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Employment, Research and Volunteering Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

If you're looking for work on campus check out the Work Study Job Postings listed on the University's Student Financial Services site.

As a student veterinarian it's never too early to explore career opportunities. 

The links below provide access to postings for clinical and other career opportunities in Canada and beyond:

Want to beef up your resumé? Be sure to check out the resources for resumes and cover letters on the University of Guelph Experience Guelph website.

Employers Seeking DVMs

  • Ready for that perfect graduating veterinarian?
  • Looking for a student veterinarian for the summer or for part-time employment?
  • Do you have a veterinary education or training opportunity to promote?

Send the advertisement via e-mail to the Student Affairs Office at Place "job posting" in the subject line and include the posting either in the body of the message or as a Word, PDF or Corel WordPerfect attachment. Postings will posted on this page and on our online Recruit Guelph service available to students and alumni.




Canada (not including Ontario)

USA and International



Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) in Clinical Pathology at OVC






Be sure to check the list of Undergraduate Research Assistantships (financial need) and Undergraduate Summer Research Assistantships in January. There are also summer research positions funded by a variety of sources.

OMAFRA Livestock Sustainability Assistant - Deadline March 1

SA clinic in North York

OMAFRA Beef Cattle Livestock Assistant - Deadline Feb 15th at 11:59 pm

Veterinary Emergency Urgent Care and Referral Clinic of York Region in Newmarket - Phase 2 or 3

MA practice in Vanderhoof BCPhase 2 or 3

SA Clinic in St Catharines

Equine Summer Student in AB



SA clinic in Hamilton - Phase 3 or 4


Research Opportunities for Students

Summer Student Research Assistantships

Be sure to check out the Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs) and the Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships (USRAs) offered in the departments of OVC. In addition to these, other positions are available for students interested in pursuing research over the summer months. In order to apply, potential faculty advisors must submit a proposal in January for the funding available, and students will then be solicited in February for applications for projects that are chosen for funding.

Some additional information on summer research for DVM students include:

  • The Summer Career Oppotunities and Research Exploration (CORE) Program is an educational program offering summer research students the opportunity to experience exciting talks, attend round table discussions and network with DVMs with a variety of career paths, prepare a research poster and visit several research facilities. The program is open to DVM, BSc and other undergraduate students who are working on summer research projects at OVC. Registrations are due in May. Students present an oral presentation of their research plans in May, and a summary of their work in August by presenting a poster in a conference style setting. The Summer CORE Program does not provide funding, it is open to all summer researchers at OVC. 

The OVC summer research studentships have been posted on the Research Hub at Deadline Feb 10, 2021 

Other positions:

URA/USRA students (read more about the programs, including project details for each project, and the application process at the Experience Guelph website)

Biomedical Sciences:

  • Neurosteroid Modulation of Agonist Binding at the Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor - Dr. Craig Bailey (URA)
  • BPA Induces Apoptosis in a miR-21-independent Manner in Knock-down Granulosa Cells - Dr. Laura Favetta (URA)
  • Development of Novel Therapies to Treat Advanced Stage Cancers - Dr. Jim Petrik (URA)
  • Correlates Among Ultrasonographic Attributes and Chemical Composition of Skeletal Muscles - Dr. Pawel M Bartlewski (URA)
  • The Search for Biological Activity of Cannabis Compounds In Vitro - Dr. Melissa Perreault (USRA)
  • Does Cannabis Reduce Chronic Pain? - Dr. Giannina Descalzi (USRA)
  • Bone Regeneration in a Reptile Model - Dr. Matt Vickaryous (URA)

Clinical Studies:

  • Minimally Invasive Liver Biopsy and Hepatobiliary Near-Infrared Fluorescence Imaging in Dogs - Dr. Brigitte Brisson (URA)
  • Gut Microbiota of Diarrheic Calves - Dr. Diego Gomez (URA)
  • Cone Beam CT of the Standing Equine Neck - Dr. Alex zur Linden (URA)


  • Alveolar macrophage response to barn dust in a novel medium-throughput alveolar macrophage culture system - Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi (URA)
  • Signalling pathways in the airway epithelium of horses  - Dr. Dorothee Bienzle (USRA)
  •  Investigating Impacts of Plastic Pollution Consumption on Ontario Wildlife - Dr. Claire Jardine (USRA)
  • Development of novel genomic tools to tackle the antimicrobial resistance crisis in anaerobic and intracellular bacteria - Dr. Grazieli Maboni (URA)
  • Regenerative Farming and One Health - Dr. Heather Murphy (URA)
  • Antimicrobial resistance in livestock - Dr. Nicole Ricker (URA)
  • Assessing the role of mucosal immune response in fatal parasitic and bacterial infections of wildlife - Dr. Mauricio Seguel (URA)
  • Testing a Second-Generation COVID-19 Vaccine - Dr. Sarah Wootton (USRA)
  • Developing molecular tools to measure and activate programmed cell death in canine cancer cells - Dr. Sam Workenhe (USRA)

Population Medicine

  • One Health and Pandemic Prepared - Describing the Canadian Landscape - Dr. Jane Parmley (URA)
  •  Evaluating the Impact of Long-Distance Transportation in Dairy Calves - Dr. David Renaud (URA)
  • Improving the Care and Management of Dairy Cows - Dr. Charlotte Winder (USRA)
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Shutdown on Companion Animals - Dr. Katie Clow (URA)
  • Exploring the Use of Emerging Technologies in Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Theresa Bernardo (URA)
  • Investigating Dairy Goat Milk Quality and Mastitis in Ontario - Dr. Cathy Bauman (URA)
  • Developing Educational Materials for Veterinarians and Pet Owners on Canine Importation - Dr. Katie Clow

Summer research at U Calgary studying Ticks & tick-borne diseases in Canada - deadline Feb 16, 2021

University of Wyoming 10-week summer externship in veterinary diagnostic medicine and disease investigation

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to gain additional veterinary experience outside the classroom:

  • Follow this link for the Canadian Veterinary Reserve information session presentation.
  • OVC Pet Trust also has many networking opportunities for student veterinarians. Pet Trust promotes the health and quality of life of companion animals. The fund supports studies and special projects that improve the quality of care pets receive and leads to advances in veterinary medicine. Visit the web page or contact Sandra at for potential opportunities.

Global Vets

Global Vets is a program at the Ontario Veterinary College which offers student veterinarians a unique opportunity to investigate animal health care in developing countries.

For other volunteer opportunities in the Guelph community:

  • The goal of Student Volunteer Connections is to promote student involvement in non-profit organizations in the Guelph community by providing students with up to date volunteering opportunities. This site is managed by the University of Guelph.