Natasha Janke

MSc, BSc (Hons)


After completing her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Natasha’s passion for animal welfare took her to Guatemala, where is worked towards reducing free-roaming dogs and cats through no-cost spay/neuter programs and educational outreach. After returning to Canada, Natasha completed her MSc in Epidemiology, under the supervision of Dr. Olaf Berke at the Ontario Veterinary College. Her Master’s thesis evaluated the effects of an animal shelter management program implemented at the Guelph Humane Society in 2012. She was an active member of the Guelph Cat Population Task Force from 2014 to 2018.

Natasha was interested in continuing in the field of veterinary epidemiology and expanding her skillset to include qualitative research methods. Natasha is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Population Medicine, under the supervision of Drs. Jason Coe and Elizabeth Stone. Natasha is currently examining the effects of clinical communication on veterinary outcomes in companion animal medicine. Her special topics include medical shared decision-making and qualitative research methods.

Natasha actively participates in her academic community and is involved with the Graduate Student Executive (Population Medicine), the OVC Medical Communications Program, and the Graduate Student Teaching Development Program. Natasha enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors with her dog, Daisy.

Research Interests

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


Teaching Assistant:

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

POPM*3240 - Epidemiology (F17, F18)