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UBC alumni partner with BC SPCA to create wildlife accreditation program

December 12, 2016

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is highlighting a unique partnership with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) featuring three of its alumni, all of whom are working on creating a new wildlife accreditation program.

The program, intended to encourage wildlife and rodent control companies to make ethical decisions when controlling wildlife populations, is the first of its kind in B.C.

Dr. Sara Dubois, BC SPCA chief scientific officer, Nicole Fenwick, manager, research and standards, scientific programs division, and Erin A. Ryan, research coordinator, scientific programs – all UBC Animal Welfare Program alumni – have consulted extensively with animal welfare scientists internationally as well as with the pest control industry in the province, in order to create humane wildlife control standards for the accreditation program.

“It’s a practical approach to resolving urban animal welfare issues in B.C.,” says Dubois.

“As urban developments encroach on the natural habitats of wild animals, human-wildlife conflicts have become more common, and there are significant welfare concerns for wildlife, especially when injured and orphaned animals are brought into BC SPCA as a result of bad practices.”

Funded by the Peter Wall Institute and Vancouver Foundation, the project is in its third and final development year, before the BC SPCA launches the program publicly in late 2017.

Find out more about this innovative program and partnership today.

Photo of two mice (previous page): Tina Hurd.

Top right photo: Nicole Fenwick, left, Dr. Sara Dubois and Erin A. Ryan.




The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.