Animals in Science

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 […]

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 […]

Adam Schriver public talk: The Neuroethics of Animal Welfare

  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. […]

Animal welfare students in the poster competition at ISAE 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, […]

UBC Alumni are Making Animals in Science Count: Launch of New National Institute

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 […]

Zebrafish research featured in PLoS ONE’s favorite articles of 2014

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!

Prof. Dan Weary receives 2014 Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award

Prof. Dan Weary receives award in recognition of his work to enhance the well-being of laboratory animals.

“Dilemmas in Animal Welfare”

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?”

Fish euthanasia research featured in Nature

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.

Emotional rats

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 […]

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