The UBC Animal Welfare Program is one of the largest and most respected programs in the world in the field of animal welfare science. Since its inception in 1997, the program’s research has led to improvements in the lives of animals in British Columbia and around the world. The mission of the program is to improve the welfare and humane care of animals in agriculture, research, companionship and other areas through active efforts in research, education and public outreach.
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Jun 16, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Koralesky, Katherine E.; von Keyserlingk, Marina A.G.; Weary, Daniel M., 2023, "Assessing construct reliability through open-ended survey response analysis", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/PEPATK, Borealis, V3
Online surveys often include quantitative attention checks, but inattentive participants might also be identified using their qualitative responses. We used the software Turnitin™ to assess the originality of open-ended responses in four mixed-method online surveys that included...
May 14, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Azadian, Amin; Protopopova, Alexandra, 2024, "Replication Data for: Fundamental Learning Differences Across Five Dog Breed Clades: Breed-specific Predispositions, Individual Experiences, or a Fusion of Both?", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/WSKH1N, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:aKMHCnioJ3j6iSa70jdEPg== [fileUNF]
Learning is crucial for shaping domestic dogs’ behaviour through life experiences, yet not all breeds exhibit the same learning aptitude towards a particular task. The current study's objective was to identify differences in fundamental learning features across and within five br...
Mar 25, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Nizzi, Ellyn; Foris, Borbala; Weary, Daniel; Boudon, Anne; von Keyserlingk, Marina, 2024, "Replication Data for: Overstocking and temporal feed restriction affects dairy cows’ drinking behavior", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/JLDGQG, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:V8RIvtY3mMJTQkD5WtD77w== [fileUNF]
Water is an essential resource for dairy cows and its consumption is closely linked to feed intake. Social competition can lead to changes in drinking behavior. We studied how the combination of stocking at the drinker (6 or 12 cows per drinker) and temporal feed restriction (14...
Mar 16, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Sheng, Kehan Sky; Foris, Borbala; Krahn, Joseph; Weary, Daniel; von Keyserlingk, Marina, 2023, "Replication data for: Redefining dominance calculation: Increased competition flattens the dominance hierarchy in dairy cows", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/HT9EHX, Borealis, V2
Dominance hierarchies are known for mitigating conflicts and guiding priority of access to limited resources in gregarious animals. The dominance hierarchy of dairy cows is typically constructed using agonistic interactions, usually monitored at the feed bunk right after fresh fe...
Mar 4, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Hendricks, Jillian; Weary, Daniel; von Keyserlingk, Marina, 2024, "Expert views on communicating genetic technology used in agriculture", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/IK9T5E, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:YLbn6Hbxvl6ALeAPI2Cl0Q== [fileUNF]
The aim of the current study was to describe the views of experts working in agricultural genetics regarding how best to communicate genetic technology with a broader audience (e.g., clientele, the public). We recruited 10 experts working in roles that involve communication about...
Feb 2, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Nogues, Emeline; Weary, Daniel M.; von Keyserlingk, Marina A. G., 2024, "Replication Data for: Effect of social relationships on dairy cows’ decision to move to and from an outdoor area.", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/3PLZRY, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:GTAvnchcZjzyrKGFF2Ivmw== [fileUNF]
Leader-follower behaviours have been described in cattle housed on pasture and when entering the milking parlour. To our knowledge, no study has investigated these behaviours in cattle provided free-choice access to the outdoors. This study explores whether the timing of cows exi...
Feb 2, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Osório-Santos, Zimbábwe; Ede, Thomas; Hötzel, Maria José; Weary, Daniel M.; von Keyserlingk, Marina, 2024, "Replication Data for: Early pain experiences in dairy calves on pain sensitivity later in life", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/XYGOIG, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:RFfjFpZb3TL3TGzCUXHRjQ== [fileUNF]
In humans, early painful experiences can increase pain sensitivity later in life, but little is known regarding this phenomenon in cattle. This study assessed if a painful event early in life affects later pain sensitivity in 40-d-old calves. Holstein calves (n = 26) were randoml...
Jan 15, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Krahn, Joseph; Azadian, Amin; Cavalli, Camilla; Miller, Julia; Protopopova, Alexandra, 2024, "Replication Data for: Effect of pre-session training on performance in a judgement bias test in dogs", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/QJLSKV, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:hFzhItnk20Ki4DfNKcqHbA== [fileUNF]
Spatial judgement bias tests (JBTs) can involve teaching animals that a bowl provides a reward in one location but does not in another. The animal is then presented with the bowl placed between the rewarded and the unrewarded locations (i.e., ambiguous locations) and their latenc...
Jan 2, 2024 - UBC Research Data Collection
Krahn, Joseph; Foris, Borbala; Sheng, Kehan Sky; Weary, Daniel; von Keyserlingk, Marina, 2024, "Replication Data for: Effects of group size on agonistic interactions in dairy cows: a descriptive study", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/JUDKT7, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:N85lGflOg2t83HexOvYX6Q== [fileUNF]
Group-housed cattle sometimes engage in agonistic competitive behavior over resources such as feed, which can negatively affect aspects of welfare. Little is known about how contextual factors such as group size influence agonistic behavior. We explored the frequency of agonistic...
Nov 20, 2023 - UBC Research Data Collection
Foris, Borbala; Vandresen, Bianca; Sheng, Kehan Sky; Krahn, Joseph; Weary, Daniel; von Keyserlingk, Marina, 2023, "Replication Data for: Automated, longitudinal measures of drinking behaviour provide insights into the social hierarchy in dairy cows", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP3/U8TXOC, Borealis, V1
Water is an essential resource for dairy cattle, and in some circumstances cattle will compete with one another to gain access to water. Here we applied a Bayesian-based, Elo-rating method to assess the winning probabilities of 87 cows housed in a dynamic group and compared the r...
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