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Marina von Keyserlingk

Marina von Keyserlingk

Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Welfare

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Associate Chairholder since 2009

Related Chair

David Fraser


The University of British Columbia 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 Dairy 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 also graduates excellent M.Sc. and Ph.D. students who continue the work through careers in industry, academia, government and research.

Dr. von Keyserlingk accepted an academic appointment in the Animal Welfare Program in 2002, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and appointed as Chair in 2009. She works tirelessly as an educator on farm animal care, and the impact of her research can now be seen on farms around the world. Her outreach work also includes serving as an advisor on animal welfare to organizations such as the Canadian Council on Animal Care, Federation of Animal Science Societies Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Care (United States) and the Production Executive Scientific Advisory Committee (Dairy Farmers of Canada).


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

Contact Information

Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia
Animal Welfare Program
2357 Main Mall, Suite 248
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4

Tel.: 604-822-4898
Fax: 604-822-2184

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