PhD: Mental health in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

PhD #1: Research project exploring veterinarian mental wellness and resilience

A funded 3-year PhD program in Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, is open for applications. The title of the project is “An exploration of veterinarian mental health and resilience, and the outcomes of veterinary care.” The program will commence on or before September 1st, 2016, depending on availability of a suitable candidate. In addition to faculty in the Department of Population Medicine, faculty from the Department of Clinical Studies, and the OVC Dean’s Office will participate in the project. The research will use mixed methods (i.e. quantitative and qualitative) to explore the lived experiences of veterinarians with regards to mental wellness and resilience and to investigate relationships between veterinarian wellness and outcomes of veterinary care, (e.g. client satisfaction and communication patterns). Methods of data collection will include quantitative questionnaires, key informant interviews, and video of veterinarian-client interactions.

PhD Veterinarian Wellness (PDF, 42 KB)

PhD #2: Development of evidence-based mental health literacy program and emergency mental health response model for Ontario agriculture

A funded 3-year PhD program in Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, is open for applications. The title of the project is “Development of evidence-based mental health literacy program and emergency mental health response model for Ontario agriculture.” The program will commence on or before September 1st, 2016, depending on availability of a suitable candidate. The research will use mixed methods (i.e. quantitative and qualitative) to explore the lived experiences of everyday occupational stresses and agricultural emergencies amongst agricultural producers, as well as their help-seeking behaviours, and perceived ideals for mental health programming. Methods of data collection will include, but are not limited to, key informant interviews and stakeholder workshops. The developed mental health literacy program will be delivered to members of the agricultural community and formally evaluated.

PhD Agricultural Welfare (PDF, 42 KB)