Natasha Janke

PhD, MSc, BScH


Dr. Natasha Janke completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph. Following graduation, Natasha’s passion for enhancing animal health led her to Guatemala, where she worked towards reducing free-roaming dogs and cats through a no-cost spay/neuter program and educational outreach. After returning to Canada, Natasha completed her MSc in Epidemiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, where she evaluated the effects of an animal shelter management program implemented at the Guelph Humane Society.

Natasha subsequently completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Ontario Veterinary College in the Department of Population Medicine, under the supervision of Drs. Jason Coe and Elizabeth Stone. Natasha assessed veterinarian-client communication in the context of companion animal practice, concentrating on shared decision-making and information exchange.

Dr. Janke is currently a sessional lecturer for the Art of Veterinary Medicine Communication program at the Ontario Veterinary College and a post-doctoral fellow working in collaboration with Colorado State University. Her current research objective is to evaluate the effects of in-practice communication education on clinical outcomes in companion animal medicine using a pre-test/post-test intervention study design.

Natasha actively participates in her academic community and is involved in the Veterinary Communication for Professional Excellence program at Colorado State University and the OVC Medical Communications Program. On weekends, Natasha can be found hiking and exploring the outdoors, or cooking one of her favourite Jamie Oliver recipes.

Research Interests

  • Veterinary Clinical Communication
  • Medical Decision-Making
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods
  • Epidemiology & Health Statistics


Sessional Instructor:

VETM*3210, VETM*3220, VETM*4220, VETM*4610, VETM*4920 - Art of Veterinary Medicine (F21)

Teaching Assistant:

VETM*3220 - Art of Veterinary Medicine (F19,W20)

POPM*6520 - Epidemiology and Statistics  (F15,F17)

POPM*3240 - Epidemiology (F17, F18, F20)