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Dr. Sara Dubois

Chief Scientific Officer, BC SPCA

Adjunct Professor, UBC

BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals & University of British Columbia

Dr. Sara Dubois is an animal welfare scientist and wildlife biologist who has been working to improve the lives of wild animals for 20 years. Born and raised in Victoria BC, she has travelled internationally to learn

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how to best affect change for animals and pass those lessons on.

Dr. Dubois worked on diverse wildlife projects with Parks Canada, the BC Ministry of Environment, Wild Birds Trust and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Network, before joining the BC SPCA. She managed BC’s largest all-species wildlife rehabilitation centre before moving onto provincial wildlife and exotic animal operations and policy. As CSO, she leads four teams of science and policy experts as a national leader in evidence-based programming for the animal welfare sector. 

As UBC Adjunct Professor, Dr. Dubois teaches an applied animal biology course year-round to involve students in hands-on practicums working with all animal types. Her passion for international travel has shown her both the good and bad sides of animal tourism, inspiring many of her recent lectures and a book chapter in Tourism and Animal Welfare (