University of Guelph Canada International Scholarship

The university of Guelph Canada is receiving application from international students for scholarship into postgraduate studies in the Department of Pathobiology.

This scholarship is a 2 year MSc position is a fully sponsored scholarship and the application process begins on the 1st of May, 2021.

The MSc research project will involve conducting a series of challenge trials in the OVC Animal Isolation Facility to optimize an infection model for post-weaning E. coll diarrhea. to optimize an infection model for post-weaning E. coll diarrhea.

Specifically, the association of genetic factor, age of pigs, and infectious dosage with severity of diarrhea, bacterial shedding, and histology lesions in pigs challenged with enterotoxigenic E. coli will be investigated.

The optimized infection model will then be used to study the effect of alternative method (Ex. probiotics) on post weaning E. coll diarrhea.

Scholarship Research Details

The research project will include animal work (eg. animal trials, sample collection from live pigs and during postmortem), as well as laboratory work (eg RFLP-PCR, bacteriology), analysis of clinical and laboratory data collected during the trial, and use of epidemiological methods to analyze data.

Experience with animal handling/animal management will be considered an asset, as will previous experience with laboratory work.


Selection of the successful candidate will be based on a the combination of the following.

1 academic criteria

2 relevant interest and experience

3 referees’ evaluations

4 an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation.

Method of Application

A formal application should be submitted to the following people;

1 Dr. Brandon Lillie
Associate Professor & Chair Department of Pathobiology Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario –

or to

2 Dr. Vahab Farzan

Adjunct Professor, Associated Graduate Faculty Departments of Pathobiology & Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario –

The documents should contain

* CV,

* a copy of undergraduate transcripts,

* names of three references,

* and a cover letter stating interest in the above-mentioned titles.

For Further Enquiries;

* Research-related inquiries or inquiries about the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie and/or Dr. Farzan.

* Further inquiries related to general application procedures can be directed to Ms. Jessie Beer, Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, NIG 2W1, Canada; phone 519-824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail:

Scholarship application Deadline:

September 1, 2021

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