2 PhD positions on "Welfare of Companion Dogs in Commercial Breeding Contexts" and "Behaviour and Welfare of Rabbits"
Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia
The primary objective of the first position will be to a) explore the unique welfare challenges experienced by dogs born and living in kennel facilities (e.g., commercial breeding contexts) and/or dogs bred in the community; and/or b) assess efficacy of improvements to current housing and husbandry procedures of dogs living in these contexts. This position will be funded by Life of Riley (Spring Point Partners, LLC).
The primary objective of the second position will be to explore the unique welfare challenges experienced by rabbits in colonies, animal shelter, or sanctuary contexts; and/or b) assess efficacy of improvements to current housing and husbandry procedures of rabbits living in these contexts.
The selected students are expected to collaborate with the relevant communities, and develop their own research questions, with guidance, within these broad research contexts. The research scope will be established with the incoming student and take into consideration whether they are pursuing an MSc or PhD. The candidate must be comfortable conducting field research and traveling to research sites. They will also be responsible for pursuing funding opportunities and contribute to knowledge translation through conference presentations and other methods