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 […]
November 14, 2015
June 3, 2015
Registration now open for Compassionate Conservation 2015 conference, hosted by UBC. For more details please visit: http://compassionateconservation.net/save-date-compassionate-conservation-2015-ubc-vancouver-canada-28-31-july-2015/
September 26, 2014
Recent AWP alumna Sara Dubois had article selected by the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Wildlife Research as the highlight of the August issue. Post by Springer Animal Sciences.
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 23, 2014
Sara Dubois recently completed her PhD with UBC’s Animal Welfare Program and has now been appointed as the BC SPCA’s first Chief Scientific Officer. The BC SPCA is the first animal welfare organization in Canada to establish such a position.
February 14, 2014
Liv Baker’s PhD dissertation studied the effects of translocation on kangaroo rats, and how stressors during translocation can compromise the animals’ ability to cope.
November 22, 2013
The 2013 Stratton Lecture in Animal Welfare was given October 29 by Chris Draper, Programs Manager, Captive Wildlife/Science, for London- based Born Free Foundation, http://www.bornfree.org.uk/. The subject of the talk was “Captivity, Conservation and the Welfare of Wild Animals”. The Stratton Lecture is an annual public talk hosted by the UBC Animal Welfare Program and […]
November 8, 2013
Research conducted by UBC’s Sara Dubois found the majority of those surveyed believe habitat loss and pollution are the biggest threats to wildlife.
October 18, 2013
After numerous high-profile events where food-conditioned wildlife were killed in BC, PhD student Sara Dubois evaluated various types of feeding practices and prohibitions. The publication, featured this month in the journal Animals, reviews the literature and proposes a framework to help decide if, and when, it is reasonable to feed wildlife.
October 3, 2013
Abstract: Throughout the year, black bear (Ursus americanus) cubs are orphaned, abandoned, or permanently separated from their mothers due to natural or human causes. Although cubs have been the focus of limited rehabilitation efforts in North America for more than 30 years, information on bear rehabilitation remains sparse. Furthermore, a lack of agreement exists regarding the […]
September 19, 2013
Animal Welfare Program Ph.D. student Liv Baker recently presented her research at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare’s (UFAW) first international conference in Barcelona, “Science in the service of animal welfare: priorities around the world”. A recording of Liv’s presentation can now be heard on-line.
September 13, 2013
The story of the BC ‘pot’ bears became international news in summer 2010 – now PhD student Sara Dubois has recently published her 2011 community survey of Christina Lake residents in an article in the journal Animals. The two-phase phone survey of local attitudes documented varying beliefs about wildlife feeding and management actions for problem […]
September 11, 2013
PhD student Sara Dubois will present the results of her recent research at Living With Wildlife 2013. The conference intends to bring together local government officials, farmers, wildlife rehabilitation groups, animal control agencies, academics and individual citizens to work towards humane solutions to conflicts with bears, coyotes, beavers, deer and other urban species. Sara Dubois […]
April 11, 2013
Branding has been used for centuries on horses and cattle; more recently wildlife researchers have begun using hot-iron branding to identify marine mammals. Kristen Walker’s Ph.D. research focused on the pain and distress caused by branding and other marking methods in Steller sea lions, and how this could be avoided. Kristen’s work and other recent […]