Area of Specialization: Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Start Date: Immediate
Faculty/Admin Area: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Department/Unit: Production Animal Health
Job Term: 2 years guaranteed. Up to three years possible depending on performance
Salary: To be determined based on experience and motivation, minimum of 55,000 per year
Research into the welfare of performance animals is an important element as are programs to train highly qualified personnel, such as scientists, within the performance animal industry. Both areas are required to ensure the sustainability of the performance animal industry. UCVM working with the Calgary Stampede have initiated research and training opportunities; this fellowship increases those experiences and continues building a program in performance animal health and welfare.
A Ph.D. degree in the area of animal behaviour and welfare. Experience with animals used in western events performance would be an asset. The successful candidate should also have relevant and recent peer-reviewed first author publications. Funding is available immediately, however the candidate is still expected to seek external research support
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:
1) Research Activities
• Provide leadership and complete multiple research projects on the welfare of performance animals used in western events. There is an expectation that the work would result in peer-reviewed publications.
• Involvement with outreach/education opportunities with the Calgary Stampede that could also result in peer-reviewed publications.
•The fellow will be expect to apply for external fundiing each year
2) Industry experience
•Extensive work with management, Stampede departments, volunteers, sponsors, suppliers, event participants, consultants, exhibitors and industry representatives and the community regarding animal care and welfare issues.
• Regularly review amd maintain animal care codes of practice and programs for the OH Ranch, Stampede Ranch, Rodeo, Chuckwagons, Agriculture and Western Performance Horse.
•Assist in the development and delivery of training programs on animal care for staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders.
•Participate and provide expertise in animal care strategic planning.
•Actively participate in the communication of animal care initiatives to both internal and external stakeholders.
•Work with animal care assessment consultant.
The Fellowship will be primarily supervised by Dr. Ed Pajor, the Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare and the Director of Western Events and Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede, this position will combine post-doctoral research with the experience of working within the performance animal industry at the Calgary Stampede. Dr. Ed Pajor will have primary responsibility for research activities and will approve all activities with the Calgary Stampede (CS). Daily supervision and reporting while working on CS activities will be to the Director of Western Events and Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede.
About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and ground breaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates western heritage, cultures and community spirit. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life by promoting volunteerism, presenting a year-round slate of events, investing in youth and agricultural. At the root of the Calgary Stampede brand are the core values of western hospitality, integrity, pride of place, and commitment to the community.
Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.
This position would be best suited for an individual interested in a career in the performance animal industry. Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their interest and motivation, a CV and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject header: CS Post-Doc position) or to the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.
Dr. Ed Pajor, Ph.D
Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare
Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Research Leader, Pain and Animal Welfare Group
Department of Production Animal Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1