Professor, Animal Welfare Program
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare
MacMillan 189, 2357 Main Mall
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.
APBI 315 Animal welfare and the ethics of animal use
APBI 398 Research Methods in Applied Animal Biology
APBI 499 Undergraduate Thesis
ANSC 550 Topics in Animal Welfare
ANSC 551 Tutorials in Animal Welfare Research
AGSC 504 Research Methods in Agricultural Sciences
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
Killam Research Prize, UBC , 2014
Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award , 2014
Metacam Bovine Welfare Award , 2013
Killam Teaching Prize, UBC , 2013