UBC’s Animal Welfare Program (AWP) was created in 1997 with the mission “to improve the lives of animals through research, education, and outreach”. The program is located in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. It began through the support of the BC SPCA, Dairy Farmers of Canada, the BC Veterinary Medical Association, and many other partner organizations together with matching funds from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and donations from many individuals. Last year, the AWP celebrated its 25th anniversary—this is a time to reflect on how the program has grown, as well as look forward to the future of the Program.


Our research is made possible by partners of the AWP.

In 1997, eleven organizations – the BC SPCA, BC Veterinary Medical Association and its members, Dairy Farmers of Canada, BC Dairy Foundation, Western Canada’s Genetics Centre (Westgen), Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund, BC Egg Producers Association, BC Broiler Egg Hatching Commission, Horse Council of BC, Animal Nutrition Association of Canada-BC Division, BC Salmon Farmers Association – pledged cooperation and assistance which enabled the Program to obtain matching funding from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and to establish itself as a powerful player in animal welfare. The initial five-year period ran from 1999-2003 with subsequent terms running 2004-2008, 2009-2013, 2014-2018, and 2019-2024.

2008 – 2013 Industry Partners
BC Dairy Association
Alberta Milk
Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund
Westgen Endowment Fund
Dairy Farmers of Canada


We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of the Animal Welfare Program.

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Alberta Farm Animal Care
  • Alberta Milk
  • Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada
  • Artex Barn Solutions
  • BC Veterinary Medical Association
  • BC Knowledge Development Fund
  • BC Veterinary Medical Association
  • BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • BC Dairy Foundation
  • BC Milk Producers
  • BC Broiler Hatching Egg Producers
  • BC Egg Producers Association
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • Cattle Industry Development Council of BC
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • Grand Valley Fortifiers
  • Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Novus International Inc.
  • Pfizer Animal Health Canada Ltd.
  • Ritchie-Smith Feed Inc.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • South Fraser Dairy Herd Improvement Association
  • Unifeed Ltd.
  • Viterra
  • Westgen Endowment Fund

and many others!

Individual donors play a major role in funding the Animal Welfare Program. Thank you to our many donors who have joined the growing community of friends of the Animal Welfare Program. Your support is very much appreciated.

Please help us continue improving the lives of animals at home and abroad.