Postgraduate Studentships –
passion for research
The Animal Health Trust provides an excellent training environment for scientists at different stages of their careers from undergraduate projects through to higher degrees. Current graduate students are undertaking research to gain higher degrees in a diverse range of disciplines including Equine Orthopaedics, Infectious Diseases - specifically Bacteriology and Virology - and investigating canine inherited eye diseases.
Students based at the AHT are registered at various academic institutions including the Royal Veterinary College, the Universities of, Cambridge, London, Nottingham, and Liverpool.
The AHT is also a University Partner Institution of the University of Cambridge, and with other local research institutes (such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and the Babraham Institute), participates in the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) led by Cambridge University.
DTPs provide a four year PhD training in research areas relevant to the strategic priority areas of the BBSRC. They provide a breadth of professional development and training opportunities to enhance students' capability and develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future.
Students at AHT have a supervisor based at the AHT to provide day to day guidance with a second supervisor based at the registering university to provide an essential link to the university. All students are encouraged to attend courses and events at their registering university and are able to benefit from the close proximity to clinicians active in the leading small animal and equine referral clinics based at the AHT as well as the expertise of their respective university organisation.
Studentships at the AHT are supported through grant funding and therefore vacancies may arise throughout the year. If you are interested in pursuing a higher degree in research at the AHT, please review the Current Vacancies section on our website to find the latest opportunities.
Please contact Emma Sutherland for more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of PhDs have recently been awarded to students based at the Animal Health Trust in the following areas:
- Development of novel vaccination approaches for African Horse Sickness.
- Fell Pony Syndrome: Understanding the genetic defect and its impact on the immune system.
- The functional and immunological consequences of Se M variation in the pathogenesis of Strangles.
- Laminitis in the new millennium: frequency, risk factors and assessing a new potential therapy.
- Descriptive epidemiology and risk factors for lameness and orthopaedic injuries resulting in eliminations from elite endurance rides.
- Molecular characterisation of Canine Progressive Renal Atrophies in various dog breeds and their application as models for human retinal degenerations.
- Molecular techniques for the investigation of inherited canine neurological diseases.
- Association of MCM7 score with prognosis in intermediate grade mast cell tumours.
- Comparative genomic analysis of Streptococcus zooepidemicus and Streptococcus equi
- An optimal breeding scheme for guide dogs for the blind.