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Opportunity for MSc or PhD positions starting Fall 2024

“Jason is an extremely attentive, supportive, and present advisor. He tailors his mentorship to his individual students and is always open to a student’s feedback on what they want and need to be successful.”

Antonia DeGroot, MSc, DVM Student, Lab Alumna

Dr. Jason Coe, DVM, PhD
Professor and VCA Canada Chair in Relationship-Centred Veterinary Medicine

The Relationship-Centred Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (RCVM@OVC) research program is seeking applicants at the MSc (thesis or coursework) or PhD level. Our program is part of the Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph, and is dedicated to studying the role of relationship-centred veterinary medicine in promoting optimal outcomes for veterinary teams and the clients and animals they serve. Specifically, we are seeking candidates whose expressed interest aligns with our research focus. The successful candidate will receive graduate-level training in veterinary epidemiology and will undertake a graduate research project focusing on clinical communication, team-based veterinary care, virtual care, accessing veterinary care, the human-animal relationship, or veterinary training.

To learn more about the RCVM@OVC team, please visit: https://rcvm.uoguelph.ca/team/.

General information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available HERE.

  • Work within a collaborative and supportive research program
  • Develop a sound background in the principles and methods of epidemiological research including quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Broaden their own written and oral communication skills
  • Be at the forefront of research into the social side of veterinary practice
  • Expand their professional network within academia and the veterinary industry

This unique opportunity should provide graduates of this program with significant career opportunities in industry, academia, or research. Applicants with experience in veterinary practice will be preferred. A strong background in the social and/or biological sciences, as well as basic statistics, will be an asset. This opportunity is open to individuals interested in pursuing full-time studies.

  • Full funding is available for a selected candidate applying to an MSc thesis-based (2 years) or PhD (3 years) program.
  • Applicants must be funded for their graduate program or be self-funded (MSc coursework only) and meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph.
  • Statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to be sent to Dr. Coe as soon as possible, to rcvm@uoguelph.ca

Responses to applications will be restricted to candidates who will be interviewed.
Start date to join Dr. Coe’s lab is September 2024.


“In the Coe lab, I have found a supportive environment that has allowed me to learn and grow in the world of academia. I am glad to have found a team that promotes well-being, communication, and work/life balance, and that helps me achieve my goals!”
Rosalie Fortin-Choquette, MA, PhD Candidate