As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Sara Dubois works at the Provincial Office to direct province-wide welfare science operations, education and advocacy projects. Her area of expertise is in wildlife welfare and human dimensions, but her role also aims to develop relationships with academia and advocate for animals used in science. She works on diverse issues from wildlife rehabilitation and oil spill response, to captive wild animal management, exotic pets, urban wildlife conflict, and compassionate conservation and assists in wildlife cruelty investigations. As an Advisor to the Whale Sanctuary Project, Dr. Dubois assisted in the hosting of the Cetacean Captivity Workshop and Compassionate Conservation conference in July 2015 in Vancouver.
Dr. Sara Dubois grew up near Victoria, BC and always had an affinity for wildlife. She first worked on contract with the BC SPCA as a movie monitor in 2001-2003, observing the welfare of animals used in entertainment in BC. Following her Master’s Degree research on wildlife rehabilitation, Sara became the manager of the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC). She served in this challenging role from 2004-2008 and continues to provide top-level oversight to the facility.
Her academic path includes a Biology BSc (UVic 2000), Animal Science MSc (UBC 2003), and Animal Science PhD (UBC 2014). Dr. Dubois serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of British Columbia Applied Biology Department, Directed Studies Supervisor for a Doctoral student at Royal Roads University, and as an Associate Academic at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is a Registered Professional Biologist, former board member of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC (2004-2010) and Past President of the Oiled Wildlife Society of BC (2007-2012).
Dr. Dubois, along with other passionate animal welfare colleagues, founded the national non-profit organization Animals in Science Policy Institute in 2015. As AiSPI Board President, she works to provide education on ethics and alternatives for animals used in teaching, testing and research in Canada.