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If nothing is seen on a radiograph, is the bone normal?   View Summary
14 February 2013

Dr. Gavin graduated from Washington State University with a DVM in 1971 and from Colorado State University with a PhD in Radiology and Radiation Biology in 1980.

Dr Gavin is a pioneer of Veterinary MRI and started his MRI experience 20 years ago. Since the inception of MR Vets in 2002, he has reviewed over 80,000 cases to date. More than 200 cases per month are currently reviewed. He is the co‐author of the only Veterinary MRI textbook, published in 2009. Pat is an experienced teacher and lecturer. He has a very practical approach to interpreting MRI and teaching its basic principles to student, interns and residents.

Orthopaedic MRI for Veterinary Patients   View Summary
21 February 2013

Dr. Gavin graduated from Washington State University with a DVM in 1971 and from Colorado State University with a PhD in Radiology and Radiation Biology in 1980.

Dr Gavin is a pioneer of Veterinary MRI and started his MRI experience 20 years ago. Since the inception of MR Vets in 2002, he has reviewed over 80,000 cases to date.More than 200 cases per month are currently reviewed.He is the co‐author of theonly Veterinary MRI textbook, published in 2009. Pat is an experienced teacher and lecturer. He has a very practical approach to interpreting MRI and teaching its basic principles to student, interns and residents.

Lectures in the age of MOOCS: Why, what and how?   View Summary
25 February 2013

The Division of Natural Sciences (DNS) presents a staff retreat

"Lectures in the age of MOOCS: Why, what and how?".

Monday 25 February 2013, 9:30am-4:15pm,

The lecture has been the core of university teaching for centuries. However in the age of MOOCs and easily accessible information is the teacher-centric lecture dead? The Division of Natural Sciences will be hosting a one day retreat to address this question and present alternative approaches for the future. The topics will build upon two DNS forums on lectures held in 2012.

The day will include presentations and small group discussions/workshops in the morning and afternoon.

A keynote presentation will be delivered by Professor George Cairns, Head of School of Management, Centre for Business Education Research (CBER), RMIT University. His abstract and bio is below. For more information on the event, draft program, and to register, please visit the event page.

Abstract: The Lecture is Dead - Long Live the Academic!

I fully support the notion that the lecture is dead. But, this does not necessarily mean that the academic is doomed, so long as she/he does not stay with the corpse. Accepting the death of the lecture in its historic form does not mean the inevitable death of the academic, despite the cries of woe of the luddites and dire predictions on the impact of MOOCs and other 'technological disruptions'. However, the academic must realise that her/his primary role and expertise no longer lie - if they ever did - in telling students what is knowledge, but in instilling in them the ability to see why some ideas should be valued as knowledge, and why others; based on opinion, bias, propaganda, etc; should be questioned or rejected. Then, the academic must work with students in enabling them to explore how this knowledge can be applied to investigate, elicit options, and design optimal solutions to the complex and ambiguous problems that face society.

The challenges are great, but the potential rewards are greater, and both are outweighed by the risks of not engaging. If the academic stays with the dying lecture, she/he will become redundant. However, the student will then be left at the mercy of an unmediated web-learning environment that will be exploited by commercial and other self-interests that have no concern for knowledge in itself. In this session, drawing upon my background in architecture and my current location in RMIT University's new Swanston Academic Building, I will outline approaches to business education that are based upon a 'design studio' approach. I will show that the 'flipped classroom' and such concepts are not new, but that the advent of new technologies - and the design of new physical learning environments - enables them to be applied and implemented in new and exciting ways. In the new learning environment, the academic remains the custodian of knowledge, but does not have exclusive ownership of it.

Biographic Note

George Cairns is Professor of Management and Head of School of Management at RMIT University. With others, he has worked on development of scenario method since the 1990s. George has facilitated scenario workshops for organizations including UK National Air Traffic Services, South East England Development Agency, the Facility Management Association of Australia, and the Risk Management Institution of Australasia. From 2009-2011, he contributed to a project exploring higher education futures for Romania, funded by the European Social Fund. With Prof. George Wright from the UK, he co-authored Scenario Thinking: Practical approaches to the future, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. George has published widely in international journals, including Human Relations, European Journal for Operational Research, Management Learning, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Futures. George trained as an architect in the UK and gained his PhD from the University of Glasgow.

"The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments"   View Summary
26 February 2013


Few ethical issues create as much controversy as invasive experiments on animals. Some scientists claim they are essential for combating major human diseases, or detecting human toxins. Others claim the contrary, backed by thousands of patients harmed by pharmaceuticals developed using animal tests. Some claim all experiments are conducted humanely, to high scientific standards. Yet a wealth of studies has recently revealed that laboratory animals suffer significant stress, which may distort experimental results.

  • Where, then, does the truth lie?
  • How useful are such experiments in advancing human healthcare?
  • How much do animals suffer as a result?
  • And do students really need to dissect or experiment on animals?
  • What are the effects on their attitudes towards them?

Bioethicist and veterinarian Andrew Knight presents more than a decade of ground-breaking scientific research, analysis and experience to provide evidence-based answers to a key question: is animal experimentation ethically justified?

Andrew Knight, DipECAWBM (WSEL), PhD, MRCVS, FOCAE, is a European Veterinary Specialist in Welfare Science, Ethics and Law and Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments (Palgrave Macmillan).


Shaping future land use and food systems   View Summary
27 February 2013

Professor D'Occhio will give an overview of his research on beef cattle in the challenging environments of northern Australia. This research includes reproductive biology and reproductive biotechnology and the interrelationships between nutrition, metabolic homeostasis and reproduction in beef cattle. Professor D'Occhio will also discuss some of the challenges to future food production in Australia within the context of climate change, resources, land use and sustainability. Notable within Australia is the lack of adequate foresighting to inform research, teaching and policy that addresses climate change and land use. Evidence-based foresighting is required to better prepare for the future and also to have a clearer understanding of the role for Australia in global food security.

Practitioner Evening - Medicine   View Summary
13 March 2013

'Cardiovascular Emergencies'

Dr Niek BeijerinkDVM MS PhD Dipl. ECVIM‐CA (Cardiology)Small Animal Cardiology Specialist

'Oncological Emergencies'

Dr Peter BennettBVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine) DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Medicine) Clinical Specialist in Oncology

"Cancers are typically thought of as being slow growing and that they take time to cause problems.

But there are times when direct or indirect changes that occur with cancer patients can lead to acute

conditions that require urgent management."

Sandwiches and beverages will be served in the foyer of the Veterinary Science Conference Centre at 7:15 pm.

Lectures will commence at 8 pm in the Webster Lecture Theatre,

Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC) Regimental Drive, Camperdown Campus.

RSVP by Friday 8th March 2013via fax on (02) 9351‐ 4261

Medical and Behavioural Genetics: What we are all about    View Summary
14 March 2013

Professor Claire Wade will describe highlights from her broad research interests and those of her research associates and students, ranging from dogs and horses through to sheep and Sumatran Tigers.

Valuable behavioural phenotypes in Australian farm dogs: Dog-stock interactions   View Summary
21 March 2013

Jonathon Earlyis a post-graduate student co-supervised by Professor Paul McGreevy and Professor Claire Wade. Jonathon's research involves defining and measuring valuable behavioural phenotypes in working Kelpies in order to assist in the development of future breeding and training programs for working dogs.

25 March 2013

The Symposium will be a Question & Answer style format - There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Key participants in the discussion panel are:

Ms Kathleen Plowman. Australian Pork Limited, General Manager (Policy) Mr Grant Hilliard. Feather and Bone, Vendors of high welfare meat

Mr John Cordina. Cordina, Producer of RSPCA accredited and other poultry meat

Dr Bidda Jones. RSPCA Australia, Chief Scientist

Mr Philip Szepe. Kinross Farm, Producer of free-range, barn and caged eggs

Dr Raf Freire. Charles Sturt University, Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

TBA - Derek Spielman   View Summary
28 March 2013

Derek Spielman

TBA   View Summary
28 March 2013

Derek Spielman

Dr Kristofer Helgen   View Summary
4 April 2013

Unexpected insights in Australian natural history buried in natural history museums: the cases of the Long-Beaked Echidna in the Kimberley and the century-old marsupial carnivore epidemic in Tasmania

Nutrition aspects of ruminant diets under intensive production systems   View Summary
11 April 2013

Professors Cecilia Cajarville Sanz and José Luis Repetto Capello, UdelaR Veterinary Faculty

Giant Pandas   View Summary
18 April 2013

Dr Rebecca Spindler, Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Peritonitis: Adressing the Abominable Abdomen Diagnosis & Treatment of Peritonitis in Cats & Dogs   View Summary
1 May 2013

Your colleagues at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney cordially invite you to attend an evening of continuing professional development for practitioners on Wednesday, 1st May 2013
'PERITONITIS: Addressing the Abominable Abdomen
Diagnosis and Treatment of Peritonitis in Cats & Dogs'
Dr Alastair Franklin ‐ Consultant in Small Animal Surgery
Dr Chris Tan - Senior Registrar in Small Animal Surgery
Dr Mark Newman - Resident in Small Animal Surgery
Dr Jennifer Chau - Resident in Diagnostic Imaging
Sandwiches and beverages will be served in the foyer of the Veterinary Science Conference Centre at 7:15 pm. Lectures will commence at 8 pm in the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC).
RSVP by Friday 26th April 2013 via fax on (02) 9351‐ 4261 or email

Information Flyer
Devil facial tumour disease   View Summary
9 May 2013

Presented by Dr Beata Uvjari

Camden Seminars 9th May 2013   View Summary
9 May 2013

Kate Sawford:-" The HHALTER project: Investigation the human elements of Hendra virus transmission"

Feline fungal infections which resulted in discovery.....   View Summary
16 May 2013

Feline fungal infections which resulted in discovery of a new species of Aspergillus that causes infections in dogs, cats and humans

Presentation by Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs

A comparative approach to cancer metastasis: biology and therapy   View Summary
17 May 2013

The lecture "a comparative approach to cancer metastasis: biology and therapy" which will be presented by Dr Chand Khanna from the National Cancer Institute, USA.

The lecture will start at 4.00pm on Friday, 17 May and will be held in the New Law School Seminar Room117, The University of Sydney (Camperdown campus). Light refreshments will be served from 5.00pm - 5.30pm.

DrChand Khanna
Director, Comparative Oncology Program,Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute and Head,Tumor and Metastasis Biology Section,Paediatric Oncology Branch,Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute. Dr.Khanna's profile can be viewed at:

Male Seahorse Pregnancy   View Summary
23 May 2013

Presentation by Dr Camilla Whittington

Camden Seminar Series - 23rd May 2013   View Summary
23 May 2013
  • Robyn Alders: Food Security and the One Health Paradigm
  • Karen Williams: Results of our longitudinal study of E coliO157 shedding in cattle.
Sex lives of marsupials: Who's getting lucky, who isn't and why does it matter for conservation?   View Summary
30 May 2013

Presenter:- Dr Cathy Herbert

Camden Seminar Series    View Summary
6 June 2013
  • Olivia Evans will be presenting "Investigating the transmission factors of Ostreid herpesvirus-1 (OsHV-1) within the environment: Wild mollusc species as a possible source of infection?"
Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
6 June 2013

Dr Natasha Hamilton, presentation title - TBA

Sydney Seminar Series Presents:-   View Summary
13 June 2013

Dr Rebecca Johnson, Head of The Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics at the Australian Museum will present a talk TBA.

Sydney Seminar Series Presents:-   View Summary
20 June 2013

PhD candidate Jessica Gurr, Wildlife conservation and phylogenomics.

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
20 June 2013

Sonia Yun Liu will present:-

'Digestion dynamics of starch and protein influence broiler performance and nutrient utilisation: a new concept in poultry nutrition'

Professor Richard Whittington will present :-

"Epidemic curves and the loss of the Hawkesbury River aquaculture industry, right on Sydney's doorstep"

Sydney Seminar Series Bonus Seminar   View Summary
20 June 2013

Smart textiles in equine research

Johanna Ternström,a visiting student from Chalmers Textile Institute in Sweden.

Research techniques from theoretical and experimental physics laboratories, combined with wireless technology, can be readily adapted to measure and store metrics for numerous variables in equine structure and function. Activities such as breathing, the extension and flexion of joints, limb kinematics and cardiac function can be logged as indicators of physiological and behavioural conditioning. Such metrics may also one day support veterinary diagnostics but also play a role in safeguarding sport-horse welfare, especially in elite contexts where the horse may be pushed to its functional limits. As such, they are likely to emerge as an area of great interest to equitation and welfare scientists.

Sydney Seminar Series    View Summary
27 June 2013

Dr Julianne Djordjevic, Lab Leader, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Millennium Institute, Sydney Medical School, Westmead will present:-

"A novel branch of phospholipase C-mediated signalling involving inositol polyphosphate synthesis is essential for fungal pathogenicity"

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
4 July 2013

Jeffery Go will present:- "Experimental transmission of megalocytivirus between freshwater and marine fish populations"

AASG@Sydney: Life in the Anthropocene   View Summary
8 July 2013 to 10 July 2013

Keynotes: Prof Cary Wolfe (Rice), Prof Kate Rigby (Monash) , Prof Claire Kim (UC Irvine), Prof Paul McGreevy (USyd), Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan (UniMelb), Prof Peter Sankoff (Alberta)

Conference theme: The Anthropocene describes a period of geological time dominated by homo sapiens and marked by the significant impact of human activity on the planet. At a time when the natural world is ever more subject to human intervention, interspecies relations face many challenges. If the cultural and scientific moment of the Anthropocene puts 'us' in our place, then it is time to reconsider our place with them, the other animals.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
11 July 2013

Associate Professor Vicki N. Meyers-Wallen, Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University will present:-

"Mutation Hunt in the canine model of XX Disorder of Sexual Development (XX DSD)"

In this canine model of Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) 78,XX dogs show female to male sex reversal with ovotestes or testes development. These individuals are SRY-negative and masculinized in proportion to the amount of testis. The severity varies between individuals. A causative mutation has not been identified for this type of human and canine XX DSD. DNA from dogs in a pedigree segregating XX DSD was used in a genome wide association study (GWAS). Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with XX DSD were located on an autosome within the regulatory region of a key gene associated with gonad development. Direct sequencing and fine mapping with novel SNPs, insertions, and deletions have revealed haplotypes common to affected dogs in the pedigree and in clinical cases unrelated to the pedigree. Current studies include evaluation of copy number variables (CNV) in the region.

Fighting Extinction at Zoos Victoria   View Summary
11 July 2013

Dr Marissa Parrott will present her talk on

Fighting Extinction at Zoos Victoria - using natural behaviours to increase breeding and conservation success in native mammals

About Dr Parrott
Reproductive Biologist, Wildlife Conservation and Science, Zoos Victoria

Zoos Victoria is committed to Fighting Extinction. We work locally and globally to deliver tangible conservation outcomes. Our goal is to be the world's leading zoo-based conservation organisation, the Australian authority on captive holding and management of native threatened species, and the major facilitator of wildlife knowledge for conservation action. Zoos Victoria has a commitment to ensure that no Victorian terrestrial vertebrate species goes extinct. Through in depth analyses, we have identified 20 species that are on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss, feral animals, landscape fragmentation, disease and climate change.

Maintaining an animal's natural behaviours is critically important in captive breeding programs, particularly when breeding threatened species for reintroduction. Allowing animals to choose their own mates not only preserves behaviours that are essential for successful release and re-establishment of wild populations, but can increase the number and genetic quality of young, the genetic viability of a population and improve the success and survivorship of young. It can also decrease stress and aggression in the animals and reduce the likelihood of fighting, injuries and deaths in captivity. Our research has shown that female mate choice can significantly increase breeding success in a variety of marsupials and may be an important tool in the conservation a variety of endangered taxa. Here I will describe how we are fighting extinction for our 20 species and how mate choice research is used to increase conservation outcomes for Zoos Victoria's endangered species programs including the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum and Tasmanian Devil.

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
18 July 2013

Dr Chris Grupen

Presentation title: "What Oocytes Want: Metabolites and Steroids that Enhance Performance"

The "holy grail" for reproductive biologists is to be able to distinguish between good and bad quality eggs (oocytes) prior to IVF. Understanding what oocytes need to mature successfully will lead to better embryo quality and better pregnancy outcomes in all species, including humans.

Come along bring your friends and colleagues to hear more about this exciting research!!!!

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
18 July 2013

Professor Robert Miller, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico presents:- "The gain and loss of novel gene families in the evolution of mammalian immune systems"

About Prof Miller:-Professor and Chair of Biology at the University of New Mexico and is the Co-Director of the Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology. Prof. Miller's research focuses on early development of the immune system, primarily in mammals such as marsupials and monotremes as model systems. Prof. Miller's research has involved both cellular as well as molecular approaches to understanding the evolution of immune systems. He and his students have uncovered the presence of novel cells and strategies in the immune systems of species such as the opossum and the platypus that were not found from studies of humans or other conventional model species. Prof. Miller is a principal investigator on a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence award from the US National Institutes of Health as well as numerous grant awards from the US National Science Foundation. He has served as a Program Director in the NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, overseeing the program in Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition and has served on several US Federal advisory committees including the Department of Homeland Security Foreign Animal Disease Threats sub-committee. Prof. Miller was born, raised and educated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was on the Immunology faculty at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California before moving to New Mexico and UNM

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
25 July 2013

Presentation by Professor Robert Miller, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico

Practitioner Evening - Medicine    View Summary
31 July 2013

HyperA - What's new in trilostane treatment & monitoring?

Dr Christine Griebsch

Dr med. vet. DECVIM-CA (Small Animal)

Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Managing tricky DKAs

Dr Joanna Whitney

BSc(Vet) BVSc MVetStud MANZCVS(SmAnimMed, ECC)

Resident in Small Animal Medicine

Getting the most out of endocrine gland imaging

Dr Mariano Makara Dipl. ECVDI

Specialist & Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
1 August 2013

What makes a cancer contagious?Presentation from Dr Hannah Siddle

About Dr Siddle:-

Hannah finished her PhD with Kathy Belov in the Vet Faculty in 2008. She then received a NHMRC overseas training fellowship to go and work with Professor Jim Kaufman in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. Hannah has been in Prof Kaufman's lab for four years and is now funded by an EMBO long term fellowship.

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
1 August 2013

Louise Bartolac will present:- " Maximising the post-thaw survival of vitrified, in vitro produced porcine embryos: A comparsion of common open and closed devices and blastocoele presence."

This presentation examines numerour open and closed vitrification devices, and whether or not blastocoele presence improves the cryosurvivability of vitrified in vitro produced day 7 porcine embryos.

Sydney Seminars   View Summary
8 August 2013

Special Presentation from the "Australian Support Dogs" to highlight International Assistance Dog Week 4th - 10th August

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
15 August 2013

Dr Greg Cronin will present "An Australian perspective on non-confinement housing for the farrowing sow and litter"

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
15 August 2013

There will be two exciting presenters today:-

Jessica Sanchez 4th year Honours Student from AVBS:-"Can captive bred lions be released into the wild?" Jessica will be talking to us about her 3 week stay at Antelope Park Zimbabwe which focuses on lion conservation with the ultimate goal to release lions back into the wild. She will talk about the program and then about some of her fun travels!!!

Jenna Lowe PhD Student:-"The role of lipid metabolism during porcine in vitro embryo culture"Pig embryos have a large complement of endogenous lipid- however, the reason for such high lipid levels and their contribution to energy generation within the cell is still poorly understood. The in vitro production of pig embryos is substandard compared to that of numerous other species, and understanding how to better meet embryo metabolic requirements during culture will lead to improvements in embryo production.

Moredun research and collaborative links   View Summary
21 August 2013

Dr Julie Fitzpatrick the CEO of the Moredun Research Institute will present a seminar at Camden on Moredun research and collaborative links.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
22 August 2013

This week PhD Candidate Liz Arnott will present "Shedding light on the secret lives of farm dogs"

There are approximately 100 000 herding dogs contributing to Australia's multi-billion dollar livestock industry yet very little is known about how these dogs live and work.

With the recent completion of the nation-wide Farm Dog Survey,Liz' talk will give some early insight into several aspects of farm dog husbandry, training and work. The survey findings will inform further research to identify human and canine factors affecting the performance and longevity of these working dogs.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
29 August 2013

PhD Candidate Katrina Morris will be discussing her PhD Research on the Tasmanian Devil

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
29 August 2013

Exciting Double Presentations today:

Sy Woon Presents :

"An Introduction to Zeuterin: the Latest Innovation that Neuters via Needle!"

Vet student, Sy, recently returned from the 5th Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods for Pet Population Control in Portland, Oregon, where she undertook exclusive training to become Zeuterin™ certified. Her presentation will outline this ground-breaking - and only FDA-approved - injectable sterilant for male dogs and discuss how "zeutering" could change the face of dog population control, conventional desexing, and more!

Dr Salome Durr Presents:

"How do dog roam in Indigenous communities of northern Australia?"

Dr Salome will present the results of the field trial done in Indigenous communities when two dogs were collared with GPS units. The data provide useful information on the dog's roaming behaviour and it is planned to use the same method to collect data of 56 dogs during the field work of next week

Fasciola hepatica cysteine proteases: roles in virulence, tissue invasion and immune modulation   View Summary
4 September 2013

Visiting Professor John Dalton, Professor in Infectious Diseases at Queens' University Belfast, Northern Ireland will be presenting a seminar :Fasciola hepatica cysteine proteases: roles in virulence, tissue invasion and immune modulation.

About Prof Dalton : Professor in Infectious Diseases at Queens' University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is currently a member of the FP7-funded PARAVAC Consortium (awarded Euro9 million) for the development of vaccines against farm animal diseases. Recently, he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant Award for the study of immunomodulation by helminth pathogens and development of vaccines.

His interests include anti-malaria drug design, vaccine development against helminth parasites of animals and humans, and discovery of novel helminth parasite-derived immunotherapeutics.

Prof. Dalton is specialist editor for the International Journal of Parasitology and Journal of Infectious Diseases, International editor for Parasite Immunology and an Associate Editor for PlosNTD

Sydney Seminar Series: Conservation Challenges of the Corroboree Frog   View Summary
5 September 2013

Its Threatened Species Day on Saturday the 7th of September so this week the faculty seminar will be given by Michael McFadden from Taronga discussing some of Australia's most threatened species.

About Michael McFadden:

Michael began working at Taronga Zoo in January 2003, soon after completing his honours degree on endogenous seasonal cycles in the endangered Regent Honeyeater. He is currently the Unit Supervisor of the Herpetofauna division where he oversees the maintenance and husbandry of the Zoo's collection of reptiles and amphibians.

Michael currently works mostly closely with the Zoo's amphibian conservation projects in collaboration with Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water. These include captive breeding and release programs for the highly endangered Southern and Northern Corroboree Frogs and Booroolong Frogs. These species have declined to the brink of extinction due primarily to chytrid fungus. More recently, he has been working closely with an insurance population of Yellow-spotted Bell Frogs, a species that was thought to have been extinct for over 30 years until their rediscovery in late 2009.

Understanding the consequences of genetic bottlenecks in threatened species   View Summary
11 September 2013

Dr Catherine Grueber from the University of Otago in New Zealand will talk about "Understanding the consequences of genetic bottlenecks in threatened species"

Indigenous seminars   View Summary
12 September 2013

Dr Graeme Brown (from USyd), 'Dogs, Dwellings and Disease' - A study of dogs in remote Aboriginal Communities.

Dr Brown will be talking about the impact of dogs in remote Aboriginal Communities has become a contentious issue. Before European settlement, the nomadic lifestyle and low population density protected Indigenous people and their dogs from many infectious diseases. People have now settled in communities with their dogs and are no longer nomadic. The burden of infectious diseases represented by dog-to-human transmission in these communities has been considered an unknown quantity. In order to address some of these important issues, in 2007 the University of Sydney's "Healthy Dogs - Healthy Communities" project was commenced.

Dr Graeme's expertise is veterinary parasitology and animal diseases. His research interests focus on dog health and welfare in remote indigenous communities. His research has focused on haemoparasites and seroprevalence of neospora caninum, and also population dynamics of dogs in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
19 September 2013

Dr Shawn Wilder discuss his work on the nutritional ecology of predators.

Seminar title: Carnivore nutrition: from physiology to communities.

Shawn came to the School of Biological Sciences, at the University of Sydney in 2010 after completing a postdoctoral appointment at Texas A&M University. He is currently funded by an ARC DECRA. His research examines the nutritional ecology of predators (e.g., dietary requirements, diet regulation) and its ecological consequences.

Practitioner's Evening - Feline Orthopaedics - Why is this cat lame?   View Summary
25 September 2013

Dr Katja Voss
Dr med. vet. Diplomate ECVS
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Dr Alastair Franklin
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Dr Karl Mathis
Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Light refreshments will be served in the foyer of the Veterinary Science Conference Centre at 7:15 pm.
Lectures will commence at 8 pm in the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC) Regimental Drive, Camperdown Campus.

RSVP by Friday 20th September 2013 via fax on (02) 9351‐ 4261 or email

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
26 September 2013

Dr Jan Slapeta will be discussing Parasites!

Seminar title: Challenging dogmas in veterinary parasitology.

Jan will present recent discoveries from the McMaster Buildingparasitology group. He will use two examples to demonstrate that using long forgotten museum material is still worth a look and that direct experimental evidence is way better than long standing assumption.

Jan studies parasites at the Faculty of Veterinary Science. He has a broad understanding of the biology of parasites of both medical and veterinary importance, as well as the diseases caused by them. He aims to understand pathogenesis of single cell parasites and mechanisms that control their life cycles strategies. He uses parasites such as Neospora, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium,Myxozoa andTritrichomonas as objects of his group experiments. He is the editor-in-chief of "Veterinary Parasitology" and serves as a specialist editor of "International Journal for Parasitology".

2013 Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium   View Summary
26 September 2013 to 27 September 2013

Highlights include keynote presentations by USDA researcher Dean Anderson on Virtual Fencing and AgResearch NZ's Keith Betteridge on spatial variability in animals and nutrients.

See website for further details

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
26 September 2013

Karen Williams will be presenting a talk on:-

"The risks of playing with baby cows"

Karen will be presenting results of a six month study of prevalence, super-shedding and risk factors of O157 (E. Coli) in a cohort of dairy cattle. She will include a brief summary of the public health risks and discuss the recent outbreak!

Come along bring your friends and colleagues to hear more about Karen's interesting and informative research!!!!

Special Seminar - Sydney   View Summary
2 October 2013

Of Cats and Men: The March Towards Restoring Locomotion After Spinal Cord Injury

Ralph Etienne-Cummings is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and computer science at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He is the founding Director of the Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering (currently administered by University of Maryland, College Park) which administers the field of applied neuroscience in electronic and computer engineering. He serves on numerous editorial boards and was recently appointed Deputy Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.

He is the recipient of the NSF's Career and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Awards, Visiting African Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship Grantee and National Academies of Science Kavli Fellowship. He has won numerous prizes for his work, including the 2012 IEEE Transaction on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering Most Outstanding Paper. He was also recently recognized as a "ScienceMaker", as part of the HistoryMakers which is an African American history archive.

His research interest includes mixed signal VLSI systems, computational sensors, computer vision, neuromorphic engineering, smart structures, mobile robotics, legged locomotion and neuroprosthetic devices. He has published >200 technical articles, 1 book, 9 book chapters and holds numerous patents on his work in these subjects.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
3 October 2013

Seminar title: Texas Mountain Lions: Status and Conservation challenges

Mountain Lions are a native species of Texas and an important selective force on prey populations. Scientific studies in the state indicate that(1) the cats are experiencing low survivorship mainly due to predator control and hunting practices, (2) the population is exhibiting a skewed age structure, and (3) the population is being harvested at an unsustainable level leading to a nonviable population. Dr. Gilad will discuss Mountain Lion ecology, behavior and status in Texas, as well as her work at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Indigenous seminars- Faculty of Veterinary Science   View Summary
10 October 2013

A/Prof Annie Ross (from UQ), Indigenous knowledge and the management of dingoes and dugongs.

A/Prof Ross will be presenting her work aboutIndigenous knowledge and the management of dingoes and dugongs. This will be presented in a framework of 'conservation' and what this term actually means in an Indigenous setting.

A/Prof Ross's primary research interest is in Indigenous knowledge of natural resources management in Moreton Bay and Australia generally. She is also working on changing meaning and significance at areas significant for Aboriginal heritage in the 21st century, with a focus on a stone arrangement site on the Darling Downs. She has recently begun a project at Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands, investigating Indigenous knowledge of marine resources management.

Camden Seminar Series Extra Special Edition   View Summary
10 October 2013

Dr Greg Cronin will present:- "When will farrowing pens be a viable alternative to conventional farrowing crates?"

In this presentation Greg will discuss why farrowing crates were developed, why animal welfare advocates now oppose their use and when and if it will be possible for the pig industry to adopt farrowing pens.


Dr Russell Bush Will present:-"The effect of temperament on the behaviour and productivity of beef heifers grazed extensively on pasture"

Remote sensing technology is being increasingly used to investigate the influence of temperament on beef cattle behaviour and performance under extensive grazing conditions. Being able to objectively link cattle temperament with expected performance will have substantial implications for management and productivity.



Comparative Oncology Lecture: Cancer Research Network   View Summary
16 October 2013
The CRN Comparative Oncology SIG invites all cancer researchers to a lecture by: DR CHRIS WEIR Senior Research Fellow Bill Walsh Translational Research Laboratories Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney Dr Weir's lecture is titled "Autologous vaccines to treat cancer: Old dogs teaching us new tricks".
Comparative Oncology Lecture: Cancer Research Network   View Summary
16 October 2013
The CRN Comparative Oncology SIG invites all cancer researchers to a lecture by: DR CHRIS WEIR Senior Research Fellow Bill Walsh Translational Research Laboratories Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney Dr Weir's lecture is titled "Autologous vaccines to treat cancer: Old dogs teaching us new tricks".
Indigenous seminars- Faculty of Veterinary Science   View Summary
17 October 2013

Prof Bill Gammage (from ANU), The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Special Laos Seminar   View Summary
21 October 2013

We will be holding a seminar in GTB106A at the Camden campus on Monday 21st at 1pm on the food security work done by staff and students in Laos (& more broadly the Mekong region).

This is particularly designed for the numerous Vet4 students doing Rural Public Practice in 2014 in Laos, and potential BSc(vet) & AVBS Hons project students, but all are welcome.

Brief presentations will include:

  • Sonevilay Nampanya, PhD Candidate: Food security and health in the Greater Mekong Sub-region by improving smallholder livestock production
  • Isabel MacPhillamy, BSc(Vet) Candidate: Knowledge transfer between smallholder farmers and government implemented education activities in Lao PDR
  • Emma Zalcman, MVPH Candidate: My experience of living in Laos & working with Elephants

Professor Peter Windsor: Where our research is headed, from 'AH-2006-159 Best Practice Health & Husbandry in Large Ruminants' to our new projects in development:

  1. 'AH-2011-068: Development of a biosecure market-driven large ruminant beef production system in Lao PDR'
  2. 'AH-2012-067: Enhancing large ruminant transboundary animal disease risk management for poverty reduction in Lao PDR'
  3. 'AH-2011-014: Village-based biosecurity as a novel approach to livestock disease risk management in Cambodia'
  4. And contributions to the OIE led 'AH-2010-045: Improving livelihoods through animal health and biosecurity research in the Mekong Region'

Hope to see a good audience on Monday to hear and discuss with us the many positive developments occurring in the region

Indigenous seminars- Faculty of Veterinary Science   View Summary
24 October 2013

Ms Julia Hardaker(CEO of Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, AMRRIC) will present'Building better futures for animal health and welfare outcomes with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can be challenging and rewarding'

Ms Hardaker will talk about building better futures for animal health and welfare outcomes with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can be challenging and rewarding. AMRRIC works in partnership with a range of stakeholders to facilitate and support sustainable, culturally-sensitive, professional animal health programs in rural and remote communities. It is the only such independent organisation in Australia focused on all areas of animal management including dog health and welfare, policy, research, education and capacity building in rural and remote Indigenous communities. AMRRIC's work does far more than benefit dogs and other animals - they contribute appreciably to an improvement in community health and well being. With the view that human and dog health are inextricably linked, AMRRIC works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and governments to improve the health and welfare of companion animals. AMRRIC's coordinated and unified approach has been shown to be an effective and sustainable way to address this critical and complex public health issue.

AMRRIC Chief Executive Officer, Julia Hardaker, has managed multiple projects in the Non-Government, Not for Profit programs sector for more than twenty-two years, coordinating and facilitating many programs for Non Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families in NSW, Afghanistan and the NT. She has managed Community Development projects in Afghanistan and coordinated and managed multiple projects in the southern Barkly communities of the Northern Territory when she was with Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation in Tennant Creek. She has been managing AMRRIC for 6 years and has managed multiple national projects during that time to build better futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Camden Seminar Series    View Summary
24 October 2013

PhD Student Tori Scott will present:

"Investigation into incentives to encourage voluntary cow traffic at the dairy in an Automatic Milking System"

Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) are becoming more commonplace within the dairy industry, however there is still a large gap in our knowledge and understanding of best-practice operation in pasture-based systems (predominant in Australia). In order to successfully operate a voluntary AMS, it is essential we encourage cows to voluntarily walk between the dairy and the paddock, and the most useful method to-date is the use of feed incentives. This research centres around determining the effect of various feeding incentive strategies on cow traffic, and the subsequent development of methods to ensure efficient movement of cows through the dairy.

SU Veterinary Forensics Society Seminar   View Summary
28 October 2013

Dr Lydia Tong will present: "He Says He'll Kill The Dog If I Leave":The Links Between Domestic Violence & Animal Abuse

A particularly important subject for anyone involved in animal health, animal welfare, women's health, forensic science, forensic psychology, law enforcement, social services, family sociology, and family medicine.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
31 October 2013

Professor David Raftos will be discussing his work on the impacts of environmental stressors on the immune system of marine invertebrates.

Presentation Title: Oysters, Stress and Disease

About Prof Raftos

David Raftos is a Professor of Marine Biology at Macquarie University and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. He is also a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and sits on the ARC's Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental, Medical and Health Sciences (BEM) panel. Professor Raftos has over 25 years experience in marine biology, focusing on the cell and molecular biology of marine invertebrates. After completing his PhD, he worked as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles, and as an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Raftos has since held faculty positions at the University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University, and has been a Visiting Professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. His ongoing research programs focus on the effects of environmental stress on marine animals, with particular emphasis on infectious disease, environmental contamination and climate change.

Inaugural Australian Working Dog Conference   View Summary
4 November 2013 to 5 November 2013

Australian Working Dog Conference will have no fewer than five of our fabulous PhD students will be presenting on topics ranging from:

· a device that measures optimism in dogs,

· the attributes farmers value in their dogs,

· the economic impact of farm dogs,

· the genetics of canine separation-related distress,

· defining dogmanship (that way some people have with dogs)

Faculty of Veterinary Science's Postgraduate Conference    View Summary
6 November 2013 to 7 November 2013

The annual post-graduate conference. It provides an opportunity forour studentsto highlighttheir years' effort to the rest of our research community. The conference remains a significant event for the faculty, bringing together students from both campuses but very importantly, 'off-site' students who have limited contact with others for much of the year.

While completingthedegree, is no doubt the end goal. The acquisition of skills that will supportthe student'spersonal and professional development should also be high ontheir achievement list. The faculty aims to provide well trained, highly sort after research leaders and this gathering aims to help with this objective.

This year's special presentation, Penny Oxfordwill be our guest emcee who will hosta panel of recent graduatesas theyshare their journey from post PhD, to their exciting, challenging and rewarding careers.

Mark your calendars this event not to be missed!

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
14 November 2013

Dr. Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska to the university and hear him discuss his fascinating research in the field of Nutritional Ecology.
Seminar title: Field-based Nutritional Ecology: Challenges and Future Perspectives

Dr. Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska is the Loxton Bequest Research Fellow in Nutritional Ecology and his research is cross-disciplinary. His primary research interest addresses the nutritional and sensory ecology of marine and terrestrial animals and aims to understand the effects of nutrient balance on the behavior, physiology, life history and fitness of animals. Dr Machovsky-Capuska's interests extend beyond pure research to include also applied goals, including the conservation of endangered species and pest management with particular interest on the relationship between foraging strategies, decision making process and nutrient intake. To answer these multidisciplinary questions a wide range of different research techniques in both the field and laboratory are used. These include behavioural observations and video footage analysis, deployment of miniaturised data-loggers, analyses of animal diet and faecal compositions, heavy metals and nutritional modelling. Dr Machovsky-Capuska's work experience also includes research on breeding, diet and foraging behaviour of marine and terrestrial species from Argentina, Antarctica and New Zealand.

Dr Machovsky-Capuska is part of an international collaborative team led by Prof. David Raubenheimer working towards the application of the Right-angled Mixture Triangle (RMT models) as a framework for field biologists interested in nutritional ecology using marine predators, primates and common myna birds as a model system.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
21 November 2013

Catherine Suter Seminar title: Epigenetics, environment, and evolution.

If you've ever wanted to have the complexities of epigenetics explained in a clear and engaging way then you can't miss this talk!

Epigenetic mechanisms are fundamental to eukaryotic biology: they govern the use of the information encoded in DNA, and by allowing for selective expression of genes make it possible for an organism to use the same genome to create many very different cell types. The phenotype of an organism is thus largely based on epigenetic mechanisms, and aberrations in these mechanisms can create variation, and also cause disease. In this presentation I will discuss our contribution to understanding epigenetic variation, its inheritance, and its sensitivity to environmental factors such as nutrition, particularly as they relate to metabolic disease.

Associate Professor Cath Suter is an ARC Future Fellow and head of the Epigenetics Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. She was the first to describe germline epimutation in humans, and her major interest continues to be mammalian germline epigenetic phenomena and their inheritance. Her group focuses on the epigenetic contribution to phenotypic variation and disease risk, with a particular interest in the influence of early environmental factors on epigenetic inheritance.

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
27 November 2013

Associate Professor Peter Thomson will present :"Travels of a biometrician: some recent adventures in Pakistan and other places".


Esther Gwae Kimaro ( PhD Student) will present "An invitation to Tanzania: My Home Country".

Come and support ourfinal 2 speakers for season 2013!

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
28 November 2013

Guest Speaker:- Libby Eyre - Whale Conservation

This Collective Brainstorm event is entitled: Vexing Problems - Novel approaches   View Summary
28 November 2013

Everyone with an interest in infectious diseases is welcome. It also offers an opportunity to explore research Camden facilities and meet our veterinary colleagues.

The morning session will focus on "Antimicrobial Resistance" and the afternoon session on "Emerging infectious diseases".

Format:Short informal introductions will provide a brief overview of the field, emphasize recent advances and focus specifically on key challenges. This will be followed by open discussion and constructive debate from the floor, facilitated by the moderator.

Attendees are welcome to stay for one or both sessions. The tour of research facilities will commence at 1pm.

Who should attend: Anyone is welcome including students, health and public health practitioners (animal and human); basic scientists and other researchers. This is a multidisciplinary event and a variety of perspectives will be complementary.

Registration and RSVP: Please RVSP to by 21 November 2013.
For catering purposes please let us know if you will be attending both sessions or just the morning or afternoon session.