Opportunity for Students: Vancouver Rat Project

Interdisciplinary Public Health Research Project in Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Rat Project is an interdisciplinary project that seeks to understand whether urban rats pose a health risk to people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – Canada’s poorest postal code. This nationally funded project is an exciting collaboration among human and animal health institutions as well as local government and community groups.

We are seeking a veterinary summer student to help us with the rat disease analysis. This position will primarily involve hands-on diagnostic work, including necropsies, ectoparasitology, sample collection and analysis etc. Additionally there will be opportunities to participate in other aspects of the project including fieldwork and community meetings. If you are interested in urban wildlife or public health this is an opportunity not to be missed!

The position will be primarily situated at the Animal Health Centre in beautiful Abbotsford, British Columbia. The AHC is the only full service veterinary diagnostic laboratory west of the Rockies and one of the few veterinary laboratories to have a level 3 bio-containment facility, which will be used for this project.

The lead researcher for this project is Dr. Chelsea Himsworth, a WCVM graduate and Anatomic Pathologist. She is conducting this project as part of a PhD in Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

The salary for the position is $2025.00 per month. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2012.

If you are interested in applying for this Summer position please contact Chelsea atcgh050@interchange.ubc.ca<mailto:cgh050@interchange.ubc.ca>. Please send a short cover letter describing why you would like to be part of this project and what skills you believe you bring to the table.

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