Animals in Science

Congratulations to Michael Brunt for winning a UBC Public Scholars Award

This award is part of the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) which intends to build connections, community, and capacity for doctoral students who are interested in explicitly linking their doctoral work to an arena of public benefit and integrating broader and more career-relevant forms of scholarship into their doctoral education process. The award is intended […]

Dr. Cathy Schuppli keynote speaker at Hyndman Lecture 2019

Animal Welfare Program member Dr. Cathy Schuppli delivered the keynote address at the Louis D Hyndman Sr Lecture 2019, which took place on September 23 at the University of Alberta. Dr. Schuppli’s address was titled “What Can Researchers Learn From Trained Superstar Rats?” The Hyndman lecture was established in 1994 by the University of Alberta […]


APBI 317 (3) – ANIMALS USED IN SCIENCE: WELFARE AND ETHICS (previously called APBI 490 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Laboratory Animal Use). Offered in winter 2019, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:50. This course is open to anyone with 3rd or 4th year standing. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the controversial use […]

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 […]

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:

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: Phone Dial-in +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free) +1.866.226.4650 (US Toll Free) Global Numbers: Meeting ID: 450 910 159 Room […]

Professor Dan Weary contributes to a critical reflection on animal welfare

The week the journal Animal Welfare published its first ever complete volume of open access papers. This volume, entitled “Animal Welfare Reconsidered”, consists of a series of papers that all seek to provide critical reflection on topics relevant to animal welfare. Animal welfare is conceptually challenging and methodologically vexatious, and any changes required to improve welfare are often difficult […]

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

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 […]

PhD student Lucia Amendola 1st place in the research poster competition at the 2016 International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) conference, Edinburgh, UK.

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 […]

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