Daniel Weary

Daniel Weary

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

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

Killam Research Prize, UBC , 2014

Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award , 2014

Metacam Bovine Welfare Award , 2013

Killam Teaching Prize, UBC , 2013