Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Research Students

PhD Students

  • Rebecca Barnewall
    My research topic is in ‘Monitoring Health and Welfare Using Emerging Diagnostic Technologies in the Beef Feedlot Sector’. By testing and using emerging real time diagnostic technologies, I will undertake a critical evaluation of the beef production chain from on-farm to slaughter. This will enable identification of potential critical time points where animals can be cost effectively examined and treated for disease causing pathogenic agents.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Amy Bates
    The declining demand for wool and increased demand for sheep meat has prompted producers to shift from solely wool enterprises towards mixed or meat focused initiatives. This has seen the sheep flock within Australia diverge from the original Merino-centric flock to be approximately 32%  other breeds, including composite, first and second crosses and shedding breeds.Guidelines for ewe management are primarily Merino based and advise ewes be in a body condition score 3.0 at joining. The incompleteness of the current advice for a wide range of regions, breeds and season of mating is a threat to the adoption of ewe management packages and appears to be reducing farm profits. AusFarm modelling will be applied to re-examine the current industry guidelines in terms of ewe flock management, including region, season and breed. An on-farm component comprising 49,500 ewes will demonstrate to producers the importance of ewe management throughout the reproductive cycle.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Annette Bowen
    With qualifications in Physiotherapy and Veterinary Physiotherapy I enjoy helping horses and riders to move well. Physiotherapists predominately deal with cases of movement dysfunction rather than overt lameness. What constitutes ‘moving well’ is subjective. Through my PhD research I hope to develop field based outcome measures for Equine Physiotherapy, that focus on functional movement and assist practitioners to monitor and improve treatment efficacy.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Ella Bradshaw-Wiley
    My research is focussed on equine behaviour and affective states, and their use in welfare assessments.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Alice Bunyan
    Molecular investigation of the genome of field strains of Haemonchus contortus (barber's pole worm) collected from sheep properties

  • Yuchi Chen
    My research focus is on understanding the incidence, aetiology and pathogenesis of hepatogenous photosensitisation in domestic livestock caused by compound/s found in Panicum spp.. How these compounds exert their effects in the liver of animals grazing Panicum spp. will be examined by using metabolomic analysis and other modalities. In addition, lesions obtained from other photosensitisation outbreaks, with alternative underlying aetiology, will be compared and markers of metabolic changes will be analysed. Together these studies may determine the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying clinical photosensitisation in domestic livestock.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Jessica Dodd
    Equine Nutrition field, the study on Magnesium as a calmative supplement
    Wagga Wagga
  • Jake Fountain
    Jake’s interest in biosecurity and communication practices with stakeholders in the farm animal industry has continued since graduation in 2016 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science, as well as achieving first-class honours with his dissertation: “A risk assessment of disease introduction and spread on New South Wales Sheep Farms”. Jake is currently investigating the interaction between biosecurity implementation, on-farm economics and social sciences.
  • Cathrynne Henshall
    I am currently investigating the effect of stress and exercise on the cognitive abilities of horses. We will be evaluating the effect of various types of common stressors and exercise on how well horses learn simple, industry standard learning tasks and then how well they remember what they have learned. By gaining a greater understanding of how stress and exercise interacts with equine learning, we hope to assist horse owners and trainers to develop training methods that maximise learning with a minimum of stress to their horses. We hope that this will improve the welfare of ridden horses as well as enhancing owner safety.

  • Madalyn Hobbs
    Sialylated milk oligosaccharides are a component of milk that is believed to aid in the development of neonatal tissues, aiding in their maturation and function.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Md. Shafaet Hossen
    Fish in the wild or culture are susceptible to parasitic infection which may cause mass mortality or significant economic loss. In some circumstances, parasites provide a route for secondary infection by various microorganisms. There are a diverse group of parasites in the aquatic environment and each and every type of parasites cause different damage to the hosts. However, their population diversity and distribution are altering over the time as a result of global climate change and anthropogenic interventions. The aim of my study is to characterise selected parasites from commercially important fish in the south-eastern region of Australia. Proper identification/characterisation will be central in studies focused on population structure, important life-cycle, diversity, distribution, and host-parasitic interactions. The outcome of this study will also crucial for the sustainable management of the marine ecosystem.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Karly Liffen
    My PhD research is focused on understanding the behaviour of working horses, particularly those used in the feedlot industry.My PhD research is focused on understanding the behaviour of working horses, particularly those used in the feedlot industry.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Jaymie Loy
    My research focuses on the pharmacokinetics and safety of reproductive hormones used widely within the Equine Industry.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Emma Lynch
    Evaluating canola meal as a supplement at weaning and finishing grassfed cattle in NSW
    Wagga Wagga
  • Claudia Macleay
    This project will study the Epidemiology and Pathology of mid to late term pregnancy loss in Australian Thoroughbreds. The main objective of this project is to improve diagnosis and prevention of mid to late term pregnancy loss in Thoroughbred mares in Australia. By doing so, we aim to improve mare welfare and support the Thoroughbred industry and associated communities.

  • Brianna Maslen
    My research topic will be to characterize the extent to which intestinal microorganisms influence growth, productivity, health and welfare of beef cattle placed on feedlots. I am hoping that the proposed research will establish a correlation between the qualitative or quantitative presence of specific microorganisms in faecal samples, and health, growth and meat quality of feedlot beef cattle. Results from this study will then allow for the development of management based interventions, or downstream diagnostics that could be used to minimise the economic losses associated with feedlot placement.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Zahra Batool Naqvi
    Zahra Naqvi is working in meat quality space. Her PhD research is on improving tenderness, nutritional quality, and safety in tough and low graded beef meat through the application of different cooking techniques and exogenous enzymes.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Babu Nath
    This project will provide critical understanding of circovirus replication through the structural, biochemical, and immunological characterisation of the two proteins encoded by their genomes, the capsid (Cap) and replicase associated protein (Rep).
    Wagga Wagga
  • Megan Porter
    As global demand for seafood increases, many large fish species are being overexploited with anthropogenic pressures and environmental changes also beginning to affect the biology and sustainability of various marine species, including parasitic organisms. The black-spotted croaker (Protonibea diacanthus), is seriously over-sourced due to the high market price for swim bladders. Despite regulations, over-fishing continues with fishers now targeting aggregations and juveniles. This research will investigate the parasitism affecting the black-spotted croaker between different locations and time of year, and the population health implications affected. Results will provide essential information about species health and the relationship between parasitic burden and climate change, and will also contribute to the development of practices for the protection and sustainability of the species. The findings will be relevant to seafood customers worldwide and also to stakeholders such as fisheries authorities.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Leia Rogers
    My research focuses on the theme of freshwater fish behaviour and ecology. It will involve the evaluation of survival behaviour of native fish, to better understand how to increase biodiversity, inform re-stocking programs and aid conservation efforts in the Murray-Darling basin.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Joshua Scherpenhuizen
    Josh’s PhD project is aimed at evaluating the welfare and reproductive biology of captive tigers in Australia.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Kellie Thomas
    My research will address antibiotic resistance in the Riverina by: 1. Identifying environmental reservoirs that pose the greatest risk for the emergence of new resistance genes, and likely pathways for dissemination of established resistance genes. 2. Investigating factors that influence antibiotic prescribing within our community.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Veronika Vicic
    Researching the development of a Viable Dairy-Beef supply chain in Australia

  • Michelle Williams
    Research topic. ‘Bio security and seafood food safety in Australia; assessing the risk and knowledge gaps for zoonotic and non-zoonotic parasites in local and imported seafood products’. This study will examine a variety of local and imported seafood for the presence of zoonotic/non-zoonotic parasites.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Jessica Wyse
    Investigating the phyto-oestrogens (with a focus on the coumestan), produced in lucerne (Medicago sativa) varieties and their influence on the reproductive processes of grazing livestock.
    Wagga Wagga

Doctor of Veterinary Studies

  • Jillian Bell
    The equine gastrointestinal microbiota: characterising the normal equine faecal microbiome in health and disease. The objective of this study is to assess impacts of intestinal diseases and therapeutic interventions on the faecal microbiota of foals and adult horses.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Ms Emily Birckhead

    Wagga Wagga
  • Josephine Hale
    ‘Factors that influence autologous conditioned serum concentration in the horse’. With this research we are investigating possible factors that may affect the concentration of blood derived anti-inflammatory proteins such as interleukin 1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP) in the horse. IRAP has been demonstrated to reduce the effects of osteoarthritis when administered locally into joints. This autologous or patient derived protein, harvested via whole blood culture in a commercially available system, is used world-wide as a conventional treatment of osteoarthritis in horses. By nature this autologous product that is specifically dependant on white cell function varies widely from animal to animal and with it also any ant-inflammatory potency. This research hopes to investigate methods in which to improve the product yield from whole blood culture systems and the protein’s stability in storage.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Elizabeth Jones
    The effect of the gut peptide GLP-1 on reproductive hormones in the hypothalamus and pituitary
    Wagga Wagga
  • Alison Neef
    Detection of canine circovirus in Australia
    Wagga Wagga
  • Jessica Wise
    Equine Gastric Ulcer Disease
    Wagga Wagga

Master of Veterinary Studies

  • Mary McQuillan
    Unlocking the keys to ewe survival

  • Rory Nevard
    Assessing the impact of blood prolactin concentrations on maternal behaviour and calf health in beef cattle. Overall aim to characterise the relationship between periparturient blood prolactin levels, and evaluate the efficacy of using blood prolactin profiles to predict maternal behaviour using proximity logger collars on cows and calves as an objective assessment.
    Wagga Wagga
  • Ebony Schoenfeld
    After graduating from Charles Sturt University in 2016, Ebony has worked as a mixed practice practitioner in both Australia and the UK. At the beginning of 2020, she chose to return back to Australia to continue her studies in small animal practice. She is passionate about both surgery and medicine. Currently, Ebony is splitting her time between working at the referral practice and researching the diagnosis, treatment and effect of grass seeds within companion animals
    Wagga Wagga