Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Petra Buckley

Dr Petra Buckley

BVSc (Massey), DipVetClinStud (Syd), MvetClinStud (Syd), MANZCVSc (Equine Surgery), PhD (UQ)

Petra graduated in Veterinary Science from Massey University, New Zealand in 1988. She completed her equine medicine and surgery internship with distinction (Sydney, 1991), followed by a residency in large animal medicine and surgery (Sydney, 1994). She was awarded a Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies in 1995 for her studies on acute diarrhoea in horses. Petra then spent some time as Veterinary Officer with NSW Department of Primary Industries prior to joining Charles Sturt University in 1995.

In 1998 Petra obtained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Equine Surgery.

Since then, her interest in a population approach to equine health has led to research involving equine internal parasites, stereotypies in stabled horses, and the role of non-veterinary equine therapists. Most recently, she completed a longitudinal study of the Health and Performance of Pony Club horses, obtaining her PhD in Epidemiology in 2009 (UQ). Petra has published in national and international journals.

Her particular interests are assisting the owners of horses in achieving optimal health and performance of their horses through prevention.

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General Research InterestsPetra Buckley on horse

  • Epidemiology
  • Horse health and performance
  • Horse misbehaviour
  • Horse welfare
  • Preventative horse health care
  • Extension of scientific information to the horse industry

Ongoing projects

  • Sore backs in pony club horses
  • Lameness in pony club horses
  • Misbehaviour of pony club horses
  • pasture based nutrition of pony club horses
  • Pasture based laminitis
  • Health care of pony club horses
  • Role of veterinarians in the health of recreational horses
  • Validating horsemanship techniques against learning theory
  • Welfare of Australian endurance horses

Future projects

  • Horse health and welfare information for pony clubs
  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up) in Australian endurance horses
  • Finding the 'engagement zone' when educating horses
  • Best and fairest horsemanship challenge: a self-directed horse health, behaviour and welfare educational package, customised for Australian pony clubs

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Research Publications

  • Buckley P, Morton J, Buckley DJ, Coleman GT (2012). Misbehaviour in Pony Club horses: incidence and risk factors. Equine Veterinary Journal, 45, 9-14
  • McGreevy PD, McLean AN, McConaghy F, Buckley P, McLean C (2011). How riding may affect welfare: what the equine veterinarian needs to know. Equine Veterinary Education 23, 10, pp 531-539.
  • Moloney B, Sergeant ESG, Taragel C and Buckley P (2011). Significant features of the epidemiology of equine influenza in New South Wales, Australia, 2007. Australian Veterinary Journal Supplement 1, 89, 56-62.
  • Freire R, Buckley P, Cooper JJ (2009). Effects of different forms of exercise on post-inhibitory rebound behaviour and unwanted behaviour in stabled horses. Equine Veterinary Journal, 41, 5, 487-492.
  • Freire R, Clegg HA, Buckley P, Friend MA, McGreevy PD (2009). The effects of two different amounts of dietary grain on the digestibility of the diet and behaviour of intensively managed horses. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 117, Issues 1-2, 69-73.
  • Freire R, Clegg HA, Buckley P, Friend MA, McGreevy PD (2008). The behavioural effects of virginiamycin in the diets of stereotypic horses. The Veterinary Record, 14, 413-417.
  • Clegg HA, Buckley P, Friend MA, et al (2008). The ethological and physiological characteristics of cribbing and weaving horses. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 109, 1, 68-76.
  • Buckley P, Dunn A, & More S (2004). Owners' perceptions of health and performance in pony club horses in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 63, 121-132.
  • Ecke P, Hodgson DR & Rose RJ (1998). Induced diarrhoea in horses part 2: Response to administration of an oral rehydration solution. British Veterinary Journal, 155, pp.161-170.
  • Ecke P, Hodgson DR & Rose RJ (1998). Induced diarrhoea in horses part 1: Fluid and electrolyte balance. British Veterinary Journal, 155, pp.149-159.
  • Ecke P, Hodgson DR & Rose RJ (1997). Review of oral rehydration solutions for horses with diarrhoea. Australian Veterinary Journal, 17, pp.417-420.

Scientific abstracts

  • Buckley P, Morton J, Buckley DJ, Coleman GT (2010). Misbehaviour as a cause of poor performance. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, p 219.
  • Brockwell MY, Ecke P and Rolfe P (1998). A survey of equine gastrointestinal parasites in the Wagga Wagga district of NSW. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production, 22, pp.334.

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Presentations

  • Freire R, Buckley P, Cooper JJ (2009). Effects of different forms of exercise on post-inhibitory rebound behaviour and unwanted behaviour in stabled horses. International Symposium on Equitation Science, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
  • Buckley PJ, Morton J, Buckley DJ, Coleman GT (2009). Misbehaviour as a cause of poor performance in pleasure horses. International Symposium on Equitation Science, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Buckley P, Morton J, Coleman GT (2006). Health care of Pony Club horses in regional Australia. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Cairns, Australia.
  • Buckley P, Morton J, Coleman G T (2006). Challenges of conducting a longitudinal study of Pony Club Horses in regional Australia. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Cairns, Australia.
  • Ecke P (1994). Oral rehydration solutions for horses. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference. Canberra, Australia.
Non-refereed conference presentations
  • Buckley P, Morton J, Coleman G T (2007). Lack of veterinary healthcare of Pony Club horses in regional Australia. Proceedings of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Scientific Meeting, Equine Chapter.
  • Buckley P, Morton J, Coleman G T (2007). A longitudinal study of naturally occurring laminitis in Pony Club horses in regional Australia. Proceedings of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Scientific Meeting, Equine Chapter.
  • Buckley P, Morton J, Coleman G T (2008). Risk Factors for misbehaviour in Pony Club horses: methodological challenges encountered in a longitudinal study. Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Scientific Meeting, Epidemiology Chapter, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Buckley P, Morton J, Coleman G T (2008). Risk Factors sore backs in Pony Club horses: methodological challenges encountered in a longitudinal study. Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Scientific Meeting, Equine Chapter, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Buckley P (2008). Poor performance in pleasure horses – a business opportunity? Australian Veterinary Association Seminar Series, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
  • Buckley P, McGreevy P, McConaghy F (2011). Best and fairest arrives on the scene: a grass-roots, preventive approach to sustainable equine welfare. 5th Australian Animal Welfare Strategy National Workshop, 2-4th August, Sydney.

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