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Graduate Studentship

MSc Position: Swine Welfare – The welfare of weaned piglets during road transport

Location: University of Saskatchewan – Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Highly motivated individuals, with a strong work ethic and a passion for animal behaviour and welfare are invited to apply for this exciting and industry relevant research studentship opportunity.

Start date: May 2017 or by agreement

Duration: Two years, with graduate studentship financial support provided

Research area: Evaluate the welfare of weaned piglets transported for long and short durations under Canadian conditions; determine key factors influencing morbidity and mortality of weaned piglets during transport. Data collection will be performed in collaboration with commercial transport partners and will involve travel to farms.

Duties: Independently manage the research project, including data collection, statistical analysis, thesis and scientific publication write-up. Involvement in industry liaison and knowledge transfer of research results to stakeholders. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with industry and research collaborators at the Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon and the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Eligibility: A BSc in field of animal behaviour and welfare, animal science, zoology, veterinary medicine or related discipline (Minimum GPA 3.0, 70%); a valid driver’s license.

Candidate skills: Good communication skills and the ability to work independently and within a team are essential to this role. Practical experience in ethology and pig production is considered an asset.

A successful application to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Saskatchewan will be required. Information on College admission requirements can be found at: Learn more about the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at:

Interested to learn more? Please contact Dr. Yolande Seddon:
E-mail:; Telephone: +1-306-966-7151
Large Animal Clinical Sciences,Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Applications: Please submit a current CV, cover letter outlining your motivation for the position and contact details of two references to Dr. Yolande Seddon by March 10, 2017.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.