Veterinarian Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Veterinarian in the Animal Health Network and Data Manager

Department: Animal Health Laboratory, Laboratory Services Division

Date Posted: July 28, 2021
Deadline: August 25, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #21-34

Position Description:

The Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph invites applications for a continuing appointment track position at the Assistant Veterinarian level.

As part of the OMAFRA-UofG Agreement, the AHL is funded to enhance animal disease surveillance within Ontario. The successful Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) and surveillance data Manager will coordinate 10 species-specific networks of veterinarians, including coordinating the collection, monitoring, and analyses of clinical and laboratory data sufficient to detect important changes in health, validate animal health and product safety in context, and distribute information of value for use in timely health management decisions. The position provides overall management of the OAHN program, relationship management with stakeholders, reporting to OMAFRA and other stakeholders, and oversight of both operations and research activities and accounts. Further, the position manages the infrastructure and communications required to execute the OAHN program, and supports the strategic advancement of OAHN as a program utilizing Animal Health Laboratory data and resources to provide value to Ontario stakeholders. The Manager also contributes to data analytical processes by developing, validating and maintaining disease forecasting and visualization tools such as dashboards, in addition to providing data queries and reports for laboratory colleagues, researchers, and other key stakeholders, particularly concerning reportable and notifiable diseases and public health zoonoses. The Manager assists in improving and optimizing quality, efficiency, and representativeness of submissions and accompanying data to the Animal Health Laboratory, and the interpretation and application of test results for clients. This position advances the knowledge of the profession and animal industries through publications and presentations.

Requirements of the position include: DVM or equivalent; license to practice veterinary medicine in Ontario; at least 2 years of large animal or mixed animal practice; a MSc or PhD in epidemiology; experience in analysis of animal health data, and proficiency in using SAS or R, particularly for data management. Documented experience in working with data management systems or web development will be considered an asset. The candidate should be proficient in understanding laboratory tests, assessing results, interpreting findings, and identifying pathogens and diseases, and should have a sound knowledge of zoonoses and reportable/notifiable diseases. Also required is a strong commitment to client satisfaction; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills to interact with a variety of clients and colleagues; advanced organizational skills; valid driver’s license. Must be rabies immunized.

Hours of the position are 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with flexibility required to attend evening and weekend meetings. Some travel is required. This position is covered by the terms and conditions of the Collective Agreement between the University and the University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA).

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across more than 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on August 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent via email to the attention of:

Dr. Maria Spinato
Animal Health Laboratory (AHL)
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120 Ext: 56895

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

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.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.