Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Survival tips for recent veterinary graduates, wildlife skills, vets pets and a postdoc in animal studies

Want to learn how to look after these guys?
I'm en route to the AMRRIC conference today, so wanted to post some info which might just appeal to some or all of our readers. There are lots of animal-related learning opportunities coming up that you might like to know about. Who knows - something on the list might just change your life.


The Centre for Veterinary Education is hosting a brilliant looking seminar on November 22 for veterinary graduates 0-3 years out. Click here for more info. Its good to see so many awesome speakers, including some students I taught! The first few years of being a vet are rough. As one vet said to me, "I would not want to relive my first six months if you paid me a million billion gazillion dollars". Which on reflection is somewhat hyperbolic. But the going is a LOT smoother if you can soak up the wisdom of those who have gone before you...


If you are keen to get involved with wildlife rescue organisation WIRES, you can sign up for their Rescue and Immediate Care course to be held at Randwick Community Centre on October 18-19. 

The course costs $100 including notes, morning and afternoon tea.
For registration, visit the website (http://www.wires.org.au/get-involved/training-courses.html), email training@wires.org.au or click here


If you’re a vet, nurse or work in the animal care industry you can enter a photo of your pet into the CVE’s “best vet pet” competition. Click here for more info.

Have you done a PhD in animal studies?

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. 

A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to help organize a workshop or conference in the field. The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2015-16 fellowship will start on July 1, 2015. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. Applications are due by January 15th, 2015. The fellowship is one of several new initiatives regarding Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethicsat Queen’s. For more information, visit http://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/Jobs.html, or contact Prof. Kymlicka (kymlicka@queensu.ca).