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Long-time Sunshine Coast resident and dog trainer recognized by the BC SPCA

August 2, 2022

Best Friends Dog Training and Behaviour is the latest dog training company in Powell River to receive BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation. They join Paw in Hand, which moved to the region in the spring. The AnimalKind accreditation recognizes dog training companies that use evidence-based positive reinforcement training methods and are committed to high animal welfare. …

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BC SPCA celebrates Vancouver company’s commitment to humane wildlife control

July 21, 2022

Stories about human-animal interactions are common in neighbourhoods around B.C., where people co-exist with urban wildlife. People want to do the right thing when encountering rodents and other wildlife around their homes, but lack of information and expertise can lead to unqualified people offering harmful pest control services. This is why the BC SPCA celebrates …

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Nanaimo Pet Services recognized by the BC SPCA

June 8, 2022

Nanaimo Pet Services has been recognized by the BC SPCA with its AnimalKind accreditation for the company’s science-based, humane approach to dog training. Talia Reimer Tiongson, who acquired Nanaimo Pet Services two years ago, says she and her team – trainers Stephanie Champagne and Odessa Kasprowicz – work with pets and their guardians using reward-based …

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Powell River new home for AnimalKind accredited humane dog trainer

May 19, 2022

When dog trainer Maren Bruun and her husband decided to leave their town of Squamish, initially they were not sure where they were going to move to. However, one weekend visiting friends in Powell River was all it took for them to fall in love with the city and decide to settle there for their …

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Surrey dog trainer receives AnimalKind accreditation

March 16, 2022

Bianca Steinmetz, owner of Bianca’s Dog Training & Behavioural Consulting, has made it her mission to strengthen relationships between dogs and their guardians through science-based humane dog training. Steinmetz, who worked at a doggy daycare before owning a dog walking service, decided to get the education and credentials needed to become a humane dog trainer, …

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Vancouver dog trainer recognized by the BC SPCA

February 7, 2022

Vanessa Kursan, owner of Evolve Dog Training in Vancouver, has always been an educator. A former educational therapist, Kursan fell in love with dog training 14 years ago when taking her puppy to an agility class. “I became inspired to understand how dogs learn and embarked on a new educational journey to become a dog …

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Burnaby dog trainer recognized with AnimalKind accreditation

January 21, 2022

The story of Julia Lomb, PhD, owner and trainer at Neighborhound Dog Training in Burnaby, has always involved animals. Lomb’s love and admiration for animals earned her a veterinary degree in Germany and, later, a PhD through the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program. Lomb’s interest in animal behaviour next led her to become …

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National animal welfare award supports Canadian veterinarians in new era of online professional development

Laurie McDuffee
January 14, 2022

The past years have brought about many changes for conferences and professional development in the animal welfare sector, as online learning and meetings have now become the norm. With many in-person conferences being cancelled or going virtual since March 2020, the annual Dr. Carol Morgan Memorial Award (CMMA) also pivoted to enable veterinarians to attend …

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B.C. veterinarian honoured for outstanding contributions to animals

Dr. Emilia Gordon
June 1, 2021

Dr. Emilia Wong Gordon, the BC SPCA’s senior manager of animal health, has been recognized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for her outstanding contributions to the welfare of animals. Dr. Gordon is the recipient of the CVMA’s 2021 Humane Award, which honours a Canadian veterinarian whose leadership and care has contributed significantly to the …

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BC SPCA work leads to discovery of new feline virus

animal cruelty officer holding kitten
March 6, 2021

A mysterious contagious disease outbreak at the BC SPCA’s Community Animal Centre in Vancouver last year has led to the discovery of a new feline virus. The BC SPCA team not only successfully contained the outbreak, but their work led to the discovery of the previously unknown fechavirus (not related to COVID-19). Staff became concerned …

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