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News Category: Awards and accreditation

National animal welfare award adapts to support Canadian veterinarians to attend virtual conferences

Laurie McDuffee
January 26, 2021

The year 2020 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 in-person conferences being cancelled as of March 2020, the annual Dr. Carol Morgan Memorial Award (CMMA) initially awarded to attend the national animal welfare conference that month …

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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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BC SPCA congratulates Dr. Bettina Bobsien on CVMA Humane Award

Dr. Bettina Bobsien
July 20, 2020

The BC SPCA would like to express its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Bettina Bobsien, this year’s winner of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award. The CVMA Humane Award, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, was established in 1986 and recognizes leadership in the care and well-being of animals. This award is presented to a CVMA …

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UBC and BC SPCA launch new research chair to study companion animals

June 22, 2020

The BC SPCA is excited to share the following announcement from the University of British Columbia about the creation of a new research chair to improve the lives of companion animals. The BC SPCA is contributing $100,000 annually for a minimum of five years for the research chair. Companion animals play a large role in …

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BC SPCA work leads to discovery of new feline virus

animal cruelty officer holding kitten
May 28, 2020

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 Wild ARC reports another successful season

Fawns at Wild ARC
November 4, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) is reporting another successful season. In 2019, Wild ARC successfully reunited more than 100 baby animals with their wild moms including fledgling birds, deer fawns, raccoons, goslings, squirrels and rabbits during its busy season from May to September. More than …

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BC SPCA named one of Canada’s top charities for fifth year in a row

October 11, 2019

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has received four stars – the highest rating possible – in Charity Intelligence Canada’s annual list of top charities. This is the fifth year in a row the BC SPCA has been cited in the Charity Intelligence Canada report, which assesses hundreds of non-profit …

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Calling all veterinarians interested in ethics and animal welfare

Dog at vet clinic getting check up
September 10, 2019

The BC SPCA encourages all veterinarians across Canada interested in pursuing continued training or education related to ethics and animal welfare to apply for the Dr. Carol Morgan Memorial Award. Dr. Morgan served as a BC SPCA Board Member and Advisor, and was a beloved member of the animal welfare community. The Animal Welfare Foundation …

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