Real-time clinical decision support for individual pets; obesity and Diabetes (Liverpool). Part of SAVSNET Agile: responsive data intelligence for canine health.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2019

Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) collects large volumes of anonymised health records from a sentinel network of UK veterinary practitioners in real-time (savsnet.co.uk). Recently, we have used these data to describe antibiotic prescription in veterinary practice, to look at the seasonality of important parasites like ticks and flystrike. We also publish surveillance reports regularly in the Veterinary record. Data is fed back to participants in the form of anonymised benchmarks.
With Dogs Trust support, we are now advertising three PhDs to join an exciting interdisciplinary project based in leading research groups. The aim of this project (SAVSNET-Agile) is to speed up the flow of meaningful research surveillance measures so that they can be actioned in a clinically relevant time frame to improve individual and population canine health. These interlinked PhDs are i) in rapid statistical analysis of large data streams for anomalies (University of Lancaster), ii) in providing rapid decision support to clinicians to help better manage chronic disease (Liverpool – this PhD) and iii) developing a novel national framework to respond effectively to significant events like outbreaks in dogs (Bristol / Animal Health Trust). These PhDs will work closely together and with the rest of the SAVSNET team including software development and machine learning capability.
Clinical records represent a huge un-tapped resource for modelling clinical outcomes associated with patient characteristics and clinical history. In this specific PhD, we will identify groups of patients that are obese or have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and using these we will develop computer and statistical techniques to identify patient phenotypes associated with these conditions. The models produced will be tested for their ability to predict clinical outcomes with a view to incorporating them into real-time clinical support.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Liverpool Leahurst Campus but will also spend time in Liverpool and possibly Manchester University. The candidate will learn a range of statistical (primarily using R) and software skills (primarily using the Python programming language) required to identify relevant clinical records and automate annotation of these records for the key clinical features that will allow modelling and prediction of clinical outcomes of diabetes and obesity.

This project will allow a clinically or para-clinically trained applicant to acquire the technical skills required to apply their clinical knowledge to this exciting challenge. Alternatively, a computer science or statistics graduate will be able to hone their data-mining/modelling skills in a health informatics setting.

This exciting PhD will complement the work of the other PhDs at Lancaster and Bristol, the wider SAVSNET team and the Dogs Trust, to transform the way big data is used in veterinary practice, surveillance and research when confronted with important canine disease.
During the PhD, there will be regular meetings to link the work of the three PhDs into the wider SAVSNET team, and to the Dogs Trust,
As well as traditional research publications, the results of this degree will feed directly back to practitioners through existing benchmarking sites. This will ensure the results of this work are rapidly translated into best veterinary practice.
The three-year project will be based at the University of Liverpool Leahurst campus, and is expected to start around September 2019. A student stipend of up to £20,000 is available for this project. All necessary postgraduate fees will also be covered at a UK / European rate. International (none-EU) students are welcome to apply but must be able to fund the difference between UK/EU and international tuition fees.

For enquiries please contact:
Dr P-J.M.Noble ()
Professor A.J.German ()

When applying via: http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/savsnet. Please give the names and addresses of two people who have agreed to act as referees on your behalf and provide their references. Referees should not be related to you.

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Rapid response to anomaly detection: a national framework for dealing with canine disease outbreaks. Part of SAVSNET Agile: responsive data intelligence for canine health.

Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol
Application Deadline: Monday, July 01, 2019
Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The project:

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) collects large volumes of anonymised health records from a sentinel network of UK veterinary practitioners in real-time (savsnet.co.uk).
With Dogs Trust support, we are now advertising three PhDs to join an exciting interdisciplinary project based in leading research groups. The aim of this project is to speed up the flow of meaningful research surveillance measures so that they can be actioned in a clinically relevant time frame to improve individual and population canine health.

How should stakeholders respond when a disease threat is detected in UK dogs, and who should lead this response? Currently, action (if any) is usually haphazard and subject to significant time lags. This Bristol / Animal Health Trust PhD project will create an action framework able to deal with identified endemic and emerging disease threats in the national canine population. The student will work closely with key national stakeholders to define priorities for disease surveillance and pathways to potential “ownership” of diseases. The response framework will initially review the previous response of AHT to characterise Seasonal Canine Illness and will be further validated using Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy as a case study.

The PhD student will gain expertise on qualitative and quantitative epidemiology including disease surveillance, and on data science. The student will also learn to build statistical models and use R language.

This three-year studentship will be mainly based in Langford Campus of the Bristol Veterinary School, but will spend periods at AHT, near Newmarket, Suffolk, and is expected to start around September 2019.
During the PhD there will be regular meetings to link the work of the three PhDs into the wider SAVSNET team, and to the Dogs Trust.

How to apply:

When applying via: http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select ‘Faculty of Health Sciences’ and then ‘Veterinary Sciences_(PhD)’ on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form
Please give the names and addresses of two people who have agreed to act as referees on your behalf and provide their references. Referees should not be related to you.

Candidate requirements:

We welcome applications from outstanding and motivated students with an undergraduate degree (2i or higher) in veterinary science or other related area. The candidate should have understanding of epidemiological principles relating to disease surveillance, enthusiasm for data science and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. This PhD is particularly suited for those with an interest in mixed approaches to epidemiology wanting to implement health policy change. Standard University of Bristol eligibility rules apply. Please visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2018/health-sciences/phd-veterinary-sciences for more information.

Contacts:

Dr Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno ()

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PhD position in a project about weight carrying ability in Icelandic horses – Phd student, research subject

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-2126

Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry

The Department of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry conducts research and education on the structure and function of animals. We work primarily with food producing animals, sports- and companion animals and research animals, but also insects, spiders and wildlife. Our teaching on bachelor- and master levels in anatomy, histology, physiology and biochemistry is pursued mainly within SLU’s veterinary programme and bachelor and master programmes in animal science, but also in independent courses. Our research and doctoral education span over several topics including the molecular and cellular mechanisms of animals to the structure and function of the whole animal, and how animals are affected by physical work, production stress, diseases, husbandry and environmental factors. The department is located in VHC and have around 50 employees.

Description:

The Icelandic horse is popular and can be found in more than 30 countries. Compared to other breeds commonly ridden by adults, it is small and there has been a discussion regarding how much weight this horse can carry. However, the knowledge is limited and scientific studies are scarce. There is therefore a need to increase the knowledge. The aim of this project is to develop a system based on an exercise test and physiological and anatomical data that can accurately describe a horse’s current weight carrying ability. This knowledge can be used by tourist companies, riding schools and also as an objective description when horses are for sale. The project is a collaboration between SLU and Hólar University College on Iceland.

Duties:

To perform PhD studies and together with the research group and supervisors plan, collect, analyse, prepare, write and present data from the studies performed. The PhD shall participate in teaching and contribute to the development of the department, the faculty and the university. Substantial parts of the practical research will be performed at Hólar University College on Iceland. Communication with the horse industry may also be relevant.

Qualifications:

The applicant shall have a master degree in animal science, veterinary medicine, animal agronomy or equivalent. The applicant shall have documented experience of handling of horses. Experience of scientific or practical work with relevance for the area or industry is desired. The applicant shall be skilled in working in a team as well as independently. Good knowledge in written and spoken English is required. The applicant shall be prepared to learn Swedish. Personal qualities are of high importance as well as references.

Place of work:

SLU Uppsala, Sweden and Hólar University College, Iceland.

Forms for funding or employment:

The position is 100 % for 4 years

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-06-27, use the button below.

The application shall not be not more than one page (A4), in addition to CV and authenticated merits.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Anna Jansson

professor

018-672106

fornamn.efternamn@slu.se

Carl-Gustaf Thulin

prefekt

070-5645358

fornamn.efternamn@slu.se

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International Veterinary Seminars – Feline techniques- how i manage common problems – Kauai – June 24th – 27th, 2019

IVS is the largest small group Veterinary Continuing Education seminar provider in North America. Our interactive and informative seminars are held at destination locations which you’ll love!

Feline techniques- how i manage common problems

Kauai

  |   June 24th – 27th, 2019

 

Michael Lappin D.V.M., Ph.D.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Colorado State University

Susan Little D.V.M.

Dipl. American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Practice)
Bytown Cat Hospital
Ottawa, ON
Canada

Catriona MacPhail D.V.M., Ph.D.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Associate Professor of Surgery
Colorado State University

Drs. Michael Lappin and Susan Little are two of the well-known feline interested veterinarians in North America. Dr. Little is board certified in feline medicine by the ABVP and owns two feline only practices in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Lappin in an internal medicine specialist has been involved with feline clinical research ever since reporting the Toxoplasma gondii IgM and IgG tests in 1989. His research group at Colorado State University completes approximately 15 feline clinical research projects per year. Dr. Little and Lappin have lectured together multiple times and most recently spoke to packed houses at both NAVC and WVC. We have also added Dr. Catriona MacPHail to the team. Catriona is a world renowned surgeon who will present a series of lectures on how she manages common feline surgical problems. The three speakers promise these lectures to be informative, fun and practical.

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International Veterinary Seminars – How I manage common clinical problems – Key West spring –   April 8th – 10th, 2019

IVS is the largest small group Veterinary Continuing Education seminar provider in North America. Our interactive and informative seminars are held at destination locations which you’ll love!

How I manage common clinical problems

Key West spring

  |   April 8th – 10th, 2019

Kathryn Good D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Clinical Ophthalmologist
U.C. Davis

Andrea Eriksson De Rezende D.V.M.

Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)
Staff Cardiologist
Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital
Paramus, NJ

Andrea & Kathy are going to discuss management of the most common problems that they encounter in their clinical practices. This course will present a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of these common problems using a combination of didactic and case-based teaching. This combination of a Cardiologist and an Ophthalmologist is sure to provide you with some very pratical tips on a broad range of topics.

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