Science Serving Animal Welfare: Part 2



Dr. David Fraser, Professor, Animal Welfare Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute
Dr. Cathy Schuppli, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC)


To mark the 20th anniversary of the UBC Animal Welfare Program, PhD graduates of the Program will describe their work and the interesting directions their careers have taken. In this, the second of two sessions, Dr. Cathy Schuppli (UBC veterinarian and Clinical Professor) will show how she is using specially-trained rats to teach empathy to students and technicians, and Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy will speak about the Animals in Science Policy Institute (which she founded) to replace the use of animals in teaching and research. Professor David Fraser will end the session with some of the science behind the concept of "One Welfare" that links animal welfare, human welfare and the environment.


  1. "Animal welfare science" is an emerging field that informs and underlies policies and practices that improve the lives of animals.
  2. Graduates in animal welfare science are promoting animal welfare through a wide range of careers.
  3. The concept of "One Welfare" recognizes the many connections between animal welfare, human welfare and the integrity of the environment.

Read about Science Serving Animal Welfare, Part 1 here.


Dr. David Fraser is a Professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. The topics of his long research career have ranged from better management of farm animals to ways to reduce highway accidents involving moose. He has served as professor and mentor to many people who now have leadership roles in the animal protection movement and animal-related professions. His publications include the book Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context. He was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2005 for his work as "a pioneer in the field of animal welfare science".

Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy is Executive Director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute, a registered Canadian charity that aims to build an ethical culture of science that respects animal life by promoting the reduction and replacement of animals in teaching, research and testing. Elisabeth brings to this role her background in Neuroscience and PhD-level expertise in animal ethics and the governance of animal-based science. She worked for the Canadian Council on Animal Care as a research fellow from 2009-2011, and subsequently sat on the Standards Committee until 2016. Elisabeth currently sits as an Advisor on the Environment and Animal Welfare committee for the Vancouver Foundation and on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods.

Dr. Cathy Schuppli is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Animal Welfare Program and a Clinical Veterinarian at the University of British Columbia. Cathy’s research in animal welfare explores the relationship of humans with animals: in science, in agriculture and as companion animals. She has published on attitudes of animal scientists, animal producers and members of the public. She also has extensive experience and research on governance of animals used in research. Cathy is committed to challenging the norms of how we care for and interact with animals, to ensure we are always seeking and implementing welfare improvements for animals.