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Saving the Devil: New partnership between the Uni of Sydney and the Wildlife Conservation Fund   View Summary
23 January 2014

On 23 January at 6:30pm, the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund is hosting an evening with Professor Kathy Belov from the University of Sydney and members of her team. Kathy is one of Australia's favourite scientists and will be talking about how we can save the Tasmanian devil from extinction.

Tasmanian devils face extinction due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease, a cancer that has already resulted in the loss of 85% of our devils. Kathy and her team have identified that the best hope of saving our Tasmanian devils is to bring these animals into captivity, and breed them away from this disease. This insurance population of animals will then be used to repopulate the wild, once it is safe to do so.

The WILD LIFE Conservation fund is raising funds for Kathy's team to understand the genetic make-up of each individual devil within the insurance program. This will have a number of positive outcomes:

  • It will ensure we maintain genetic diversity within the program, which is vital to the long-term survival of the species.
  • We will be able to identify and match male and female devils for successful mate pairings.
  • Tasmanian devils and humans share 20,000 genes. The discoveries we make will also contribute towards the development of treatments against human and other animal cancers.

The evening will includethe auction ofa wonderful watercolour of Taz by Wanda Stafford and a sausage sizzle, so make sure you bring your friends and family for what is sure to be a great night!

Please pre-book, as space is limited. Email

Emerging Research Stars in the Faculty of Veterinary Science Showcase   View Summary
12 February 2014

Details shortly

Dr Robert Dixon Animal WElfare Memorial Symposium 2014   View Summary
24 March 2014

The Symposium will be a Question & Answer style format chaired by Dr Chris Degeling (Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine). There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Monday, 24 March 2014
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Webster Lecture Theatre
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive, Camperdown
University of Sydney
Key Participants in the discussion panel:
  • Ms Maryann Dalton,Pet Industry Association of Australia, Executive Officer
  • Dr Andrew Cornwell, MP,NSW Government's Companion Animal Taskforce, Chair
  • Dr Bidda Jones.RSPCA Australia, Chief Scientist
  • Prof Claire Wade,University of Sydney, Canine geneticist
  • Dr Linda Beer, Veterinarian and dog breeder
  • Prof Richard Malik,University of Sydney, Small animal specialist
  • Dr Karen Hedberg, Veterinarian, breeder, judge and Chair,Canine Health and Well-being Committee.

Dr Robert Dixon
Dr Robert Dixon

Robert Dixon graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with a BSc (Vet) degree before completing his BVSc degree in 1974. Robert completed his PhD in 1980 in New Zealand and returned to the University of Sydney in 1983 to take up an academic appointment within the Faculty of Veterinary Science. For many years Robert held the Faculty position of Sub-Dean Animal Welfare as well as serving on the University Animal Ethics Committee.

Robert impressed his friends and colleagues with his determination, passion, positive attitude and sense of humour as he battled with ill-health throughout his life.

Robert's email signature finished with a quote from Mohandas Gandhi -"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated".

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
27 March 2014

Another great double-bill seminar from two excellent PhD students from Rob Miller's lab in the Centre for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology at the University of New Mexico.

Katina Krasnec-A Novel Family of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I Genes in Marsupials and Monotremes.

Victoria Hansen -Immune regulation during pregnancy in a model marsupial, the gray short-tailed opossum Monodelphis domestica.

Katina Krasnec is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Rob Miller's lab at the University of New Mexico. Her research looks at a newly discovered group of MHC Class I genes that were uncovered using a novel search method that uses protein domain structures. These genes are specific to mammals but have only been found in marsupial and monotreme genomes and appear to be lost in eutherians. She will present the current state of analyses of this novel MHC gene family.

Tori Hansen is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Rob Miller's lab at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on the immunological interactions at the feto-maternal interface in marsupials, and investigates the evolution of viviparity in mammals. It has been suggested that lack of immune regulation during pregnancy may explain the evolution of short marsupial gestation times. This talk will highlight work comparing the transcriptomes of different stages of pregnancy in the model marsupial, the gray short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica, focusing on immune regulatory genes.

Camden Seminar Series    View Summary
27 March 2014

A/Professor Kendra Kerrisk from the Future Dairy research group

Presentation title:"Automatic Milking System - Why farmers are making the choice?"

Kendra will give us an update on robotic milking, the uptake across Australia, why farmer should or should not adopt the technology and what impact it is having on commercial farms. As the University of Sydney has taken the decision to invest in the technology it is timely for Kendra to give us the 'state of the nation' on all things robotics.

CPC Seminars    View Summary
1 April 2014

Professor David James: Systems Biology - what's all the fuss about?

Metabolic diseases comprise a growing list of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. These diseases are referred to as complex diseases because they are strongly heritable, yet unlike simple monogenic diseases, they are due to multiple mutations affecting many genes in the genome.

Another major factor in the emergence of these diseases is lifestyle, particularly excess calorie consumption and insufficient physical activity. This, combined with the concept that the genes are too hard to find, has given rise to the notion that we should collectively embark on a population-wide effort to encourage people to simply eat less and exercise more.

During this lecture, Professor David James will present information to show that a single ideal lifestyle for humans does not exist, due to genetic diversity. David will present what he believes to be one of the most challenging and intriguing problems in biology - dissecting the gene x environment interaction.

A case will be made that this is a classic systems biology problem requiring a combination of both large scale and focused studies in model systems as well as in humans. This represents one of the major future challenges for the Charles Perkins Centre.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
3 April 2014

Russell Kilbey:-Trapping wild horses in the Blue Mountains- A Humane Solution?

Russell Kilbey spent over 2 years filming the Wild Horse Management program in the Blue Mountains to make a feature documentary-The Man from Coxs River. This program is unique in Australia as there were no roads to access the trap yards . Wild animals had to be fed out and led out by horse. A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem.

The film investigates a number of important topics in a non judgmental way. The filmremarkablyseems to appeal to both bushwalking groups and horse lovers, two groups often diametrically opposed in views.

"I was completely amazed. It is a incredible powerful personal story."
Toby Creswell Writer, Editor and Film-maker

He will explain the program, it's logistic and WHS difficulties, take questions as well as showing some clips from this groundbreaking (literally) film.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
10 April 2014

Rebecca Spindler:- Jaguar Conservation

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
10 April 2014

Two fantastic speakers this week:-

Emma Dunston PhD Student from Charles Stuart University - Dr Greg Cronin will present : 'Assessment of functionality of captive-bred released prides of African lion'

Emma will give a brief presentation upon the research proposal of her research and some results from a pilot study conducted in August/September 2013. The aim of the research was to assess and compare captive bred prides which are released into fenced wild ecosystems, to wild prides. This was conducted by comparing various aspects of lion behaviour, including an activity budget, social interactions, hunting and territorial behaviours. The study also involves a boldness test and investigation into intra-pride dominance.

And we also welcome :- Ahmed Rabiee, The University of Wollongong- Dr. Jenny-Ann Toribio will present: 'Application of meta-analysis in animal health'

Ahmed will give a brief presentation upon the Quantitative reviews and meta-analysis methods and applications.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
17 April 2014

Carolyn Hogg:Protecting the Orange-bellied parrot from extinction.

Indigenous seminar series   View Summary
1 May 2014

Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission
Mick will talk about Achieving a One Health vision including the meaning of true reconciliation and the forthcoming opportunity to support and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our constitution.

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland and is the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. His term in this position commenced in February 2010. Mick has a long experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, having worked in remote, rural and urban environments throughout Australia for over 30 years. He has a strong record of achievement in implementing program and organisational reform and delivering strategic and sustainable results across the country. As Commissioner, Mick builds on this experience to advocate the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and then promote respect and understanding of these rights among the broader Australian community.

Indigenous seminar series   View Summary
8 May 2014

Mr Garry Cook, Businesses, Employment and Training Directorate of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC)

Garry will talk about Management of an Integrated Pastoral Business in Northern Australia, including the challenges of beef cattle production in that areaand the role and activities of the ILC to provide economic, environmental, social or cultural benefits for Indigenous people through assisting them to acquire and manage land.

Practitioner Evening - Urogenital Surgery   View Summary
14 May 2014

Laparoscopic Desexing - Dr Laurencie Brunel - Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Ectopic Ureters - Dr Mark Newman - Resident in Small Animal Surgery
Urethral Trauma - Dr Karl Mathis - Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Please RSVP by 12th May to

Indigenous seminar series   View Summary
15 May 2014

John will talk about Our knowledge-My knowledge: Towards an Intercultural Understanding and how Australian Indigenous knowledge is acquired through years of moving through the land, with much of it predicated on a foundation of kinship which includes both human and non-human kin.

A/Professor John Bradley is the Deputy Director of the Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University. He has been involved with Indigenous issues for the last 37 years. The bulk of his research has been undertaken with the Yanyuwa people in the Northern Territory. He has undertaken research in regards to Yanyuywa knowledge concerning dugong, marine turtle and dolphins. He has also been a senior anthropologist on two land claims under the Land Rights (NT) Act 1976, he has also been involved with local rangers groups working at the intersection of western and Indigenous ways of managing land and sea. He is the author of Singing Saltwater Country, a book that explores in depth the richness of Yanyuwa song line knowledge and in June this year is 37 years of Yanyuwa linguistic research will be published.

In many parts of Australia Indigenous knowledge is not free, it is multi-layered and is acquired through years of moving through the land. Unlike western knowledge much of the way of what the west calls Indigenous knowledge is predicated on a foundation of kinship which includes both human and non-human kin. This presentation will focus on the Yanyuwa people of the south west Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory where I have undertaken field work for over 30 years. This presentation will focus on how the land is the foundation for all kinds of knowledge, some of which western ways of knowledge would categorise as anthropology, biology and ecology, and yet for the Yanyuwa people such categories have little meaning. This presentation will track the ways that knowledge may be held on a day-to-day basis by way of key examples.

Honours Project Presentation   View Summary
15 May 2014

Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Origin:A Retrospective Study Examining the Clinicopathological. Features and Treatment Outcomes in a Cohort of 16 Australian Dogs.

Presentation by Beth Gillis

Indigenous seminar series   View Summary
16 May 2014

Dr Sophie Constable (former Faculty student), Mr Scott Spurling and Mr Dewayne Foster from Animal Management in Rural and Remote Communities (AMRRIC). Sophie, Scott and Dewayne will talk about Dog Health and Education Programs in Remote Communities. This will be a showcase of their work as Education and Animal Management officers and the place of vets in remote community animal health programs in remote Indigenous communities.

Scott and Dewayne live in Tennant Creek and this year became Animal Management Workers in a joint AMRRIC Barkly Regional Council training program. They work in remote communities across the Barkly region, a central Australian government region 320,00 square kilometres and home to over seven different languages. After graduating from Veterinary Science and a PhD at the University of Sydney, Sophie worked in practice and in suburban education programs, but became more and more involved with rural and remote animal health educations. She has been working in remote community dog health education for eight years, the past four with AMRRIC.

Sophie will talk about the place of vets in remote community animal health programs, in particular her job as Education Officer for AMRRIC. Scott and Dewayne from Barkly Regional Council will talk about their work as Indigenous Animal Management Workers.

Students are invited to come to the Vet lawns before the seminar (12-1pm) to discuss opportunities with AMRRIC. Vetsoc will be providing hotdogs for a gold coin donation.

Indigenous seminar series   View Summary
22 May 2014

Prof Michael Ward, Chair, Veterinary Public Health & Food Safety- Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney.

Michael will talk about Rabies in Australia. What would be the impact on our northern communities? He will discuss his recent research that involves studying the roaming behaviour of dogs In Indigenous communities to explore that question.

Veterinary Science Awards & Graduation Function   View Summary
23 May 2014
Veterinary Science Awards & Graduation Function
Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
29 May 2014

Seminar title: 'EcoLife' South Africa, 'Vets in the Wild' and 'Wildlife Conservation/Management' Practicum opportunities.

The Presentation will consist of an overview of the 'EcoLife' South Africa programs 'Vets in the Wild' and 'Wildlife Conservation/Management', a short video and student feedback from previous University of Sydney participants.
Under the auspice of University of Pretoria, South Africa, 'EcoLife' delivers a 22 day Expedition that is a hands on, in depth Practicum.
Students in a group of no more than 16 will have interaction with Lions, Elephants and specialized Reptile handling. Game Capture with Helicopter darting, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Wilderness Training are also part of the practicum.

Rangers, Veterinarians, Scientists, and Researchers who are actively involved in projects associated with Veterinary practices, Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation /Management in S. Africa are the instructors.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
5 June 2014

Oliver Manlik- will present: MHC diversity of one stable and one apparently declining population of bottlenose dolphins.

2014 JD Stewart Address   View Summary
6 June 2014

This year the JD Stewart lecture will be presented as part of the Faculty of Veterinary Science's Alumni Awards reception.

The JD Stewart lecturer for 2014 is Professor David Raubenheimer, who holds the Leonard P. Ullman Chair in Nutritional Ecology in the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science and School of Biological Sciences.

Download the invitation

The Alumni Awards and JD Stewart Address will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Dress for the evening is smart casual.

Registration is essential by Monday 2 June. Click here to register

Adventures in Nutritional Ecology

Professor David Raubenheimer
Professor David Raubenheimer

Food influences everything we do. Nutrients impact on just about every aspect of an animal's life, from reproduction to growth, resistance to disease, vulnerability to predators and, ultimately, lifespan. Find out from Professor Raubenheimer what nutritional ecologists are discovering as they investigate how nutrients influence the relationships between animals and their environment, from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.

Our relationship with food is complex, involving many nutrients, which interact in diverse ways in their influence on us. Hear about a new approach for disentangling the complex influences of nutrients on animals, as Professor Raubenheimer introduces the concept of nutritional geometry and shows how it applies to his own research and that of collaborators, to solve a range of problems in nutritional ecology.

Starting with examples from lab studies, and then showing how nutritional geometry has helped us to understand the behaviour of animals in the wild, including monkeys, baboons, gorillas and orangutans, Professor Raubenheimer will conclude by comparing the nutritional ecology of humans to these other primates. Discover how this new perspective can help us to understand why in recent years humans have accumulated levels of body fat unprecedented in history.


Professor James Douglas Stewart was the founding father of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. His celebrated working life was committed to advancing Veterinary Science and Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney and in Australia.

J D Stewart is remembered as an inspirational founding member of Australia's veterinary profession, and is honoured as the Faculty's first Dean through the annual JD Stewart Address.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
12 June 2014

Nadine Fiani will present:-

Clinicopathological Study of Odontogenic Tumors and Focal Fibrous Hyperplasia in Dogs.

The purpose of this study was to investigate clinicopathological characteristics of two common odontogenic tumors, canine acanthomatous ameloblastoma (CAA) and peripheral odontogenic fibroma (POF), as well as focal fibrous hyperplasia (FFH) in the dog. Breed, age, sex and location of the lesion in the oral cavity were obtained from medical records, and H&E stained sections of each lesion were examined by three of the authors to confirm the diagnoses. Statistical analyses were applied to 68 CAA, 47 POF and 24 FFH. The distribution of the three most common lesions within the oral cavity was significantly different; CAA was most common in the rostral mandible, POF and FFH in the rostral maxilla. With respect to sex predilection, males and females were found to be equally represented for CAA and FFH. Castrated males are more predisposed to POF. Golden retrievers, Akitas, cocker spaniels, and Shetland sheep dogs were overrepresented for CAA, as compared to the breed distribution of the hospital population. No breed predisposition was noted for FFH or POF. Dogs with FFH presented at a greater mean age than dogs with CAA or POF. In conclusion CAA, POF and FFH display clinicopathological patterns that may help clinicians and pathologists differentiate these lesions more readily.
Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
19 June 2014

Garry Meyers will present "Chlamydia/pathogen genomics"

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
26 June 2014

This week we have two speakers from Macquarie Uni who have been doing some fascinating research into both devil and dingo vocal communication:

Kelly Davis - Speak of the devil :- With their blood-curling screams shattering the otherwise peaceful Tasmanian night, the Tasmanian Devil is more often heard than seen. Despite being known and named for their distinctive calls, very little is known about the details of their vocal communication.

Kelly Davis started working with devils as a park ranger, and has since become increasingly fascinated with the animals. She is now investigating their vocalisations and social behaviour as a Masters of Research student. Kelly will be talking about individually distinct calls and appeasement signalling in devils; questioning whether they really are the cranky, anti-social scavengers we think them to be.

Éloïse Déaux - Dingo howls: A tool for conservation? Growing up in rural France, Éloïse Déaux was set upon understanding the meaning of wolves' howls. After coming to Australia to pursue a degree in animal behaviour, she decided that dingoes were an even better native substitute as research into their behaviour and communication was sorely lacking. Fascinated by the tension and conflict in dingo-human relations, her PhD naturally evolved into combining her passion for canid communication with real-life applications of that knowledge for conservation and management purposes.

Éloïse will talk about dingo vocal communication, with an emphasis on howl vocalisations, and their potential application for population monitoring.

It's not just noise...Macquarie Universities' Animal Communication and Conservation labgroup focuses on the form and function of non-human animal communication - particularly aspects of alarm calling, food calling, acoustic signatures, contact calls and the role of vocalisations in social transmission of information - and how this may be actively applied to conservation. Understanding communication to this level not only sheds light on critical aspects of a species' evolution and biology but it can also be an invaluable tool to aid in conservation, management, and species' preservation.

The group concentrates on highly social species - for example, Dr Jennifer Clarke (Principal Investigator) is working on vocalisations in elk and bison; and Tim Pearson is studying communication in flying-foxes. Other current study species include tigers, Tasmanian devils, and dingoes. In addition, the group is attempting to build a comprehensive acoustic library of the vocal repertoires (with behavioural contexts) of native Australian mammals, with the ultimate aim ofdeveloping an online database to promote the use of these recordings for conservation, education and scientific research

Camden Seminar Series   View Summary
3 July 2014

Peter Thomson will be presenting:- 'R you able to do genomics analysis without R?'.

Peter will be giving a talk on the application of the statistical program 'R' in genomics and if time permits he has offered to run a Q & A Session to answer all your 'R' related questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about statistical procedures which as we all know is extremely vital to research!!!!
2014 Partners in Veterinary Education Conference   View Summary
17 July 2014 to 18 July 2014

Essential Skills for Practice Success: Keeping your practice on the Sharp Edge of the Educational Roundabout

In response to requests from many practitioners, we have created a program aimed at addressing some of the new challenges in veterinary practice. Hopefully, in reading the outline of this program, you will see presentations that will address challenges in your practice, not only in terms of hosting undergraduate students but in ensuring the members of your team are working in an environment that optimises the outcomes of the team. We have incorporated some real and common challenges that practitioners have shared with us in feedback. There should be something for everyone in the practice at this year's conference.

We are fortunate to have Professor John August from Texas A & M University, who is this year's Evelyn Williams Visiting Scholar, and Emeritus Professor Paul Canfield as key note speakers. Both are eminent clinical scholars in their own fields and both boast a keen and proven track record in teaching and mentoring junior clinical veterinarians over many years.

Once again, there is no cost to our Partners in Veterinary Education to attend this conference or dinner. Last year's dinner was a notable event and this year's dinner and after dinner speaker should be a gold medal winner with a few surprises thrown in along the way. We are particularly grateful to our major sponsor Provet who have been supporting us from the very first conference in 2003 and to our other generous sponsors Hill's Pet Nutrition, Royal Canin and IDEXX.

This year the conference has boldly gone where no other veterinary conference has gone and the Faculty and Sponsors challenge you to move outside your comfort zone to enter an ethereal world where satisfaction and pride come from inspiring others to achieve their best.

Professor Andrew Dart
Veterinary Student Internship Program Coordinator

Camden Seminar Series- Double Edition!   View Summary
17 July 2014
Katherine Ashley, presenting a talk as part of her PhD at The University of Sydney 'The Socio-Economic Impact of Improved Forage Availability and Animal Health Knowledge on Cattle Production in Cambodia'. Whilst smallholder livestock extension programs have been shown to improve farmer engagement and animal production traits, the socio-economic impact of these interventions has yet to be fully investigated. This study looks at the results of a socio-economic survey conducted in rural Cambodia in 2012 where smallholder cattle production farmers involved in an ACIAR funded project were interviewed at the end of a 5 year extension program to determine improvements to farmer income and time savings as a result of project involvement. Dr. Russell Bush, Senior Lecturer in Livestock Production,will be presenting a talk titled:'Engaging smallholder large ruminant producers to improve food security: lessons from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Pakistan' Smallholder livestock extension programs improve farmer engagement and contribute to improved food security. The successful introduction of multiple interventions, including participatory training, has resulted in measurable gains in beef (kg/head and ADG) and milk production (L/head) in the Mekong and Pakistan respectively.
Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
31 July 2014
Mini Singh:" Are we turning chickens into cows! Implications of pasture consumption and range access in free range poultry".

Free-range broilers and layers are less efficient converters of feed into saleable meat and eggs and generally have higher mortality than conventionally-reared poultry. Access to range and pasture consumption could be contributing to the relatively poor performance of free-range poultry in Australia. The talk will explore these factors and their effects on performance and other parameters in free-range poultry.

Salome Durr:"Epidemic model for rabies outbreak in northern Australia - structure and preliminary results".

With our project we aim to explore the potential spread of rabies in domestic dogs in Aboriginal and Indigenous communities in northern Australia. We collected data on the roaming behaviour of dogs in northern remote communities and developed a model simulating the spread of rabies in this region. Preliminary results of models output will be presented.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
31 July 2014
Professor John August visiting from Texas A&M University.

Seminar title: 'Preparing a lecture for today's students'

Today's learners expect an educational experience that is relevant, interactive, and entertaining. As future or new faculty members, how do we prepare a presentation that engages the audience, maintains interest, and achieves the desired learning outcomes in this age of short attention spans?

Prof. John August joined Texas A&M University as professor and head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and was deputy dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Since 1997, Dr. August has held the appointment of professor of Feline Internal Medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. His professional interests include upper respiratory and oral diseases of cats, and education technology.

Ian Beveridge Memorial Lecture 2014   View Summary
1 August 2014
Bartonellosis: One health perspectives on an emerging infectious disease

Bartonellosis is a zoonotic infectious disease of worldwide distribution, caused by an expanding number of recently discovered Bartonella species. Bartonella spp. are transmitted by several arthropod vectors, including fleas, lice, sand flies and ticks. Prior to 1990, there was only one named Bartonella species (B. bacilliformis), whereas there are now over 30 species, of which 17 have been associated with an expanding spectrum of animal and human diseases. In Professor Ed Breitschwerdt's first lecture in Australia, find out how advances in diagnostic techniques have facilitated documentation of chronic bloodstream infections with Bartonella species in healthy and sick animals, and in immunocompetent and immunocompromised human patients.

The field of Bartonella research remains in its infancy and is rich in questions, for which patient-relevant answers are badly needed. Hear how directed Bartonella research could substantially reduce animal and human suffering, which is seemingly associated with chronic debilitating disease processes. Professor Ed Breitschwerdt will emphasise the medical importance of Bartonella species as a cause of disease in animals and human patients and the benefits of using a One Health approach to this emerging infectious disease.Professor Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM, is Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, College of Veterinary Medicine North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Emeritus Professor William Ian Beveridge

Emeritus Professor William Ian Beveridge was an alumnus of the University of Sydney, graduating in 1931. He began his research career at McMaster Laboratory, CSIR, shortly afterwards supervised by Professor R H Carne. Remarkably, within a few years he had found the bacterium responsible for footrot of sheep and set the principles for its control and eradication. He was later awarded a DVSc for this research. During World War II he worked on influenza and other diseases at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. In 1947 he became Professor of Animal Pathology at Cambridge and there and later in the WHO, developed and promoted the concept of "comparative (one) medicine". In 1972 Professor Beveridge published a book, Frontiers in Comparative Medicine, outlining his views in this area of "one medicine".

5pm - 7.30pm
including a cocktail reception
Webster Lecture Theatre
Veterinary Science Conference Centre,
The University of Sydney


Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
7 August 2014
Alysia Parker: An overview of Mycoplasma spp infection in the dairy industry.

Juan Molfino: Impact of Automatic Milking System (AMS) on labour and lifestyle on commercial farms in Australia.

Sydney Lunchtime Seminar   View Summary
7 August 2014
This week our speakers:- A/Prof. Guy Lyons from the Faculty of Medicine,/B> and A/Prof. Mary Myerscough from the School of Mathematics.

Seminar title: 'Cooperation in cancer and on campus'

The development of cancer and its response to treatments are evolutionary processes. The cells of cancers and the cells that give rise to them acquire mutations and are under selection pressures, which drives the adaptation of the population to behaviours that enable uncontrolled proliferation and dissemination. The mutations also produce genetic heterogeneity, and studies of malignant tumours have shown that they are frequently genetically and morphologically heterogeneous. This gives rise to the potential for symbiotic interactions to occur, as happen in other evolving systems, and we have been exploring the potential for these to occur early in the carcinogenesis process. One such symbiotic relationship is cooperation, in which phenotypically distinct cells mutually enhance their malignant properties when they are in close proximity. We are particularly interested in the interactions that occur between cells that express proliferation-promoting genes and other cells that express genes that promote motility and invasion. We will present data and results from computational models that suggest that evolution through cooperative clones is a possible and, indeed, likely path to malignancy in epithelial tissues.

Practitioners Evening - Surgery   View Summary
13 August 2014
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture In Small Breed Dogs Professor Kenneth Johnson - Professor in Orthopaedics

Intraarticular Injections For The Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Dr Katja Voss - Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Neutraceuticals In Osteoarthritis Management Dr Alastair Franklin - Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
14 August 2014
Prof. John August from Texas A & M University. Seminar title: 'Mentoring the next generation of faculty members' Graduate students and early-career faculty members benefit greatly from effective mentoring from strong role models. How do we assume this essential responsibility? A mentoring model will be discussed that can be implemented in academic departments for the professional development of the next generation of faculty members.
Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
14 August 2014
PhD student, Alysia Parker presenting a talk titled: 'An overview of Mycoplasma spp infection in the dairy industry'

Alysia started her PhD in January 2014 looking at Mycoplasma spp infection in the dairy industry which is re-emerging as a disease often affecting larger dairy farms in Australia. The clinical presentation may include Mastitis, Pneumonia (calves), Lameness/Tenosynovitis (adults and calves), Otitis media interna (calves), Endometritis, Abortion and mortality. Today she will be giving an overview of this issue with a focus on diagnostic tools available and then discuss where my PhD fits in with all of this as well as some results so far.

Juan Molfino (AMS) for Future Dairy, presenting a talk titled: 'Impact of Automatic Milking System (AMS) on labour and lifestyle on commercial farms in Australia'.

Labour and lifestyle benefits top the list of reasons why dairy farmers are adopting automatic milking systems (AMS). In 2013 and the first part of 2014 we conducted labour and lifestyle audits on five commercial AMS farms in Australia and we created five Labour Case Studies that will be presented on Thursday.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
21 August 2014
Prof. Jo Price - 'Rutting stags, toothless cats, ageing people, lame horses and grumpy vet students: tales from a career in veterinary research'
Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
22 August 2014
Prof. Jo Price from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science. Seminar title: 'Rutting stags, toothless cats, ageing people, lame horses and grumpy vet students: tales from a career in veterinary research'

In her seminar Professor Price will give an overview of her rather eclectic career pathway and her past and ongoing research. She will also explain how the veterinary programme is organised at Bristol and is happy to answer questions on any subject.

Prof. Jo Price is Dean of the Bristol Veterinary School and Department of Veterinary Clinical Services and a research expert on the functional adaptation and regeneration of bone in humans and animals. Professor Price was previously Head of the Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, University of London. In that appointment her research interests include mechanically related functional adaptation in bone, which is significant primarily in human osteoporosis, the biology of antler regeneration in deer, the potential application(s) of bone biomarkers in horses as predictors of fracture, and the epidemiology of equine musculoskeletal injuries particularly the genetics of fracture and tendon injury. Prof. Price has been leading the Bristol transition to operating their veterinary teaching hospital as a corporate entity, and has immense experience in successfully navigating the teaching, accreditation, service and research challenges with this change.

Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
28 August 2014
Jenna Lowe:'Involvement of lipid metabolism during in vitro maturation of porcine oocytes'

Diana Jaramillo-Martinez:'Observations on age dependency of Viral Nervous Necrosis and implications for disease control'.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
28 August 2014
Dr. Ros Bathgate

Seminar title: 'Research integrity: a reminder of responsibilities'

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the policies and codes of conduct that surround research at the university. Come and be involved in a discussion about where to find out what you need to know and things that you may need to do to comply with these codes and policies.

Camden Seminar Series -Double Presentations   View Summary
11 September 2014
Ashleigh Wildridge presents:

Improving cow wellbeing and productivity on pasture based automatic milking systems.

Technology in the dairy industry has moved forward in leaps and bounds over the last 20 years or so, particularly with the introduction of automatic milking. My PhD will be researching different aspects of automatic milking systems with the aim of improving the use of infrastructure and technology to improve cow wellbeing and productivity.

Alex John presents:

Determining pasture management systems (timing, quantity and distance) to optimise robot utilisation in automatic milking systems.

Achieving a high level of voluntary cow traffic in a pasture based automatic milking system can be as simple as allocating the right quantities of pasture at the right time. We will show that high levels of voluntary traffic can be achieved and what we are doing to better understand the system.

Sydney Seminar Series - Double presentaitons!   View Summary
11 September 2014
Seminar title:"Opportunities for village chicken production to contribute to improved human nutrition" - Johanna Wong

Since the concept of food security was first constructed in 1974, interventions aimed at improving food security in developing countries have largely focused on increasing cereal production. While this may have led to increases in cereal consumption, huge burdens of undernutrition remain, as the immediate requirements of an adequate diet and lack of disease have not been met. So what is an adequate diet, and how can we continue to shift towards interventions that are nutrition-sensitive? This talk explores the role of animal source foods in the diets of those living in developing countries, with specific focus on Timor-Leste - one of Australia's closest neighbours, where one in two children suffer from chronic undernutrition. The potential for village poultry to meet some of the dietary deficiencies will also be discussed.

Seminar title: "Efficient, ethical approaches to improving food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa" - Julia de Bruyn

The recent Crawford Fund Parliamentary Conference (Ethics, Efficiency and Food Security: Feeding the 9 Billion, Well) explored the challenge of improving food and nutrition security, to meet the demands of a growing population. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people affected by hunger has been disappointing in sub-Saharan Africa, where levels of childhood stunting (low height for age) have remained unchanged at around 40% since 1990. In developing countries, community-based Newcastle disease vaccination programs have the potential to reduce mortality among village poultry. It is proposed that the resultant increase in chicken numbers will improve people's access to highly nutritious animal-source foods, with particular relevance to young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women. This presentation discusses initial experiences of baseline data collection in central Tanzania, as part of a One Health project which seeks to develop sustainable and culturally-appropriate approaches to improving food and nutrition security.

Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
25 September 2014
Dr. Jeff Downing will be presenting a talk on "Lactational anoestrus in the sow. Is the DOGMA right?"

Rachel D'Arcy Presenting a talk on "Chronic kidney disease in zoo felids. Patterns from the past and observations from the present."

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in zoo felids. Rachel D'Arcy is halfway through her PhD investigating CKD in non-domestic felids in Australia zoos. She will be presenting her findings from her prospective study "Using voided urine to monitor Kidney Function in Taronga Zoo felids", and also practicing her10 minute presentation on a "Histopathological review of kidney lesions in zoo felids 1988-2013 (25 years)" that she will deliver to the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology conference in Adelaide in October.

Sydney Seminar Series   View Summary
25 September 2014
Double Feature this week. PhD Student Portia Westall will present Genome-wide SNP and population genetics of platypuses from across Australia

Platypus are an iconic Australian species and are the subject of an international collaboration to increase our understanding of this fascinating species. Our knowledge about platypuses is limited compared to other endemic Australian species and we know even less about their population structure and genetic history. Platypuses have generally "swum under the radar" for research and management, however, their populations are now being challenged. Predicted increases in ambient temperatures in northern Australia are a significant risk to survival of northern platypus populations. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence of decreasing populations across their range and ongoing issues with anthropological impacts through activities like yabby fishing make it pertinent that we greatly develop our understanding of the species. This talk explores what we presently know about platypus genetics and how the current study will greatly increase our knowledge in this area to better inform future management and enhance our understanding of Australian biodiversity.

Followed by a presentation from Dr Alex Chaves

Indigenous seminars at the Faculty of Veterinary Science - Leah Armstrong   View Summary
9 October 2014

With the support of the DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services, and with organisation by Dr Jaime Gongora (Sub-Dean Indigenous Strategy), the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney is hosting a third series of seminars on Indigenous knowledge and practices, research, cultural competence and programs in relation to land management, animal welfare, and animal health in Indigenous communities.

These talks will be presented during the weekly Faculty seminar series at the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC, Camperdown) between 1-2 pm on October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Oct 9, Leah Armstrong

Reconciliation and how we are building an inclusive culture in our workplaces, universities and communities.

Leah is the CEO of Reconciliation Australia and a fellow of the University of Sydney Senate.

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Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
9 October 2014
Matt Johansen Will be presenting a talk on : 'The role of cholesterol in Johne's Disease'

'Johne's Disease (JD) is a chronic granulomatous enteritis which affects a large number of agriculturally significant ruminant species such as cattle ,sheep and goats. This disease, caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), is typically associated with a subclinical disease period which can extend for months to potentially years. My presentation will cover the work l previously completed in my honours year as well as my current PhD project which is looking at the importance of cholesterol for the intracellular survival of the bacterium and the implications associated with disease pathogenesis.

Kamal Acharya Presenting a talk on 'Disseminated Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis infection' I will be giving an overview of my PhD with some preliminary results regarding Estimation of sensitivity and specificity of a real-time PCR and ELISA for Johne's disease in cattle using gold and non-gold standard approaches.

Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards at UVTHS and UVTHC   View Summary
10 October 2014
"Learn about Vets Australia"

Presented by Dr. Megan Lui BVSc (Hons) Veterinary Operations Manager, Companion Animals & Equine

Medicine Practitioner Evening    View Summary
15 October 2014
Chronic Rhinitis - Diagnosis & Therapy Infectious Diseases

Chronic Rhinitis - Diagnosis & Therapy A/Professor Vanessa Barrs BSc(Hons) MVetclinStud FANZCVSc (Feline Medicine) Feline Medicine Specialist

When Harry met Amanda - IMHA and Infection Dr Amanda Taylor BVSc(Hons) MANZCVSc (Small Animal Medicine) Small Animal Medicine Resident

Indigenous seminars at the Faculty of Veterinary Science - Layla Schrieber   View Summary
16 October 2014

With the support of the DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services, and with organisation by Dr Jaime Gongora (Sub-Dean Indigenous Strategy), the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney is hosting a third series of seminars on Indigenous knowledge and practices, research, cultural competence and programs in relation to land management, animal welfare, and animal health in Indigenous communities.

These talks will be presented during the weekly Faculty seminar series at the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC, Camperdown) between 1-2 pm on October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Oct 16, Layla Schrieber

Cultural competency while conducting scientific research in an Aboriginal Australian community; lessons learnt.

Layla is a Faculty of Veterinary Science Alumni and has conducted scientific research in Indigenous communities.

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Indigenous seminars at the Faculty of Veterinary Science - Trevor Leaman   View Summary
23 October 2014

With the support of the DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services, and with organisation by Dr Jaime Gongora (Sub-Dean Indigenous Strategy), the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney is hosting a third series of seminars on Indigenous knowledge and practices, research, cultural competence and programs in relation to land management, animal welfare, and animal health in Indigenous communities.

These talks will be presented during the weekly Faculty seminar series at the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC, Camperdown) between 1-2 pm on October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Oct 23, Trevor Leaman

The Seven Sisters are rising; the dingoes now have pups! - A link between animal breeding cycles and Aboriginal Astronomy?

Trevor is a researcher at the Wiradjuri Cultural Astronomy Project, UNSW.

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Camden Seminar Series - Double Presentations!   View Summary
23 October 2014
Dr. David Phalen

Investigations into the Etiology of Clench Claw Syndrome in Rainbow Lorikeets.

Kamal Acharya

Disseminated Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis infection.

Kamal will be giving an overview of my PhD with some preliminary results regarding Estimation of sensitivity and specificity of a real-time PCR and ELISA for Johne's disease in cattle using gold and non-gold standard approaches.

Indigenous seminars at the Faculty of Veterinary Science - Jimmy Richards   View Summary
30 October 2014

With the support of the DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services, and with organisation by Dr Jaime Gongora (Sub-Dean Indigenous Strategy), the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney is hosting a third series of seminars on Indigenous knowledge and practices, research, cultural competence and programs in relation to land management, animal welfare, and animal health in Indigenous communities.

These talks will be presented during the weekly Faculty seminar series at the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC, Camperdown) between 1-2 pm on October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Oct 30, Jimmy Richards

Protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and understanding how Indigenous People see the landscape and environment.

Jimmy is a Senior Ranger with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

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Postgraduate Research Conference   View Summary
5 November 2014 to 6 November 2014
Conference aims:-

The Faculty of Veterinary Science Postgraduate conference is designed to encourage and enhance presentation skills of our postgraduate students. This is a forum where students showcase their research in front of an informed and enthusiastic audience; it is an opportunity for students to display posters they may have presented at national and international conferences throughout the previous year. The Postgraduate conference offers collaboration, networking and opportunities to learn about the excellence in research currently being conducted at the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

Who should attend?

It is compulsory that all postgraduate students enrolled in the Faculty attend and present their work. Where possible undergraduate students, technical staff and supervisors are all welcome to attend and offer their support to conference presenters.

Challenging Orthopaedic Problems in Practice   View Summary
8 December 2014
'Total Hip Replacement in Dogs' Professor Kenneth Johnson - Professor in Orthopaedics

Kenneth is a graduate of the University of Sydney where he also completed his Masters and PhD degrees on arthrodesis and bone marrow stem cell, in addition to development to locked nailing techniques. After completing a residency in surgery at Colorado State University, he later held academic appointments at University of Wisconsin, University of Bristol, and Ohio State University. Research on osteoarthritis, locked nailing of fractures, greyhound stress fractures and locking implants are among his interests. He served as President of AOVET, and is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications, 30 book chapters, as well as several books including the new fifth edition of "Piermattei's Surgical Approaches to Bones and Joints". In addition he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Just recently he was given the WSAVA/Hills Pet mobility award for his contributions to clinical research in orthopaedics in dogs and cats.

'Elbows Made Easy(er)' Dr Alex Young - Specialist in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging

A 2004 University of Sydney graduate, Alex has returned to Sydney after 6 years of imaging training at the University of California, Davis. Originally an equine veterinarian, Alex spent her first 2 years in the USA training in Large Animal Ultrasound before embarking on a 4 year radiology training program. She became a specialist radiologist and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2013. Although trained as a veterinary radiologist for all species, Alex's primary interest remains musculoskeletal imaging. She thoroughly enjoys training practitioners in advanced ultrasound techniques, and has regularly worked as an ultrasound workshop demonstrator at the largest veterinary conferences in America and Australia. Alex is excited about the opportunity to continue this educational role through her new position at The University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospitals.

'Bone Tumours - Management Options' Dr Peter Bennett - Clinical Specialist in Oncology & Small Animal Medicine

Peter is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and after a period in general practice he underwent training in Small Animal Internal Medicine based in New Zealand and the USA and then undertook additional training in Oncology at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College in Canine Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology. He is a long term tutor in the DE course in Medical Oncology for CVE and also the MVM program at Massey University. As a Clinical Specialist in Oncology and Small Animal Medicine at the UVTHS, he has an interest in improving and prolonging the quality of life for canine and feline cancer patients. Peter also took up this role to improve the education of future veterinarians in the area of oncology.