Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


Honours is a research-based add-on or integrate course that is built around a project. The nature of each project varies both in subject area and approach. Some of you will be engaged in laboratory-based research, others will work in the field and others will centre their activities on a computer. Each of you will have a supervisor and another academic to assist, and possibly other input. Some of you will work on campus and some remotely. The experience will include planning, conducting and reporting on your work. Most importantly, this will provide opportunities to work with an individual in an area of interest, and develop advanced knowledge in this area. In the process students will develop written, verbal and research skills in a specialised field essential for further research. This experience will equip you for a range of employment options.

Please contact the School Honours Coordinator, Raf Freire, for further details.

Dr Raf Freire
Room 191, Building 268
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Charles Sturt University
Locked Bag 588
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6933 4451
Fax: +61 2 6933 2991


Animal Science

  • Analysis of factors affecting expression of cryptochrome genes in chicken cell cultures
  • Use of two dimensional gel electrophoresis to detect sex-specific proteins in allantoic fluid from embryonated chicken eggs
  • The role of androgens in programming the growth of piglets
  • Effect of analgesics on pain behaviour in beak-trimmed chickens
  • Misbehaviour and welfare of horses
  • Spatial distribution and dispersal behaviour in sheep
  • Use of potato vines for silage
  • Key issues that influence the productivity of small-holder dairy farmers in Pakistan


  • Evaluating a coproantigen ELISA to diagnose F. hepatica infection
  • Markers of gastric ulceration in horses

Equine Biochemistry

  • Glucose homeostasis in ponies
  • The roles of adiponectin and leptin in the regulation of insulin sensitivity and the development of insulin resistance
  • Endocrine correlations with temperament in foals
  • Insulin response to the administration of exogenous corticosteroids in horses
  • Comparison of bench top analysis for point of care determination of serum biochemical indices in horses
  • View Project Descriptions

Equine Health

  • Lower airway disease in horses: diagnosis, prevalence, effect on performance & treatment
  • Efficacy of a selective COX-2 inhibitor (meloxicam) for pain relief in horses
  • Antiviral activities of olive antioxidants against equine adenovirus

Equine Physiology

  • Performance effects of pre- and post-exercise handling in horses
  • Biophysical profiling of the late pregnant mare
  • Echocardiographic evaluation of heart function in horses

Molecular Biology

  • Continuing genotypic and other analysis of Mucor amphibiorum fungal isolates from diseased platypuses and amphibians
  • Surface tegument development of Fasciola hepatica under different culture conditions in vitro
  • Identification of Staphylococcus aureus biomarkers in milk of Dairy Cows
  • Diversity among cryptochrome genes in chicken and their association with magnetic orientation behaviour
  • Use of faecal DNA as a Tool for Diagnosing Plant Poisoning in Livestock
  • Livestock Semen Assessment: A Comparison of Traditional and New Methodologies

Sheep Production

  • Prior pregnancy and rearing status on the staple strength of Merino wool
  • EverGraze: Profitable sheep production from perennials


  • Health status of platypuses in the Murrumbidgee catchment
  • Mucor amphibiorum infection trial in trout
  • Monitoring the Reproductive Cycle of the Platypus by Means of Steroid Concentration
  • Monitoring the Corticosteroid Levels of the Platypus

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