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Student Assistant - Avian Pathology - Department of Pathology and Microbiology - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Department Pathology and Microbiology - AVC
Student Assistant - Avian Pathology
Hours of Work:
Up to 37.5 hours per week

$13.70 per hour plus 4% vacation pay


May 9, 2022 to August 12, 2022

The department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College is seeking applications for a student assistant position.


  • Participate in necropsies of diagnostic wildlife specimens submitted to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), with an emphasis on avian species and those at highest risk of plastic ingestion
  • With adequate training from a veterinary pathologist, process samples from avian wildlife for the detection and identification of ingested plastics
  • Data entry into the CWHC database, including plastics-related data
  • Other activities as required (e.g., field or laboratory work related to specific research projects, literature searches, database searches, writing blogs)


  • Preference will be given to a first- or second-year DVM student with a stated interest in wildlife veterinary science
  • Prophylactic vaccination against rabies is essential
  • Previous wildlife experience is desirable
  • Experience utilizing a variety of computer software programs (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing, e-mail, web browsers)
  • Independent work habits

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

UPEI will require all students, staff, and faculty to comply with the Covid 19 attestation and vaccination requirements as set out under the UPEI Covid 19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit will be given priority.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.