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  • AWP International Undergraduate Work Learn Positions

    AWP International Undergraduate Work Learn Positions

    The Animal Welfare Program has received funding through UBC’s Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award (WLIURA) Program to engage five current UBC undergraduate students who meet the WLIURA eligibility criteria. To see if you are eligible for WLIURA, please see here for details. In order to apply, eligible students must log into Careers Online to view the posting…

  • Meet Negar Sadrzadeh – International Day of Women in Science

    Meet Negar Sadrzadeh – International Day of Women in Science

    On this International Day of Women in Science, we would like to introduce you to graduate student Negar Sadrzadeh.  Negar joined the Animal Welfare Program at UBC in February 2021, travelling from Iran to become a master’s student. Learn about how Negar uses her experiences with animals and computer science to improve the welfare of…

  • Peek-a-Moo: Data Visualization at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Center

    Peek-a-Moo: Data Visualization at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Center

    UBC’s Dairy Education and Research Centre (DERC) is the site of a wide variety of research projects into dairy cattle behaviour, welfare and more. At the DERC each cow is monitored consistently with regards to their eating and drinking habits, social interactions, sleeping patterns and more. This information is used in a variety of research and…

  • Meet Visiting Scientist Dr. Jana Denissen

    Meet Visiting Scientist Dr. Jana Denissen

    Dr. Jana Denissen is a scientist visiting the Animal Welfare Program (AWP) for four months from her home in western Germany where she works at the North-Rhine-Westphalian Chamber of Agriculture. Completing her BSc in Agricultural Science and MSc in Animal Science at Bonn University, Germany, she completed her PhD at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn. Under the…

  • Meet AWP collaborator Dr. Katia Atoji Henrique – National horse day

    Meet AWP collaborator Dr. Katia Atoji Henrique – National horse day

    In honour of National Horse Day on December 13th, we would like to introduce you to an Animal Welfare Program (AWP) collaborator, Dr. Katia Atoji Henrique, whose research includes the health and welfare of our equine companions.  Katia is a professor in the Animal Science Program at the Federal University of Technology in Prana, Brazil…

  • New AWP research on public feedback for animal research protocols

    New AWP research on public feedback for animal research protocols

    A publication by Michael Brunt and Dan Weary, titled Public Consultation in the Evaluation of Animal Research Protocols, was recently published in PLoS ONE. The aim of this study was to assess the potential for public feedback on animal research protocols, and to develop an understanding of the types of animal research the public are accepting of.…

  • New AWP research investigating stress in shelter cats

    New AWP research investigating stress in shelter cats

    Entering an animal shelter can be stressful for cats, as cats are highly sensitive to environmental change. Stress experienced in the shelter can impact cat health and behaviour, and stress mitigation is critical to shelter cat welfare. Cats also have very sensitive hearing and possess one of the broadest known hearing ranges among all mammals,…

  • Congratulations to all of our November graduates

    Congratulations to all of our November graduates

    Elizabeth Russell Congratulations to Elizabeth Russell on graduating with her Masters degree in Applied Animal Biology! Her research focused on investigating the perspectives of dairy producers regarding calf rearing. She plans on returning to the Animal Welfare Program as a PhD student in the new year. Erin A. Ryan Congratulations to Erin A. Ryan for…

  • Meet PhD candidate Michael Brunt

    Meet PhD candidate Michael Brunt

    Michael Brunt is a PhD Candidate with the Animal Welfare Program whose research addresses perceptions of transparency and how these influence the societal acceptance of animals used for research.  Before coming to the AWP at UBC, Michael worked as a research animal professional for 18 years, frequently encountering questions from friends and family about how…

  • Meet visiting international student Zimbabwe Osorio Santos

    Meet visiting international student Zimbabwe Osorio Santos

    Over the years, the UBC Animal Welfare Program has hosted many visiting international students. This collaboration with researchers and students from across the globe fosters an environment of knowledge sharing which further promotes the wellbeing of animals across the world.  We would like to introduce you to one of our current visiting students, Zimbabwe! My…