From his childhood on a farm in southern Ontario, David Fraser has maintained a fascination with animals throughout his 40 year research career.
With a degree in psychology (Toronto) and a PhD in zoology (Glasgow), Prof Fraser did research on the welfare of farm animals (Edinburgh School of Agriculture,1971-1975) and on the behaviour and management of moose (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 1975-1981) before developing a research team on farm animal welfare and behaviour at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa (1981-1997). He joined UBC in 1997.
Prof. Fraser is an enthusiastic teacher who mentors many graduate students and takes the leading role in the award-winning course, "Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use". He is in high demand as a lecturer off-campus, logging 100,000 km per year in lecture trips. Recent and up-coming speaking engagements include: