2 MSc positions in beef cattle welfare and behaviour
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
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 anesthetic 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.