An evidence-based approach to canine health


An exciting opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct ground-breaking epidemiological research into the effects of weight on canine health. The project will be based within the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney as a part of the world-class companion animal epidemiological resource, VetCompass Australia. Using an existing database comprising the records of thousands of veterinary patients, this retrospective project will explore growth and bodyweight curves of thousands of dogs over their lives. 


Professor Paul McGreevy

Research Location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program Type



The research questions will include:
• Developing a key clinical resource that allows veterinarians to assess the adiposity of their canine patients, both purebred and crossbred alike, optimising veterinary care in preventative medicine, veterinary gerontology and pharmacology.
• Exploring how the unique morpho-diversity of the domestic dog influences growth, obesity and the development of lifestyle disorders.
• Exploring the relationships between important canine health disorders and obesity.
• Exploring what growth curves reveal about lifelong welfare impacts on the currently controversial age-of-desexing debate
• Working to characterise the ideal body weights for canine health and well-being.

Additional Information

Eligibility Criteria 
a. The Scholarship is offered subject to applicants having an unconditional offer of admission or currently enrolled in full-time studies in a PhD within the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.  
b. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in one of the following areas: • epidemiology/statistics, or & bull; animal or veterinary science. 
c. Applicants must be able to demonstrate: • high motivation, • excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, • excellent numeracy skills,• good writing skills, • good IT skills. 
d. Desirable attributes include: • Familiarity with mixed model methodologies • Familiarity with R or similar software; including graphical packages like ggplot or similar.  
e. Applicants must apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship. Applications for other relevant scholarships is also encouraged.

Additional Supervisors  Dr Alistair Senior  Bethany Wilson

Professor Paul McGreevy is the Board Chair of VetCompass Australia 

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Canine;obesity; veterinary surveillance; animal welfare

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2637

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