Current Funding Priorities

Gifts from supporters are a vital source of income for the Animal Welfare Program. Gifts can be directed in three ways.

Support for immediate projects

Gifts have been crucial to the breadth of work done in the Program. Most gifts are used to support area where is no formal program of research funding. For example, gifts have supported:

  1. Amelia MacRae’s research that improved the feeding and health of orphaned harbour seal pups
  2. Anna Drake’s research on improving the raising of mallard ducklings brought to wildlife rehabilitation facilities
  3. Nancy Clarke’s work on reducing stress in dogs in shelters
  4. Jeff Spooner’s study that identified the animal welfare issues and concerns faced by cattle ranchers

Gifts can be directed to a specific area such as companion animals, farm animals, lab animals or wild animals, or they can be designated for the areas of greatest need.

Support in perpetuity

2012 Animal Welfare Program

2012 Animal Welfare Program

The Animal Welfare Program has created an Endowment Fund which generates annual income for the program Program and secures the future of the Program in perpetuity. Gifts to the Animal Welfare Program Endowment Fund are the most certain way to ensure that animal welfare continues to be a priority at the University of British Columbia. Many bequest donors and some annual donors direct their donations to this Fund.


Scholarships in animal welfare

Scholarship support allows graduate students to work full-time on their research and education. Because animal welfare is a relatively new field, there are few scholarships in the area. Donors can contribute to existing scholarships or establish their own scholarship, either for a specific area or for animal welfare in general. Our existing scholarships are:


In 2007, Diane Haynes initiated a unique scholarship in animal welfare. A UBC alum, Haynes graduated with a BA in Religious Studies in 1989 and returned to UBC in 2003 to take “Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use” in the Animal Welfare Program. She then went on to write mystery novels for teens based on her experiences in wildlife rescue. The Haynes Scholarship for the Advancement of Animal Welfare supports graduate students conducting research on reducing animal suffering through such means as education, the media and the law.

Read more about Diane’s inspiration to support the UBC Animal Welfare Program thanks to a little grey kitten named “Mouse.


Marion Judith Madsen volunteered for many years doing home care of orphaned and baby animals so that they could be released back to the wild. This scholarship, endowed in her memory by her husband, Gregory P. Madsen, is provided to help others continue their studies and thereby benefit the animals that she so loved. The scholarship is given annually to students of animal welfare studying wildlife and wildlife ecosystems.


For more information on giving options and opportunities, visit the UBC Start an Evolution website, or contact the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Development Office:

Niki Glenning
Development Officer
Ph: 604-822-8910

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