 2014 by PLoS ONE editors. This honor was bestowed on just 13 articles published in the journal in 2014. See the list here. Please join us in congratulating Devina and colleagues!
September 11, 2014
Prof. Dan Weary receives award in recognition of his work to enhance the well-being of laboratory animals.
April 29, 2014
A new book “Dilemmas in Animal Welfare“, co-edited by UBC’s Dan Weary, was recently published by CABI. The book addresses some of the current debates in animal welfare such as tail docking, pet obesity, and neutering of feral cats. Dan has also contributed a chapter entitled “What is suffering in animals?”
February 28, 2014
Recent research from UBC’s Animal Welfare Program has inspired an Editorial in Nature, the world’s leading scientific journal, provocatively entitled “Fish have feelings too.” The Editorial argues for a re-examination of our ethical obligations to the animals we use in research, including fish that are rapidly becoming the most used animals in research laboratories.
February 25, 2014
Today’s issue of Nature covers recent research by UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, highlighting more humane methods for the killing and anaesthesia of laboratory fish. To learn more see our previous post on this topic.
February 13, 2014
A new study just published on the open access journal PLoS ONE shows how practices in research laboratories can be made more animal friendly.
August 26, 2013
What emotions do rats experience and how can we know? A newly published article by Animal Welfare Program members Joanna Makowska and Dan Weary reviews evidence that rats experience a range of positive and negative emotion, and that these states can be assessed scientifically using a range of techniques. The authors conclude that existing standards […]
August 6, 2013
An article in this week’s edition of the journal Nature profiles the contributions of graduate students Joanna Makowska and Devina Wong in developing more humane methods of euthanizing lab animals