Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Positions

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Climate and Companion Animal Zoonoses (Human Health Outcomes) - Department of Population Medicine



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Climate and Companion Animal Zoonoses (Animal Health Outcomes) - Department of Population Medicine




Doctor of Philosopy (PhD): Climate and Companion Animal Zoonoses (Human Health Outcomes)

Dr. Lauren Grant

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Climate and Companion Animal Zoonoses (Animal Health Outcomes)

Dr. Lauren Grant


Coursework MSc in Epidemiology and Applied Economics

The Department of Population Medicine is currently looking for a qualified individual to pursue a 12-month coursework MSc degree with a project component. The project will be evaluating the economic benefits to the sheep industry to manage parasites in flocks who raise sheep on pasture during some component of the year.

The data for this project stems from an ongoing PhD study that is evaluating the utility of an immunological test that can be used to breed animals for genetic resistance to gastrointestinal parasites. The objective of this MSc project is to then investigate the economic benefits of utilizing this test in comparison to or in conjunction with other methods of parasite control. The long-term goal for the industry is to reduce reliance on anthelmintics to manage gastrointestinal parasites.

The student would be required to start in September of 2023 and take 3 graduate courses in each of the fall and winter semesters and complete a Project in Epidemiology in the summer 2024 semester (there is an option to complete a summer research assistantship with the team in summer 2023 and then roll into the MSc in the fall if interested).

The required courses for the MSc in Population Medicine are Epidemiology I and II and either Applied Clinical Research or Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics. The student would also need to acquire training in a graduate level applied policy, economics, or similar course in addition to 2 other electives of their interest.

This project would be ideal for a person with an undergraduate degree in animal science, animal biology, or other agricultural-related degree with an interest in epidemiology and the economic benefits of disease control strategies. Ideally students applying for this opportunity would have good standing in an undergraduate epidemiology and statistics course and an interest or training in economics. The student would also need to have experience with Excel, R (or similar statistical program) and ideally have completed an undergraduate research project as well as possess strong written and oral communication skills.

A strong emphasis of this research team is on collegiality, student support and growth, a passion for learning and problem-solving and animal health. We are hoping we can find a graduate student who also shares these priorities.

This degree would provide the right person with a unique opportunity to gain experience and training in an applied area of study that would be helpful to many government, stakeholder or laboratory-based organizations dealing with disease mitigation strategies.

Please send a curriculum vitae, an unofficial transcript and the contact information for at least 2 references to Dr. Cathy Bauman ( by May 31, 2023.


Graduate Studies in Theriogenology

The Theriogenology Section in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College has an opening for a graduate student in Theriogenology in the Doctor of Veterinary Science (D.V.Sc.) degree program for the Fall 2023 admission cycle.

The 3-year DVSc program provides advanced post-graduate clinical training in the field of Theriogenology (approximately 60% equine, 30% companion animals, 10% exotic and food animals).  In addition, the program requires completion of an independent graduate level research project in reproduction with defense of a thesis, as well as successful completion of 5 graduate level course credits. This program is designed to provide the individual with sound advanced clinical and research training in the specialty of Theriogenology, leading to partial fulfillment of the requirements for eligibility to sit the certifying examination of the American College of Theriogenologists. For this position, the prospective research project will focus on small animal Theirogenology, however the graduate student will be expected to fully participate in all clinical areas, including large animals.

Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree with a minimum ‘B’ average ( 73% +) in their DVM program, be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or have a student visa. Eligibility for licensure by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario is required. Successful completion of the NAVLE or equivalent is normally required. For applicants whose DVM degree is from a non-AVMA accredited school, an entrance exam to assess core knowledge in the field of reproduction is a part of the interview process. The applicant’s interest in the field of Theriogenology will be demonstrated in a letter of intent. Veterinary experience consisting of either a one year rotating internship or 1-2 years of private veterinary practice, preferably including both small animal and equine species, is also required. Anticipated starting date is Sept. 2023.

The current stipend remuneration for this position is $40,000.00/annum Canadian. Additional scholarships and graduate student assistantships are available once in-program. Graduate tuition and fees are approximately $9900/annum for Canadians and Landed Immigrants, and $26,000/annum for international students (including U.S. citizens). Highly qualified International students may qualify for a scholarship to reduce the tuition portion to the same as domestic students. A portion of these fees is refundable, as graduate tuition fees are an income tax deductible expense in Canada.

Additional information about the DVSc program can be found at

If you are interested in this position please forward your letter of intent and curriculum vitae to  Theriogenology faculty, Dr. Michelle Caissie at . If you would like additional information on the application process please contact the Graduate Program Assistant, Ms. Kaite Brown at


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