We are seeking an enthusiastic student for a fully funded PhD project investigating owners’ (and others’) perspectives of equine obesity. This project will utilise a mixed-methods approach, including one-to-one in-depth interviews, focus-group discussions and case-study observations, in order to gain a rich and detailed understanding of the experiences, perceptions and behaviours of equine veterinary surgeons and other key advice-givers, and crucially, their interactions with horse-owners to understand how issues of obesity are communicated and understood.
This PhD studentship would be suitable for a UK or EU graduate with a degree in Veterinary Science, related biological science or social science; some research experience and an interest in equine health and welfare is essential. Experience in qualitative research methods is not essential. Prior experience of qualitative research is not essential, but an understanding of the role and application of these methods, and the ways they are distinct from, but may complement, quantitative methods would also be desirable.
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