Masters in Beef Cattle Welfare and Behaviour

Further information: MSc opportunity - Pen checking + castration bands

Research training program leading to an MSc
Two graduate student positions are available at the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon, SK). The overarching goal of the research program is to provide a better understanding of the interactions between quantifiable animal behaviours (such as animal temperament, signs of pain, or feeding behaviour) and the pathogenesis of the most prominent health and welfare issues of the beef cattle industry.
- One student project will work on the identification of human and animal factors that influence the correct identification and decision making of feedlot cattle with Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), characterizing pen checking methodologies, and developing training material to standardize BRD diagnosis.
- The second student will determine the efficacy of a slow-released anaesthetic at mitigating the acute and chronic indicators of pain caused by castration in 1- and 5-month old calves. At the same time, we will develop a standardized pain evaluation protocol to facilitate the objective evaluation and registration of future pain mitigation strategies.
Please note that closing date is essentially when the post is filled.

Salary: NA

Closing date: 31/12/2021

Further information can be found here.