BSc.Agric; BVM&S; MANZCVS (horse med, repro); DACT; FRCVS
Allan was born of farming parents in what is now known as Zimbabwe. He attended state boarding school, followed by a year of compulsory National service where he passed the selection process to join a special forces unit. Thereafter he completed an agricultural degree before working and travelling in the UK and the USA. After a few years of agriculture related employment which included farming, and being part of the 1988 Zimbabwe rugby squad, he completed a veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh. After a few years working in the UK he returned to Zimbabwe to set up a practice in rural Zimbabwe based in Mvurwi. The political and economic uncertainty in the country led to him undertaking veterinary work in Australia, Beijing and the UK before settling in Australia. He married Viki Brookes, and have three children. He is still keeping active on the sports fields of Wagga.
He obtained MANZCVS in horse medicine and animal reproduction in 2002 and 2006 respectively, before becoming a diplomate ACT via the alternate route in 2008. In 2013 he was registered as a specialist in theriogenology with the RCVS in the UK, and in 2014 with the AVBC in Australasia .In July of 2020 he was conferred the honour of Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a result of his meritorious contribution to clinical practice. In 2012 his academic career began at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. He is supervising a DACT and DVStud student at CSU, and involved is in mentoring other ACT candidates from around the world. He is clinically active, and teaches students in the theriogenology and production animal departments as well as coordinating extra mural placements in clinical and preclinical student rotations. He has a passion for theriogenology and for passing this information on to the next generation of veterinary professionals.
He is research active and has published on a variety of topics mainly in the field of reproduction. He has presented at national and international conferences including the ANZCVS, and the Society for Reproduction in the USA. He is supervising a DACT and DVStud student at CSU, and is involved in mentoring other ACT candidates from around the world. He also supervises honours and Masters students’ at CSU. He is in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Newcastle where he co-supervises a PhD student, and Monash University and the University of Melbourne. The latter projects are in semen longevity (UoN) and the neuro-endocrinological control of the reproductive axis (Monash and UMelb).
2018 Society for Theriogenology:
Gunn, A. J. (2018). A case of juvenile uterine leiomyoma in a yearling Thoroughbred filly successfully removed by manual trans-cervical debridement. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenolgists, Milwaukee, WI, USA.
Gunn, A. J., Jones, E., & Brookes, V. J. (2018). Pregnancy loss following twin ablation on a Thoroughbred breeding farm in Beijing. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenologists, Milwaukee, WI, USA
2016 Dairy Australia. ReproRight course part 4. Effects of Dairy Cow Health on Fertility. Bacchus Marsh. (08/11/2016). 90 minute lecture.
2015 CSU Theriogenology and welfare course. Organiser and presenter. (20/11/15)
2015 CSU/Sydney CVE course. CSU liaison co-organiser, and presenter. (28-31 Jan)
2014 CSU ‘Pioneers in Prevention’ CPD Course. Co-organiser and presenter (26-28Nov)
2014 University of Sydney Undergraduate presentations. (15 September)
2014 27 WBC conference: A case of maintained lactation in an unmated Friesian-Holstein heifer, in association with a putative ovarian granulosa thecal cell tumour. (29 July)
2014 Dairy Australia Presentation, Wagga Wagga. (17 February)
2013 University of Sydney Undergraduate presentations (02 September)
2013 ANZCVS. Balanoposthitis in the stallion. FMDV in Australia. 10-11 July
2013 CSU SAVS seminar- FMD Realtime training in Nepal (18 April)
2012 Charles Sturt University Research Presentation Conference- Practice based research (16 October)
2012 Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Annual conference.
1) Mini horse; 2) Zebra theriogenology.
2011 University of Zimbabwe
Mare cyclicity and the problem mare.
University of Sydney
Routine reproductive examination of the mare
Reproductive examination and treatment of the problem mare.
2010 Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Annual Conference
Association of Applied Animal Andrology Biennial Conference
Prevalence of neutrophils in stallion semen dismount samples.
2009 Equine Veterinarians Australia, NSW Meeting:
Mare reproductive swabbing; Mare uterine lavage; Mare transition.
Middle management seminar (thoroughbred stud breeders)
Course organiser and presenter (mare cyclicity, and the problem mare; hygiene, quarantine, and deworming)