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Daniel Weary

Daniel Weary

Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
The University of British Columbia

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Senior Chairholder since 1997

Related Chair

David Fraser


The UBC Animal Welfare Program is a broadly focused program of research, education and public outreach that seeks to improve the lives of animals, especially through practical improvements in animal housing and handling. It has provided research-based recommendations for such issues as dairy cattle housing, humane euthanasia of laboratory animals and care of small animals in rescue shelters.

The Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Cattle Welfare represents the largest single focus of the program. Building on 10 years of research and outreach to the dairy and cattle industries, the IRC will focus, for 2009-2014, on improving cattle housing in ways that promote animal health and the management of major transitions in the lives of cattle at weaning, parturition and at the end of lactation.

The research will improve the welfare of cattle and thus the commercial operation of dairy farms and beef ranches. Implementation of the research is achieved by regular communication with producers and veterinarians in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally through publications, workshops, the media and personal contact.

The IRC program also provides training to excellent MSc and PhD students who continue the work through careers in industry, academia, government and research.

Daniel Weary was appointed to this position in 1997. His research specializes on the scientific assessment of animal welfare, with a special focus on animal behaviour. Recent research topics include the assessment and prevention of pain and distress, early detection of diseases such as lameness, and improved housing systems for animals, especially dairy cows and calves.


  • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Westgen
  • Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund
  • Pfizer Animal Health/Groupe de la santé animale (Pfizer)
  • B.C. Milk Producers Association
  • B.C. Dairy Foundation
  • BC Dairy Education and Research Association
  • Alberta Milk

Contact Information

Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
The University of British Columbia
2357 Main Mall, Suite 248
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4

Tel.: 604-822-2040
Fax: 604-822-4400

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