Two University of British Columbia professors have been recognized for their work in bovine welfare.
Daniel Weary and Marina von Keyserlingk are joint recipients of the 2013 Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award.
They were selected by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians and by the Boehringer Ingelheim pharmaceutical company.
The award is given annually to a Canadian veterinarian or animal scientist considered to have ad-vanced the welfare of animals.
Weary is a professor at UBC and co-founder of the university’s animal welfare program, which was designed to improve animals’ lives through research, education and outreach, according to a news release announcing the award.
His research involves dairy cattle comfort, calf feeding, lameness and pain management.
Keyserlingk, also a UBC professor, used her expertise in dairy cattle nutrition and management to improve the animal welfare program, the release said.
She and Weary are now investigating links between cow behaviour and nutrition as it relates to welfare.
“Their work in dairy cattle welfare has impacted countless individuals, whether producers, veterinarians, nutritionists, consultants, students and the general public,” said the release.
“In the past 11 years, their research has spanned and covered nearly all issues related to dairy cattle welfare.”
The two scientists have published more than 140 research papers, several book chapters and numerous other scholarly works.