2013 Post Graduate Conference Program

Wednesday 6th November 2013

WELCOME - Opened by: The Dean, Prof Rosanne Taylor 9.15 - 9.25am

Concurrent Session 1a - LKCC

First Surname Title Time
Sonia Liu Dynamics of starch and nitrogen digestion influence feed conversion efficiency in broiler chickens  9.30
Jenna Lowe Lipid and carbohydrate metabolism during in vitro culture of porcine embryos 9.46
Alan Marcus  Prevalence and intensity of haematophagous hookworm (Uncinaria sp.) in Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) pups 10.02
Victoria Brookes Stakeholder directed risk analysis for exotic disease surveillance 10.18
Benjamin Kimble  In vitro hepatic microsomal metabolism of meloxicam in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), rats (Rattus norvegicus), and dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) 10.34
Ellen McDonald Lactational oestrus can be induced using piglet separation and/or boar exposure in multiparous commercial breeding sows 10.50

Concurrent Session 1b - GTB Room 104

First Surname Title Time
Rachel Ang  Characterisation of signals of selective sweeps in Thoroughbred horses 9.30
Jessie Maddison  Assessment of cervical mucus; throughout the oestrous cycle, following exogenous hormone treatment, and the penetration of spermatozoa 9.41
Mel Boot  The impact of rider technique and training apparatus on the welfare of horses 9.52
Sally Mortlock  Lymphoma in Australian Bullmastiffs 10.03
Ashlie Kelsall  Optimising an everted gut sac model (in the rat initially), to investigate drug absorption across the gastrointestinal tract in marsupials 10.14
Esther Kimaro  Climate Change and epidemiology of cattle vector-borne diseases in Tanzania 10.25
Geoffrey Nicolson  Measuring cardiac biomarkers to better understand and treat canine tick paralysis 10.36
Caroliine Marschner The koala’s adaptations to Eucalyptus plants 10.47
Cate Webb Vetcompass australia – surveillance of disorders in australian dogs and cats using electronic patient records 10.58

MORNING TEA - 11.05 - 11.25am

2a - LKCC 11.30am - 1.00

Celebrity Panel:Dr Stuart Wilkinson, emcee

LUNCH - 1.00pm - 1.35pm

Concurrent Session 3A LKCC 1.37pm - 3.00pm

First Surname Title Time



 Application of infrared thermography for oestrus detection in dairy cows




 Paternity determination in free ranging Tasmanian devils




 Pathological observations from a captive-bred dunnart colony of s. Crassicaudata and s. Macroura



Van Der Saag

 Development and application of an in-vivo model for the infection and transmission of Bluetongue Viruses by Culicoides spp. Midges




Composite Selection Signals Detect Positive Selection for Polygenic Traits in Cattle


Concurrent Session 3B GTB room 104

First Surname Title Time



The characterisation of cerebellar abiotrophy in Australian Kelpie dogs: histopathology and genomic associations




Financial impact of Foot and Mouth Disease on large ruminant smallholder farmers in northern upland Laos




Characterising the problem of avian mycobacteriosis at Taronga zoo and development of an antemortem diagnostic test




Validation of a heterologous oocyte-binding assay for alpaca spermatozoa




Preliminary investigation of the effect of age and gender on the growth and meat quality of Alpacas (Vicugna pacos)



Van Geldersen

Variation in supervisors’ experiences in a work based learning environment




Investigating the transmission of Ostreid herpesvirus-1 (OsHV-1) within the environment: Wild species as a possible source of infection?




Bold dogs: Handler opinions on behavioural traits in Australian working farm dogs 


AFTERNOON TEA - 3.00pm - 3.25pm

Session 4a LKCC 3.30 - 4.25pm

First Surname Title Time



Estimating the economic value of Australian stock herding dogs  




Vitrification of in vitro produced porcine embryos: A comparison of freezing devices, vitrification solutions and blastocoele presence 




 Human preferences for physical attributes of the equine head and positions of the neck




 Characterisation of the toll-like receptors in the Tasmanian devil




 Sheep Response to social isolotion in arena tests and sheep reproductive performance - Are They Related?


Concurrent Session 4B GTB Room 103

First Surname Title Time
Rachel Schildkraut Happy Hormones- A Validation of Animal-Based Measures of Welfare in Lions 3.30   
Elyssa Payne Characterising Dogmanship 3.41
Rachel Rodney  Effects of nutrient balance during the transition period on reproduction, production and health in the dairy cow 3.52
Shannon Kjeldsen Addressing koala conservation management needs: applying novel genomic methods and assessing ecological exchangability across the species range 4.03
Anthea Brennan  The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Kangaroo meat and the relative importance of feral cats in transmission to Australian marsupials 4.14

Close Day 1, 4.30pm