PhD Studentship Development of A Shared Decision-making Model for Euthanasia Decisions in The Horse

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in veterinary medicine at The University of Nottingham, UK. The deadline for applying is October 06, 2020.

Other supervisors: John Burford (SVMS), Gary England (SVMS), Eleanor Wilson (School of Health Sciences), Kristian Pollock (School of Health Sciences)

Background: The School of Veterinary Medicine (latest Veterinary Medicine scholarship positions) and Science (SVMS) undertakes research on many key aspects of companion animals and livestock health and production. Research at the School is integrated into the University structure with established world class research in biomedical sciences within the other University Schools.

This studentship is funded by The Horse Trust, The Horse Trust has been providing respite and retirement for working and serving horses and ponies for 127 years, as well as taking in emergency welfare cases. The Horse Trust has been funding equine veterinary scientific research since 1965, with the aim to positively impact the lives of the widest possible number of horses.

Project description: Owners must make very difficult decisions when the time has to come for their horse to be euthanised. Many decisions are not clear-cut, and delayed euthanasia is a major welfare concern. Shared decision-making is used in human medicine, helping patient and health care professionals to reach an informed decision together. This three-year project will develop a model for shared euthanasia decision-making in the horse. It will review models currently used in human medicine and identify which of these are suitable in the veterinary sector. The study will work with veterinary practices and horse owners using Damschroeder's Consolidated Framework of Implementation to develop a final model for euthanasia decision-making. The methodology used will include focus groups, surveys and interviews. The project will be based at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonington, with co-supervision from the School of Health Sciences. The researcher will be required to travel to collaborating veterinary practices/ teams.

The ideal candidate will have some experience of working in the veterinary sector or equine establishments, have experience of end of life decisions in horses, and experience of qualitative research.

Candidates should apply online and include a CV. When completing the online application form, please select the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, then PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science (36m) and, once submitted, send your application ID number to

Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to the Continuing Education Team, (email:

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