As a member of the university’s animal research faculty, Elks senior researcher Peter Gilman is a part-time student, working from home.
He says it is a privilege to spend so much time with animals, but not one he wants to pass up.
He wants to find out how the university can make animal research more affordable and accessible.
“I’ve worked on the same animal as the head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, and I’ve been working with a lot of different animals, and the most important thing for me was that they all felt comfortable and cared for,” he says.
With a grant from the John S Walker Foundation, Gilman says the university is aiming to offer a full scholarship to students from the private sector to study animal research at the university.
“The university is working on making it as easy as possible to apply for an animal scholarship, and it is being done on the basis of a ‘comparative advantage’, that is, if you can make it to the top ten percent of students, then you should apply,” he said.
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the cost of the animal research degree is lower than for a university student.
“They don’t need as much of a grant, but they still need to work really hard to be successful,” Gilman said.
He is also looking for funding for other areas of research, like a new research centre for studying human and veterinary diseases.
To be considered, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science and have an outstanding professional record in their field of study.
If you have already completed a veterinary undergraduate or graduate degree and are looking to make a transition into veterinary research, then it’s recommended that you apply online or in person.
Gilman said he has been contacted by a number of applicants, and he hopes to receive some applications from the public in the next three weeks.
More than 100 students are currently enrolled in the undergraduate animal research programme, which focuses on studying the welfare of wild animals, such as goats and dogs, as well as how to manage their health and performance on the farm.
The programme aims to produce three or four papers per year, and one or two of them will be published in veterinary journals.
Students can also participate in the graduate program, which is designed to study the health and welfare of animals, as it involves a more intensive study schedule.
Although the university will accept applications from all students, the program will be based on the following criteria: the student must have a PhD in veterinary science or veterinary medicine, and at least a bachelor degree from an accredited university in veterinary sciences or veterinary biology, and a minimum of eight years of professional experience in animal research.
The applicant must also be a citizen of Australia or New Zealand.
In addition to the animal study degree, the university offers a veterinary clinical degree and an undergraduate animal behavioural and health certificate.
Gilman has also recently applied to be considered for a fellowship, which would enable him to work at the campus in partnership with other faculty.
He hopes that his application will be accepted soon.
“We are very proud of the work that we are doing,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
“I’m hoping that we can get the fellowship approved very soon.”
The University of Queensland is looking for a goat researcher to study goat health and well-being, with a focus on the impact of environmental and human factors on the animals, including disease.
Students in the program are required to have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in animal science or animal welfare, and to have completed the Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Diploma in Veterinary Sciences at an accredited veterinary university.
Applicants must have been a fulltime student at the time of application.