The Department of Production Animal Health of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), in collaboration with other partners, is seeking a Master of Science student with an interest in the epidemiology of Mycoplasma infection in farmed bison.
A disease emerging as one of the most important issues for bison producers in North America is characterized by pneumonia, systemically disseminated infection, and high mortality associated with Mycoplasma bovis. While this pathogen causes various chronic diseases in cattle, M. bovis has not typically been associated with a high mortality or debilitating disease in mature animals in the absence of discernible stressors. There is a paucity of information on the prevalence of M. bovis in bison, risk factors for disease, virulence traits and genetic makeup of the organisms isolated from bison, and innate immune responses generated by the host. This project will investigate prevalence in a preliminary survey, and risk factors and seroprevalence in a case-control study. Samples will be collected during the field studies that will be utilized for laboratory studies, however, laboratory analysis will not be part of the MSc project.
What are we looking for:
A graduate project is available, focused on the epidemiology of Mycoplasma infection in farmed bison in Western Canada. Applicants with a DVM degree are preferred, but degrees in related fields will be considered. A high standard of academic performance is expected. Candidate(s) should have excellent communication skills, within both academic and non-academic settings. Experience in the livestock industry and basic knowledge (or the ability and interest to learn) of infectious diseases and data analysis are assets.
What we offer:
The graduate program will help the successful candidate develop strong skills in epidemiology and production animal health. The salary will be commensurate with the level of education and experience, but a minimum of $20,000/y will be guaranteed. UCVM is a new and dynamic veterinary faculty in Western Canada that is committed to strengthening the connections between animal health, public health, and the environment. UCVM faculty work across disciplines and departments, fostering collaborative research, teaching and service. Descriptions of the Faculty and its departments can be found on the UCVM website (www.vet.ucalgary.ca). The University of Calgary is a research-intensive, comprehensive university that supports innovation in research, education, and service to the community. Calgary is a vibrant, multicultural city with a population of just over a million people. It is located near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise, and offers an enormous opportunity for outdoor activities both in winter and summer.
Review of applications will start ASAP. Interested individuals should submit a current curriculum vitae and an outline of research interests along with the names of three referees to:
Dr. Claire Windeyer, email@example.com, 1-403-210-7959
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary,
3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dr Claire Windeyer
BSc, DVM, DVSc
University of Calgary
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Production Animal Health
Health Science Centre Room 2512