New paper out from Luz Kisiel on dog population control

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Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel


Congratulations to Luz and team on the publication of her second MSc thesis research paper. This is a great example of how models can be used to model dog population dynamics and then use the model to look at different surgical and non-surgical population control interventions. Spoiler alert: if you are running a surgical dog population control program and have limited resources the model suggests that changing your focus to young, female dogs exclusively is more effective in the long run than focusing on mixed groups of dogs. You can read more here

 Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel

Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel

The Dept. of Population Medicine is Hiring!

The Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph has two tenure track positions open in One Health.  Please share the following with potential qualified candidates:

Position Title / Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor in Population Medicine (One Health)

College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Population Medicine

Deadline: June 12, 2018 or open until a suitable candidate is found

Please reference AD #18-36 


Position Title / Rank: Associate/Full Professor in Population Medicine (One Health)

College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Population Medicine

Deadline: June 29, 2018 or open until a suitable candidate is found

Please reference AD #18-37 

Questions can be directed to:

Dr. Todd Duffield, Professor and Chair
Department of Population Medicine
Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 54057 or Fax (519) 763-8621


Are you looking for a great group to join as a postdoctoral fellow?

Postdoctoral Fellow - OPEN Stewardship: An Online Platform for Expanding Antimicrobial Stewardship

The successful applicant will be involved in a research program that will apply both qualitative and quantitative methods to the area of veterinary antimicrobial stewardship. The successful applicant will work with a large, international team to develop and assess an open, web-based system that allows for advanced stewardship interventions in the form of feedback and benchmarking as well as sharing of best practice guidelines and patterns of antibiotic resistance ( The postdoctoral fellow will be specifically focused on research to support veterinary professionals. 

Applicants should have significant experience in veterinary medicine, epidemiology, and/or population health. The successful candidate will have excellent English language communication skills (both verbal and written), experience conducting research in a highly interdisciplinary environment, and prior experience writing scientific articles. Strong analytical skills are an asset. Applicants must be within 3 years of having completed their PhD or DVSc in a field that is relevant to the research project (e.g. epidemiology, biology, population medicine). Preference will be given to applicants who also hold a DVM degree and who have experience working with veterinary professionals in a research environment. The initial appointment will be for one year. Extension of the appointment for the second year is possible, but subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance during the first year. The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate in the range of $45,000 to $50,000 CDN (including benefits).

The starting date is August 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered and only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Application Deadline: June 18, 2018

How to apply:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a one-page summary of research experience that specifically addresses the applicants interest in veterinary antimicrobial stewardship. Applicants should also submit contact information for at least two individuals who can provide letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Amy Greer
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Population Disease Modeling, and Assistant Professor
Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

The Brock Doctoral Scholarship (now accepting applications)


We are happy to announce that one of Guelph's most prestigious scholarships is available for outstanding Doctoral applicants who will be starting their programs in S18, F18 or W19. Please visit our website for further information. If you think that you would be a competitive applicant and are interested in joining the math.epi.lab please contact me to discuss opportunities within our group. 

The most wonderful time of year...CRWAD 2017!

Every year in early December the Veterinary Epidemiology community comes together in Chicago for the Conference for Research Workers in Animal Disease (CRWAD). This year our group contributed three oral presentations (Rachael Milwid, Melanie Cousins, and Kelsey Spence) and one poster presentation (Rachael Milwid) at the conference. I also served as the session moderator for the Modeling and Network Analysis session along with Kristen Davenport from Colorado State. Rachael presented two different projects related to her work on equine contact networks and Melanie presented her work on the development of a mathematical model for Campylobacter in Ontario. Since Kelsey is in the UK, I presented her longitudinal study of equine movement patterns. All of our projects were very well received by the audience and the Department of Population Medicine was well represented with a very large group of attending graduate students. 

 Melanie giving her oral presentation in the ecology of food-borne pathogens session. 

Melanie giving her oral presentation in the ecology of food-borne pathogens session. 

 The Magnificent Mile is quite magnificent in December!

The Magnificent Mile is quite magnificent in December!