Animal Welfare and Behaviour

Led by UBC’s Dan WearyMarina (Nina) von Keyserlingk, and AAFC’s Anne Marie de PassilleJeff Rushen and Doug Veira, the Animal Welfare and Behaviour research team explores the ethical treatment of food animals, calf welfare, cow comfort and management, feeding behaviour, lameness and the general management of beef cattle.

Activities in this area include:

  • Developing on-farm methods of detecting lameness
  • Using biomechanical techniques to objectively analyze cow gait
  • Determining the relationship between environmental factors, such as flooring surface, and lameness
  • Improving feed bunk design and management
  • Improving cow comfort: free stall design and management
  • Using feeding behaviour as an early predictor of disease
  • Developing group housing strategies
  • Improving methods of feeding milk to calves
  • Minimizing stress during weaning
  • Optimizing age of separation from the dam
  • Minimizing pain and distress at dehorning

For more information, please visit the UBC Animal Welfare Program website.

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2357 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604-822-1219
Dean: Rickey Yada
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Fax: 1-604-796-8413
Director: Jim Thompson
Manager: Nelson Dinn

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