NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare
Professor, Animal Welfare Program
phone: 6048223954
fax: 6048222184
MacMillan 189
2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


McGill, Queen’s, Concordia Universities, Postdoc
Oxford Unixersity, D.Phil, Zoology
McGill University, M.Sc, Biology
McGill University, B.Sc, Biology


Dan works with students and colleagues in the Animal Welfare Program using behavioural and other non-invasive measures to objectively assess various aspects of animal well-being. One focus of recent work is the dairy cow, and welfare issues important in this species.

In his graduate and postdoctoral work Dan focused on acoustic communication and vocal behavior in wild birds and mammals. He has now turned his interests to the development of objective methods of assessing animal well-being. This more recent work includes more basic research on how vocal and other behaviors can provide us with information about an animal’s physical and emotional state, as well as how these measures can be applied to find better ways of handling animals


  • Animal welfare and the ethics of animal use (APBI 315)
  • Research Methods in Applied Animal Biology (APBI 398)
  • Undergraduate Thesis (APBI 499)
  • Topics in Animal Welfare (ANSC 550) or Tutorials in Animal Welfare Research (ANSC 551)
  • Research Methods in Agricultural Sciences (AGSC 504)

Selected Publications

See Google Scholar for a complete list of publications.

Weary, D.M., P. Droege, and V.A. Braithwaite. 2017. Behavioural evidence of felt emotions: approaches, inferences and refinements. Adv. Stud. Behav. 49:27-48.

Thompson, A.J., D.M. Weary, and M.A.G. von Keyserlingk. 2017. Technical note: Mining data from on-farm electronic equipment to identify the time dairy cows spend away from the pen, J. Dairy Sci. 100: 3975–3982.

Atkinson, D.J., M.A.G. von Keyserlingk, and D.M. Weary. 2017. Benchmarking passive transfer of immunity and growth in dairy calves. J. Dairy Sci. 100:3773–3782.

von Keyserlingk, M.A.G., A. Amorim Cestari, B. Franks, J.A. Fregonesi, and D.M. Weary. 2017. Dairy cows value access to pasture as highly as fresh feed. Scientific Reports: 7:44953

Busch, G., D.M. Weary, A. Spiller, and M.A.G. von Keyserlingk. 2017. American and German attitudes towards cow-calf separation on dairy farms. PLOS ONE 12: e0174013

Awards & Honours

Killam Research Prize, UBC , 2014
Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award , 2014
Metacam Bovine Welfare Award , 2013
Killam Teaching Prize, UBC , 2013