Available Positions for Graduate Students


Available DVSc positions for 2020 are now being posted on the VIRMP website. For information on other available positions please visit the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program website www.virmp.org 


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MSc (Thesis) Position Department of Clinical Studies


Anesthetic Management of Cats undergoing Elective Surgery: Practices and Opinions of Veterinarians in Ontario


A 2-year MSc (Thesis) position is available in the Department of Clinical Studies investigating anesthetic and analgesic use in cats undergoing elective surgical procedures. The position will be supervised by Dr. Carolyn Kerr and is available starting May 4th, 2020.


Fortunately, in the last ten years, anesthetic equipment suitable for companion animals has become more accessible, the number of safe anesthetic and analgesic agents licensed for use in dogs and cats has expanded, and accurate reliable anesthetic monitoring equipment has been developed. While the options and recommended techniques for providing anesthesia and analgesia to veterinary patients has expanded, the preferences of Ontario veterinarians are currently unknown. Specifically, anesthetic drug selections, intraoperative fluid therapy practices and monitoring strategies for use in companion animals by veterinarians in general practices in Ontario have never been determined. The candidate that works on this project will focus their investigation on current practices, identifying directions and trends related to the anesthetic and analgesic managemet of feline patients. A subsequent prospective study will investigate key questions identified in the survey.


Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of academic criteria, relevant interest and experience, referees’ evaluations, and an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation. An undergraduate background with courses and/or research experience in physiology and/or pharmacology will be considered an asset. Well‐developed interpersonal skills are essential. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.


Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Funding for the stipend support and first project is currently available. Funding for the subsequent project will be sought through grant applications.


Applicants are encouraged to send CV, transcripts, names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter stating interest in the abovementioned title to Dr. Carolyn Kerr, Professor, Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, at ckerr@uoguelph.ca.

Further inquiries related to general application procedures can be directed to Graduate Studies, Ontario Veterinary College , University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada; csgrad@uoguelph.ca