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Graduate Studentship

PhD Position: Swine Welfare – Gestating sow welfare

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 research studentship opportunity.

Start date: May 2017 or by agreement

Duration: Three years, with graduate studentship financial support provided

Research area: The motivation of stall housed sows for greater freedom of movement; the influence of exercise and the gestation environment on sow welfare and reproductive performance; the influence of gestation management on sow stress physiology, placental development and offspring.

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 work closely with research collaborators at the Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon, where the majority of this research will be conducted.

Eligibility: An MSc in field of animal behaviour and welfare or related discipline (Minimum grade average 80%); 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 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: and the Prairie Swine Centre 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.