Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society Seeking Board Members

The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project (VFTP) is a volunteer run, community based, registered charity that has been tackling local food waste and food insecurity in Vancouver since 1999.

They are looking for individuals with an interest and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Community Partner Development
  • Food Security
  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Technology/IT

They are looking to fill the position of:

  • Member at Large

How To Apply

To express interest in the VFTP board please email them with a little bit about yourself, your skills and experience as it relates to the role, and why you are interested in joining the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society Board.

Any questions and to express interest, please email: board@vancouverfruittree.com

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Practicum Opportunity: Vancouver Aquarium – Marine Mammal Rescue

Multiple practicum opportunities available!

6-credit in-person working at the Marine Mammal Rescue (offsite Aquarium). Students will work alongside the veterinary staff and volunteer teams to aid in the rehabilitation of marine mammals admitted to the centre.

Key duties include general husbandry, meal preparation, gavage feeding, helping admit animals, administering subcutaneous fluids, wound management, prepping medications, and potential to assist with rescues and releases.

Placement options are ONLY offered from June-August and September-October.

This application link is now open and will close February 25th, 2024. Applications will not be reviewed until after February 26th, and reference letters are not needed to apply.

See this link for additional info: https://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:APBI496

Practicum Opportunity: UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre

Animal Welfare Program Practicum Positions at the UBC Dairy Centre

UBC’s Animal Welfare Program is looking for practicum students to take on as research assistants at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre for the Winter Term 2024 (January to April 2024).

The UBC Dairy Research and Educational Centre, located in Agassiz, is a research facility that also operates as a commercial dairy farm. This environment provides opportunities to learn about animal research and a general understanding of how a dairy farm operates. Students will work alongside graduate students from the Animal Welfare Program on various topics related to dairy cattle welfare.

To learn more about the APBI 496 Practicum course and the positions available with the Animal Welfare Program, visit: https://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:APBI496 or email Malina, the practicum supervisor, at malina.suchon@ubc.ca

The deadline to apply is November 15.

Job Opportunity: Animal Care/Herds – Agwest Veterinary Group

Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. Animal Care/Herds Job Opportunity (PDF)

Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. is hiring!  Agwest Veterinary Group is a progressive bovine veterinary practice that provides veterinary services throughout the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. We are currently looking to fill a part-time position for an Animal Care/Herdsperson to tend the animals in the ARC (Advanced Reproductive Centre) facility. The position is a weekend position, Saturday and Sunday, with a morning and afternoon shift.

Duties:

  • Responsible for the timely feeding, cleaning, and care of animals within the IVF and other reproductive programs, that creates an overall wellbeing to maintain elite standards and results.
  • Responsible to bring to the attention of management any concerns of injury, sickness, or any other matter that pertains to the wellbeing of any animal within the reproductive programs.
  • Assist on routine herd health matters, and introduction of new animals into the system.
  • Maintenance and safe use of equipment and machinery (skid steer, blowers etc.).

Dimensions:

  • Working weekends, Saturdays and Sundays with responsibilities to basic chore work for the upkeep of good livestock husbandry, plus any additional tasks that are required in the best interest of the ARC.
  • Safe care and operation of any machinery to be used, after correct instruction.

Skill Requirements:

  • Proven and demonstrated animal husbandry experience.
  • Ability to communicate on all levels.
  • Appreciates the importance of good documentation.
  • Ability to work under a specified system without supervision.
  • Recognized basic animal welfare with regards to sickness or injury, exercising due attention to each individual animal.
  • Can observe and access animal behavior, e.g. heat detection.
  • Ability to bring forward concerns in a constructive and acceptable manner.
  • Ability to work inside and out in the adverse conditions normally associated with agriculture.

Compensation, depending on experience, is between $23 – 28 / hour.

If you enjoy working independently and are looking for part-time/weekend work, we invite you to apply!

Agwest and The ARC are located at: 1625 Angus Campbell Road, Abbotsford.

For more information:

If you are interested, please email Teresa Born, HR Manager @ hr@agwestvet.com.

NEW COURSE – APBI 290 002 Animal Cognition

Animal Cognition is a 3-credit course. Students of this course will get an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Comparative Cognition. Traditionally, Comparative Psychology has been regarded as the comparison of the behaviour of different species, usually considering human behaviour as the standard to what non-human species are compared. Drawing from the fields of Animal Behaviour, Philosophy and Psychology, we will compare species in diverse areas such as their particularities to perceive the environment, how physical cognition affects their problem-solving abilities and tool use, as well as their differences in social cognition, prosocial behaviour and communication. Through all this, we will question the notion of humans being the sole parameter of comparison, and promote a critical view that allows us to embrace each species uniqueness. This understanding of animal cognition will be helpful to take on more advanced courses in related fields, as well as it has important applications for assuring animal welfare.

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