Research RVT IV

  • Full Time
  • Guelph, ON

University of Guelph

Temporary, full-time position (February 2024 to January 1, 2027) – Guelph, ON

The Department of Clinical Studies within the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph is seeking an experienced Registered Veterinary Technician to assist the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Clinical Faculty in improving the execution of equine clinical trials and research performed at the OVC. As a Research RVT IV, you will be involved in the technical and administrative aspects needed to support the large animal research program of the Department and facilitate the timely completion of research projects funded through the Equine Guelph and other funders. In keeping with the intent of the benefactor of the Donna Moore research endowment, at least 20% of your time will be prioritized to support projects that address the behavioural, welfare, nutrition and/or reproduction of horses.

Working under the supervision of the Departmental Chair or designate, and assuming various critical areas of responsibility, you will:

·       Assist with study design, animal utilization protocols, study plans and recruitment materials.

·       Support planning and execution of clinical trials, clinical research, or clinically related research.

·       Provide/support equine care activities, including, but not limited to, admission, care and discharge of horses participating in studies, collection and documentation of physical findings, procurement and submission of laboratory specimens (e.g., blood, urine, feces) and other procedures.

·       Identify and recruit potential equine patient research candidates/patients, communicate with owners and obtain their permission, and schedule, and participate in, follow-up examinations and re-evaluation of subjects enrolled in studies.

·       Carry out clinical data collection and management for prospective and retrospective studies, including quality assurance of data collected, data collation and summative reporting.

·       Assist with supplies, inventory and ordering, and grant budget management.

·       Assist with equine Departmental research laboratory and equipment management.

·       Provide technical support and functional guidance to veterinary students, graduate students, clinicians (faculty) and staff engaged in the research of the Department.

·       Cross-train with other Departmental research technicians to assist them when available.


To be considered for this role as a Research RVT IV, you must be a Registered Veterinary Technician who is passionate about horses, their welfare and equine research, and whose profile includes:

·       Successful completion of an accredited Veterinary Technician program recognized by the Ontario Association for Veterinary Technicians (OAVT).

·       Successful completion of the Veterinary Technician Examination (VTNE) and OAVT registration.

·       A minimum of 2 years’ prior experience working as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

·       Advanced equine handling and safety skills.

·       Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

·       Detail orientation and willingness to work in clinical and other research environments with horses.

·       Excellent organizational and time management skills.

·       Proof of a protective rabies titre.

As the successful candidate, you will be expected to work a 35-hour work week, with occasional paid scheduling flexibility for evening and weekend assistance as specific studies require.

The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for this role, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2024-0105, must be sent by e-mail, only to:

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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