Graduate Positions Available

Improving antibiotic stewardship in dairy goats to assure food safety and milk quality

(MS or PhD project, scholarship available)

This project will be investigating approaches to improving milk quality in dairy goats, which involves evaluating the efficacy of intramammary antimicrobial therapy,  evaluating drug residue depletion, and the influence of intramammary therapy on development of antimicrobial resistance. The position could begin on January 1, 2021.

Contact: Dr. Pat Gorden 



Beef Cattle welfare & behavior

Start Date: Summer or Fall 2021

In this USDA-funded project, a team of applied ethologists and bovine veterinarians are exploring animal welfare challenges associated management of compromised and non-performing calves in commercial beef feedyards. The graduate student working on this project will (1) characterize behavior of cattle managed in hospital and chronic pens, and (2) identify animal-based outcomes to assess animal welfare and aid decision making associated with compromised and non-performing cattle. 

Desired Skills:

  • DVM or MS degree in applied ethology, animal science
  • Familiarity or strong interest in animal behavior research methodology
  • Familiarity or strong interest in beef cattle/animal agriculture
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a group structure
  • Enthusiastic, organized and self-motivated
  • Willingness to travel to commercial feedyards in U.S. and Canada

Interested and qualified applicants should immediately contact:

Dr. Suzanne Millman, Professor of Animal Welfare, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, Tel: (515) 294-2817; Email: ;