Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

The Penn State Veterinary Extension and Research Team is looking for a graduate student at the Master's level. The successful candidate will work on an applied research project focused on assessing the effects of a transition disease prevention strategy on animal welfare, production, and fertility in post-partum dairy cows.

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, including the field and laboratory components, and publication and dissemination of the findings. Activities will include arranging and conducting visits to Pennsylvania dairy herds to enroll animals, collecting samples and data, performing laboratory analysis of samples, as well as maintaining and analyzing data. Furthermore, the student will help with presenting research results in scientific conferences and publishing study results in peer-reviewed journals. At the successful conclusion of the required coursework and research, the student will earn an MSc in Pathobiology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Required qualifications

  • Experience working with dairy cattle.
  • Experience uploading and analyzing data using software such as Excel.
  • Experience processing animal samples in a laboratory setting.
  • Critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter, proactive, and team player.

Preferred qualifications

  • DVM/VMD degree.
  • Spanish language proficiency.
  • Experience performing statistical data analyses.

International student additional requisites

  • TOEFL (80 score, 19 score speaking section)
  • GRE (>30 score)

If interested in this position, please contact Dr. Barragan (ph.: 814.864.5849; email: