Dr. Rebecca Ledger
Animal Behaviour & Welfare Scientist, Animal Behaviour & Welfare Consulting
Dr. Rebecca Ledger is an animal behaviour and animal welfare scientist, based in Vancouver, BC. She has an undergraduate Honours degree in Biology from the University of London, an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in companion animal behaviour and welfare from Brunel University. She worked as a Research Assistant at the Waltham Centre of Pet Nutrition, researching relationships between diet and behavioural development in animals. And has held numerous Post-Doctorate Fellowships, researching the effect of psychopharmaceuticals on animal behaviour. Previously, she has held the position of Manager & Acting General Manager of Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare for the BC SPCA, Lecturer at Brunel University, and Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, roles where Rebecca has supervised many students in animal behaviour and animal welfare at BSc, MSc and PhD level. At present, Rebecca is a faculty member of Langara College, teaching courses in animal behaviour, animal welfare and animal law in various programs, including the Animal Control Officers Basic Training. She has taught courses in animal behavioural forensics and ‘The Violence Link’ to Police organizations and Crown across Canada, and is regularly retained by humane societies, governments, pet owners, Crown and Defence counsel to provide expert opinion in legal cases involving animal cruelty and animal behaviour (>165 cases since 2010). Rebecca is an APBC Clinical Animal Behaviourist, an ABTC Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, and operates a clinical animal behaviour referral clinic, seeing pets with behavioural problems on veterinary referral in BC’s Lower Mainland. She is a member of various government animal welfare committees, providing expertise on the assessment of animal welfare and suffering across many species.