Catherine Schuppli joined the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics as a postdoctoral fellow (04-06) in CIHR’s Ethics of Health Research and Policy Training Program. She received and Honours BSc in zoology from the University of Guelph, a MSc in zoology from the University of Alberta and a PhD in animal welfare from the University of British Columbia.
Catherine has had a long fascination with animals. After growing up as a teenager in Tanzania, where holidays were spent in the Serengeti, her fascination with wildlife lead her to study zoology. Her research career began with summer jobs and graduate studies, leading her to study many wild and domesticated species of animals in far away corners of Canada and the world. As a result she has had a longstanding interest in the role of animals in society and the way in which animals are used, treated, protected, and managed, with a concern for improving their lives.
I am interested in ethical issues surrounding the use of animals in society – in research, agriculture, and as companion animals – and in particular, how we govern their use. I am also interested in understanding our relationship with animals, how this is shaped by culture and how these influence animal welfare. Research specialties include qualitative animal welfare research, research ethics, and animal biology.