This two-year studentship at Bristol Veterinary School provides a link between feline clinical and research work, with an opportunity for involvement in multiple projects and completion of an MSc by research on a project entitled ‘The impact of feline degenerative joint disease on mobility and quality of life in cats’ using data from the Bristol Cats study. The MSc will be undertaken on a part-time basis over 2 years with the remainder of time being devoted to a range of feline-related work such as production of the e-newsletter Feline Update, delivery of CPD and advice to veterinarians, involvement in teaching, journal club, clinical rounds, diagnostic laboratory work and involvement in other research projects ongoing during the fellowship. The studentship provides an insight into an academic/research career and is particularly suitable for a veterinary graduate with some clinical experience who is interested in feline medicine and research. Other current areas of research interest are infectious diseases, feline immunology, genetic disorders, shelter medicine and epidemiology. 94666 189
The MSc by Research project:
Feline degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a common, but challenging condition in cats, with prevalence estimates ranging from 61% to as high as 99% of cats. Whilst DJD can lead to reduced mobility and pain, with significant potential impacts the cat’s quality of life (QoL), little is known about risk factors for this condition. Diagnosis of DJD primarily depends upon owners detecting behavioural changes in activity in their pet. Differences in activity between cats with DJD and normal cats have been detected using accelerometry. Early detection of DJD would allow a multimodal approach to delaying/halting progression of the disease, thereby improving the cat’s QoL. The aims of this project are to: 1) evaluate risk factors associated with the occurrence of feline DJD, 2) identify differences in the activity profiles of cats with signs of DJD, compared with disease free cats and determine whether accelerometry is more sensitive than owner report at detecting DJD and 3) investigate changes in the QoL with this condition. The project will use data from the Bristol Cats study, veterinary orthopaedic examinations, owner reported signs of altered activity, accelerometry and QoL questionnaires to realise these research aims.
How to apply:
Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select ‘Faculty of Health Sciences’ and then ‘Veterinary Science (MSc by Research)’ on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. Interviews will take place on 2.3.18