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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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BC SPCA’s Wild ARC voted favourite non-profit second year in a row

November 23, 2020

The BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) was recently named ‘favourite non-profit’ by the WestShore Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row. From Oct.26th to 29th of this year, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce and Goldstream Gazette held online appreciation events to honour community groups and organizations for their significant …

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Remembering the animals who served in war

miltary man with dog
November 1, 2020

Tens of thousands of dogs, horses, and other animals have served Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces during times of war, assisting with everything from transporting equipment and supplies to carrying messages to saving troops under fire. Some of these animals are honoured at the Animals in War Dedication, a monument located in Ottawa’s Confederation …

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BC SPCA receives $70,000 from PetSmart Charities® of Canada for outreach program

Victoria Olynik outside truck with pet food bank
August 6, 2020

PetSmart Charities® of Canada has announced a $55,000 grant for the BC SPCA’s pet food bank outreach program, which provides support for pet guardians in need across B.C. This new grant is in addition to a $15,000 outreach grant provided by PetSmart Charities® of Canada earlier this year. “The BC SPCA has always operated pet …

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