Dr Sabrina Lomax

BAnVetBioSc (Hons1); PhD;
Research Fellow

C04B - M C Franklin - Laboratory Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1713
Fax +61 2 4655 2374

Biographical details

Sabrina’s family agricultural background led to her interest in animal health and production. She completed her PhD in 2011 examining topical anaesthesia for painful livestock husbandry procedures. Her post-doctoral research with the FAVPH group examined novel methods of pain assessment and alleviation, and focused on improving the welfare of extensively farmed livestock

Sabrina has recently joined the Dairy Science Group, as a research fellow focusing on the Rural R&D for Profit project “Enhancing the profitability and productivity of livestock farming through virtual herding technology”. The collaborative project aims to evaluate the on-farm application of virtual fencing (VF) technology, demonstrate its implementation, and quantify and extend its benefits across the major livestock industries in Australia.

Research interests

  • Advanced livestock systems
  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Development of meat quality and production systems for a dairy beef industry
  • The impact of technology on animal behaviour and welfare for improved sustainability
  • The use of data and technology to develop a better understanding of farm animal welfare in both intensive and extensive livestock systems

Teaching and supervision

Ruminant husbandry, behaviour, welfare and production; advanced livestock systems

Current research students

Project title Research student
The use of Electroencephalography as a measure of pain and analgesia in sheep Charissa HARRIS
Practical pain management during invasive husbandry procedures performed on extensively raised beef cattle Dominique MCCARTHY

Current projects

  • Enhancing the profitability and productivity of livestock farming through virtual herding technology – Rural R&D for Profit (Commonwealth Government)
  • Pain management during aversive procedures in extensively raised beef cattle – Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Promoting welfare solutions for Australian merinos; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Research and Development
  • Infra-red thermography and radio frequency identification for detection of stress in lairage – Australian Meat Processor Corporation

Associations

  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
  • International Society for Applied Ethology

In the media

Dr Sabrina Lomax from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC New England North West about lamb tartar

2012

ABC's Landline interviewed Sabrina and her team during a research trial examining novel methods for peri-operative analgesia during castration and tail-docking in sheet

Sep 2011

Stock & Land rural press feature articles on pain management for sheep husbandry procedures

July 2011

Selected grants

2015

  • Promoting welfare solutions for Australian Merinos; White P, Lomax S; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Research and Development.
  • Infra-red thermography and radio frequency identification for detection of stress in lairage; Gonzalez L, White P, McGreevy P, Lomax S; Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd/Research and Development Grant.

2014

  • Assessment and amelioration of pain for improved welfare during routine husbandry procedures in piglets.; Lomax S, White P, Windsor P, Cronin G; Australian Pork Limited/Research and Development.

2013

  • Pain management during aversive procedures in extensively raised beef cattle; Windsor P, White P, Lomax S; Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd/MLA Research Program.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2016). Effect of a topical anaesthetic formulation on the cortisol response to surgical castration of unweaned beef calves. Animal, 10(1), 150-156. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Windsor, P., Harris, C., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Effect of Topically Applied Anaesthetic Formulation on the Sensitivity of Scoop Dehorning Wounds in Calves. PloS One, 11(9), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Espinoza, C., McCarthy, D., White, P., Windsor, P., Lomax, S. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of a topical anaesthetic formulation and ketoprofen, alone and in combination, on the pain sensitivity of dehorning wounds in Holstein-Friesian calves. Animal Production Science, 56(9), 1512-1519. [More Information]
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Progress in pain management to improve small ruminant farm welfare. Small Ruminant Research, 142, 55-57. [More Information]
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S. (2013). Addressing welfare concerns in control of ovine cutaneous myiosis in sheep in Australia. Small Ruminant Research, 110(2-3), 165-169. [More Information]
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2013). Duration of action of a topical anaesthetic formulation for pain management of mulesing in sheep. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91(4), 160-167. [More Information]
  • Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2013). The effect of a topical anesthetic on the sensitivity of calf dehorning wounds. Journal of Dairy Science, 96(5), 2894-2902. [More Information]
  • Lomax, S., Dickson, H., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). Topical anaesthesia alleviates short-term pain of castration and tail docking in lambs. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88(3), 67-74. [More Information]
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2009). Anaesthesia for livestock husbandry procedures - An Australian perspective. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 112, 153.
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2009). Use of local anaesthesia for pain management during husbandry procedures in Australian sheep flocks. Small Ruminant Research, 86(1-3), 56-58. [More Information]
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2008). Impact of topical anaesthesia on pain alleviation and wound healing in lambs after mulesing. Australian Veterinary Journal, 86(5), 159-168. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Lomax, S., McCarthy, D., White, P. (2016). Comparing the effects of intranasal and intramuscular administration of xylazine on the pain response of calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Efficacy of a topical anaesthetic (TA) and a buccal non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief of surgically castrated calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • Harris, C., White, P., Lomax, S. (2016). Electroencephalography for assessing pain and analgesia in sheep. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Novel methods to alleviate the peri-operative and post-operative pain of amputation dehorning in beef calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). The effect of a topical anaesthetic and a buccal non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug on inflammation, wound healing and average daily gain of surgically castrated calves. UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, UK: International Animal Welfare Science Society.
  • Harris, C., McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). The Effect Of Topical Anaesthetic On The Sensitivity Of Scoop Dehorning Wounds In Beef Calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • Lomax, S., White, P., Harris, C. (2016). Topical anaesthesia reduces wound sensitivity following castration in piglets. UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, UK: International Animal Welfare Science Society.
  • McCarthy, D., Harris, C., Lomax, S., White, P. (2015). The effect of topical anaesthetic on the sensitivity of dehorning wounds and the effect of topical anaesthetic in combination with meloxicam on the cortisol response to dehorning in unweaned beef calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Witenden, E., Windsor, P., White, P. (2015). Topical vapocoolant spray reduces perioperative pain of ear tagging and ear notching in calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.
  • McCarthy, D., White, P., Lomax, S. (2014). Effect of Topical Anaesthesia on the Cortisol Response of Beef Calves to Castration. World Buiatrics Congres, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • McCarthy, D., White, P., Lomax, S. (2014). Effect of Topical anaesthesia on the cortisol responses of beef calves to castration. XXVIII World Buiatrics Congress, Werribee: Australian Cattle Veterinarians A Special interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association Limited.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2014). Quantitative sensory testing for assessing wound pain and anaesthesia in livestock. Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • White, P., Lomax, S., Espinoza, C., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for Australian Merino Sheep husbandry-Recent Developments. 8th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Veterinary Association Inc.
  • White, P., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for Australian Merino sheep husbandry: recent developments. 8th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Veterinary Association Inc.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for mulesing: Update on research and development. International Wool Textile Organisation Congress, N/A: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2012). Pain management for mulesing: Update on research and development. Milano Unica International Textile Fair, N/A: N/A.
  • Windsor, P., Espinoza, C., Lomax, S. (2012). The Welfare Revolution of Topical Anaesthesia on Wool Sheep farms in Australia: Is there a Place for Xylazine &/or NSAID's. 94th District veterinarian's Conference, Wollongong: District veterinarian's association.
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2011). Topical anaesthesia for the amelioration of mulesing pain in sheep. 44th congress of the International Society for Applied Animal Ethology (ISAE), N/A: N/A.
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S., Sheil, M. (2011). Topical analgesia for pain management of husbandry procedures in Australian sheep flocks. 7th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, US: World Veterinary Association.
  • Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). Effect of topical anaesthesia on pain alleviation of calves post dehorning. 44th congress of the International Society for Applied Animal Ethology (ISAE), N/A: N/A.
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S., Espinoza, C., Sheil, M. (2010). Improving grazing livestock welfare at marking in Australia. 44th congress of the International Society for Applied Animal Ethology (ISAE), N/A: N/A.
  • Cronin, G., Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2010). Reducing pain associated with husbandry procedures in piglets. Animal Welfare Science Centre: Pig Welfare Seminar, Attwood, Australia: Animal Welfare Science Centre.
  • Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). The effectiveness of topical anaesthesia for alleviating the pain induced by dehorning in calves. 26th World Buiatrics Congress, N/A: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). Topical anaesthesia as a tool for improving the welfare of castrated calves. 26th World Buiatrics Congress, N/A: N/A.
  • Sheil, M., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2009). Topical analgesia for mulesing of Australian lambs. 7th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, US: World Veterinary Association.
  • Dickson, H., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., Sheil, M. (2008). Post castration and tail-docking pain alleviation in lambs. Australian Society for Animal Production annual conference. Australian Society for Animal Production annual conference (ASAP), N/A: N/A.
  • Dickson, H., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., Sheil, M. (2008). Post-castration and tail docking pain alleviation in lambs. 27th Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production 2008, Australia: The Australian Society of Animal Production Inc.
  • Sheil, M., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2008). Topical Analgesia for reducing pain in sheep husbandry. Australian Sheep Veterinary Society Annual Conference 2008, Australia: Australian Sheep Veterinary Society.
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2008). Topical Analgesia for reducing pain of castration and tail docking in sheep. Australian Sheep Veterinary Society Annual Conference 2008, Australia: Australian Sheep Veterinary Society.

2016

  • Lomax, S., McCarthy, D., White, P. (2016). Comparing the effects of intranasal and intramuscular administration of xylazine on the pain response of calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2016). Effect of a topical anaesthetic formulation on the cortisol response to surgical castration of unweaned beef calves. Animal, 10(1), 150-156. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Windsor, P., Harris, C., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Effect of Topically Applied Anaesthetic Formulation on the Sensitivity of Scoop Dehorning Wounds in Calves. PloS One, 11(9), 1-13. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Efficacy of a topical anaesthetic (TA) and a buccal non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief of surgically castrated calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • Harris, C., White, P., Lomax, S. (2016). Electroencephalography for assessing pain and analgesia in sheep. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • Espinoza, C., McCarthy, D., White, P., Windsor, P., Lomax, S. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of a topical anaesthetic formulation and ketoprofen, alone and in combination, on the pain sensitivity of dehorning wounds in Holstein-Friesian calves. Animal Production Science, 56(9), 1512-1519. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Novel methods to alleviate the peri-operative and post-operative pain of amputation dehorning in beef calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). Progress in pain management to improve small ruminant farm welfare. Small Ruminant Research, 142, 55-57. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). The effect of a topical anaesthetic and a buccal non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug on inflammation, wound healing and average daily gain of surgically castrated calves. UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, UK: International Animal Welfare Science Society.
  • Harris, C., McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., White, P. (2016). The Effect Of Topical Anaesthetic On The Sensitivity Of Scoop Dehorning Wounds In Beef Calves. Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Dublin: World Buiatrics Congress.
  • Lomax, S., White, P., Harris, C. (2016). Topical anaesthesia reduces wound sensitivity following castration in piglets. UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, UK: International Animal Welfare Science Society.

2015

  • McCarthy, D., Harris, C., Lomax, S., White, P. (2015). The effect of topical anaesthetic on the sensitivity of dehorning wounds and the effect of topical anaesthetic in combination with meloxicam on the cortisol response to dehorning in unweaned beef calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Witenden, E., Windsor, P., White, P. (2015). Topical vapocoolant spray reduces perioperative pain of ear tagging and ear notching in calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.

2014

  • McCarthy, D., White, P., Lomax, S. (2014). Effect of Topical Anaesthesia on the Cortisol Response of Beef Calves to Castration. World Buiatrics Congres, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • McCarthy, D., White, P., Lomax, S. (2014). Effect of Topical anaesthesia on the cortisol responses of beef calves to castration. XXVIII World Buiatrics Congress, Werribee: Australian Cattle Veterinarians A Special interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association Limited.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2014). Quantitative sensory testing for assessing wound pain and anaesthesia in livestock. Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

2013

  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S. (2013). Addressing welfare concerns in control of ovine cutaneous myiosis in sheep in Australia. Small Ruminant Research, 110(2-3), 165-169. [More Information]
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2013). Duration of action of a topical anaesthetic formulation for pain management of mulesing in sheep. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91(4), 160-167. [More Information]
  • White, P., Lomax, S., Espinoza, C., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for Australian Merino Sheep husbandry-Recent Developments. 8th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Veterinary Association Inc.
  • White, P., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for Australian Merino sheep husbandry: recent developments. 8th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Veterinary Association Inc.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for mulesing: Update on research and development. International Wool Textile Organisation Congress, N/A: N/A.
  • Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2013). The effect of a topical anesthetic on the sensitivity of calf dehorning wounds. Journal of Dairy Science, 96(5), 2894-2902. [More Information]

2012

  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2012). Pain management for mulesing: Update on research and development. Milano Unica International Textile Fair, N/A: N/A.
  • Windsor, P., Espinoza, C., Lomax, S. (2012). The Welfare Revolution of Topical Anaesthesia on Wool Sheep farms in Australia: Is there a Place for Xylazine &/or NSAID's. 94th District veterinarian's Conference, Wollongong: District veterinarian's association.

2011

  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2011). Topical anaesthesia for the amelioration of mulesing pain in sheep. 44th congress of the International Society for Applied Animal Ethology (ISAE), N/A: N/A.
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S., Sheil, M. (2011). Topical analgesia for pain management of husbandry procedures in Australian sheep flocks. 7th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, US: World Veterinary Association.

2010

  • Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). Effect of topical anaesthesia on pain alleviation of calves post dehorning. 44th congress of the International Society for Applied Animal Ethology (ISAE), N/A: N/A.
  • Windsor, P., Lomax, S., Espinoza, C., Sheil, M. (2010). Improving grazing livestock welfare at marking in Australia. 44th congress of the International Society for Applied Animal Ethology (ISAE), N/A: N/A.
  • Cronin, G., Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2010). Reducing pain associated with husbandry procedures in piglets. Animal Welfare Science Centre: Pig Welfare Seminar, Attwood, Australia: Animal Welfare Science Centre.
  • Espinoza, C., Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). The effectiveness of topical anaesthesia for alleviating the pain induced by dehorning in calves. 26th World Buiatrics Congress, N/A: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Dickson, H., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). Topical anaesthesia alleviates short-term pain of castration and tail docking in lambs. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88(3), 67-74. [More Information]
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2010). Topical anaesthesia as a tool for improving the welfare of castrated calves. 26th World Buiatrics Congress, N/A: N/A.

2009

  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2009). Anaesthesia for livestock husbandry procedures - An Australian perspective. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 112, 153.
  • Sheil, M., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2009). Topical analgesia for mulesing of Australian lambs. 7th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, US: World Veterinary Association.
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2009). Use of local anaesthesia for pain management during husbandry procedures in Australian sheep flocks. Small Ruminant Research, 86(1-3), 56-58. [More Information]

2008

  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2008). Impact of topical anaesthesia on pain alleviation and wound healing in lambs after mulesing. Australian Veterinary Journal, 86(5), 159-168. [More Information]
  • Dickson, H., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., Sheil, M. (2008). Post castration and tail-docking pain alleviation in lambs. Australian Society for Animal Production annual conference. Australian Society for Animal Production annual conference (ASAP), N/A: N/A.
  • Dickson, H., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., Sheil, M. (2008). Post-castration and tail docking pain alleviation in lambs. 27th Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production 2008, Australia: The Australian Society of Animal Production Inc.
  • Sheil, M., Lomax, S., Windsor, P. (2008). Topical Analgesia for reducing pain in sheep husbandry. Australian Sheep Veterinary Society Annual Conference 2008, Australia: Australian Sheep Veterinary Society.
  • Lomax, S., Sheil, M., Windsor, P. (2008). Topical Analgesia for reducing pain of castration and tail docking in sheep. Australian Sheep Veterinary Society Annual Conference 2008, Australia: Australian Sheep Veterinary Society.

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