Past University Public Lectures

2019 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

“The Future of Animal Welfare in Canada”
Panel Discussion:

Dr. Joanna Makowska, UBC

Dr, Diego Moya, University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sasha Protopopova, Texas Tech University

Dr. Charlotte Winder, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College

2016 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Temple Grandin, University of Colorado

“Maintaining High Standards in Animal Welfare”
The 2016 Stratton Lecture “Maintaining high standards in animal welfare” by Dr Temple Grandin was a tremendous success. The interest from the public and the University community was overwhelming. Dr Grandin’s talk was fully subscribed two weeks before the event, with a waiting list of 164. Dr Grandin kindly allowed us to audio tape her talk, a link to which was sent to all those on the wait list. The talk was broadcast on UBC CiTR radio, and the lecture is now available as a podcast to the general public at


2014 – University of Guelph Basil Capes Lecture

Dr. Sandra Olsen, Research Associate in the Biodiversity Institute
University of Kansas
“The Evolution of the Horse-human Relationship through Time”

2013 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Chris Draper, Born Free Foundation:

Welfare in a Conservation Context

To view the full video recording of the lecture, see:




2012 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Dr Becky Whay, Professor, University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Medicine
“Improving the lives of working horse (and their owners) in the developing world”

2010 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Dr Ian Duncan, Professor, University of Guelph
“Animal welfare, a recent history”

2009 – University of Guelph Basil Capes Lecture

Dr. Peter Singer, Princeton University
“Animals and Ethics”

2009 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Steve Ross, Lester E Fisher Center for Study and Conservation of Apes,
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago:
“Enriching the lives of zoo animals”

2008 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

10th Anniversary of the UBC Animal Welfare Program, alumni panel discussion:
Cassandra Tucker, PhD University of California, Davis
Carol Morgan, PhD, DVM, Veterinarian
Sara Dubois, MSc, BC SPCA
Julie Huzzey, PhD candidate, Cornell University
Leanne McConnachie, MSc, Vancouver Humane Society

2007 – University of Guelph Basil Capes Lecture

Dr. Michael Appleby, World Society for the Protection of Animals
“Why should we care about animals during times of crisis?”

2007 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Prof. Larry Dill, Simon Fraser University
“Animal welfare and conservation”

2006 – University of Guelph Basil Capes Lecture

Dr. Bernard Rollin, Colorado State University
“Emerging Social Ethics for Animals”

2006 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Dr. Carla Forte Maiolino Molento, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
“Animal welfare and the control of stray dogs in Brazil”

2005 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Dr Andrew Rowan, Executive VP Humane Society of the United States
“The animal protection movement in North America”

2004 – University of Guelph Basil Capes Lecture

Professor Vince Molony, University of Edinburgh
“Pain in Farm Animals: An investigation of how bad it is and what can be done about it”

2004 – UBC Stratton Memorial Lecture

Dr Arnold Arluke, Professor, Northeastern University
“Understanding the no-kill controversy”

2002 – University of Guelph Basil Capes Lecture

Dr. Bo Algers, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
“Welfare and Efficiency: Can They be Put Together in Piglet Production?: A Swedish Example”