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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Clinical pathology at Sydney Veterinary School

There’s more to studying veterinary science than just spay and neuter. Veterinarians have to be on the cutting edge of the latest veterinary research, and that includes veterinary pathology.

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Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Services (VPDS) operates within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. The VPDS provides high-quality services to the University of Sydney, veterinary profession and research organizations. Their pathologists and highly skilled technical staff ensure a reliable and exceptional service to their clients.

Services offered include the disciplines of haematology, serum biochemistry, clinical microbiology, cytopathology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, parasitology and specimen processing for research purposes.

The Clinical Pathology Lab is equipped to carry out diagnostic haematology, biochemistry, microbiology and cytology. The lab predominantly services the UVTH-Sydney, running routine diagnostic tests on companion animals.

Clinical Pathology is also in a position to offer research groups, from the University of Sydney and external institutions, biochemistry and haematology on its state-of-the-art analyzers. This service is available for lab animals and wildlife on request.

About the University of Sydney Veterinary School

The Faculty of Veterinary Science opened its doors on the March 22, 1910. Sixteen students enrolled in this premier Australian university course in veterinary science. These students learned from skilled practitioners and world-class academics, with access to the know-how of a nation, which was already an emerging power in animal health and production.

Today, Sydney Veterinary School students have the ambition, compassion and integrity that it takes to make great veterinarians; faculty members have the spirit of innovation and leadership that is required to make a leading university; and the school is still based in the heart of Sydney with the university’s own rural facilities on the outskirts of the city.

It has been reported that the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney will introduce a 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for the 2015 intake. Dr Peter White of the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science has stated that while options for entry requirements (e.g., GPA only or combination of other factors) are currently being finalized by the faculty, it is likely that the applications for this program will be open in 2014. This DVM program will be a stand-alone, graduate-entry degree, aimed at students who have already attained a bachelor degree and who are accustomed to the challenge of university studies.

OzTREKK will post detailed information about this program as soon as it becomes available from the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

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If you’d like more information about the University of Sydney’s proposed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and about Sydney Veterinary School, and would like veterinary school updates emailed to you, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Sydney Veterinary Science researcher encouraged by first Blue Mountains koala sighting in 70 years

A koala has been seen crossing the Great Western Highway near Wentworth Falls, the first record of koalas in the upper Blue Mountains since the 1940s.

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Koalas are listed as “vulnerable to extinction”

The sighting is encouraging news for Dr Kellie Leigh, from the Sydney Veterinary School, who is currently mapping koalas in and around the Blue Mountains.

“If you asked a local this time last year they might have told you there were no longer any koalas in the Blue Mountains; however, during the recent bushfires koalas have appeared on the edges of urban areas, including three koalas coming out of the bush to sit in buckets of water near the Springwood fire,” said Dr Leigh.

The Sydney Veterinary School researcher explained that the fires have forced koalas to move out of their normal home ranges and habitats, and this movement is taking them into developed areas where they are being seen by people. Unfortunately, koalas are vulnerable to both fire and heat so the bushfires and extreme weather are likely to have had an impact on them. What’s exciting about it is that it was uncertain whether or not koalas still existed in many of these areas.

Although koalas are not normally seen on the high altitude ridgelines in the Blue Mountains, they used to be abundant in the valleys either side. There are historical records advertising koala hunting opportunities in the Megalong Valley, back in the days of the koala fur trade. Since then koala numbers have dropped dramatically.

Dr Leigh says it’s critical to find what is left of koalas after such a massive drop in numbers. “Many Sydneysiders don’t realize we still have koala populations around, in areas such as Campbelltown, and west right through to Bathurst. Even more people are not aware that koalas in New South Wales are now federally listed as vulnerable to extinction. Koalas are picky eaters and adapt to their local habitats, so if we’re going to hang on to this iconic species we need to find and conserve all the surviving koala populations.”

The recent Great Koala Count run by the National Parks Association of NSW has shown the power of citizen science for finding koalas, with 900 koalas reported throughout NSW and beyond; however, the next step of assessing low density populations in rugged terrain is more challenging.

The information being collected is part of a larger national scale koala study led by the University of Sydney together with researchers from James Cook University and San Diego Zoo Global. The project is using new technology whole-genome DNA to prioritize koala populations for conservation management, right across the species range.

Dr Kellie Leigh is also director of Science for Wildlife Inc, a research partner with the University of Sydney that will undertake the regional koala mapping using innovative research methods such as a koala detection dog. The resulting data will be used in the university’s genome research.

Koalas in the Blue Mountains are thought to be particularly important for conservation of the species due high levels of genetic diversity, and the large World Heritage Area might be an important habitat refuge for other populations under pressure from climate change. There is also a need to understand more about the impacts of bushfires on koalas in different habitats, which is even more urgent since the Blue Mountains bushfires.

About the Sydney Veterinary School’s  Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) program

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 6 years
Find out more about the the University of Sydney’s new veterinary science program. Check out our blog “New Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for 2015.”

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Learn more about the Sydney Veterinary School and about Australian Veterinary Schools.

Do you have questions about Sydney Veterinary School and about studying veterinary programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Sydney Veterinary School research proves working dogs provide fivefold return on investment

Working dogs make a considerable financial contribution to Australia’s rural sector, providing an impressive fivefold return on investment.

This is just one insight into working dogs that was presented at the inaugural Australian Working Dog Conference held at the University of Sydney at the beginning of November.

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The conference, featuring the latest research from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, brought together working dog breeders, trainers, veterinarians, research scientists, advocacy groups and government representatives from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and America.

“We know we can get even more out of working dogs, and best of all, in the process, give the dogs a better life,” said conference co-founder Professor Paul McGreevy, from the university’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. “We aim to improve communication and collaboration between scientific researchers and industry professionals.”

Research presentations from the faculty included a study on the economic impact of farm dogs. Using data from more than 800 farmers, the study estimated the value of the typical Australian herding dog.

Researchers found the median cost involved in owning a herding dog is $7,763 over the period of its working life, with work performed by the dog throughout this time having an estimated median value of $40,000.

Sydney Veterinary School Prof McGreevy said that herding dogs typically provided their owners with a 5.2 fold return on investment. Interestingly, given the value of their work, the median amount owners would consider spending on veterinary care for their most valued working dogs was between $1,000 and $2,000.

“There are an estimated 273,000 working dogs in Australia, mainly on cattle and sheep farms, so this is a fascinating insight into the financial contribution they make to the rural sector.”

“By detailing the value of the typical herding dog, we hope to equip producers with information that may be used to improve on-farm labour efficiency and profitability,” said Liz Arnott, lead researcher on the study and a country vet.

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science has also developed a tool to assess a dog’s emotional state. By judging how dogs respond to a series of trained tasks it is possible to assess their emotional state and open a window on their overall personality. The tests could identify dogs with emotional attributes suitable for service work and could help customize their training.

The conference also included an update on ongoing University of Sydney research on the genetic basis to dogs’ anxiety, especially distress experienced when they are separated from their owners, and an update on the Australian Farm Dog survey that identified valuable behavioural working attributes and personality traits in Australian herding dogs. It has found that farm dog handlers consider “boldness” as one of the most important attributes in a dog.

The research on working dogs was funded by the Working Kelpie Council of Australia, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Professor McGreevy is the co-founder of the Working Dog Alliance.

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Learn more about the Sydney Veterinary School and about Australian Veterinary Schools.

Do you have questions about Sydney Veterinary School and about studying veterinary programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Monday, November 4th, 2013

University of Sydney Veterinary Science Alumni Awards

Equine specialist David Hutchins, television’s Dr Harry, wildlife conservationist Russell Dickens, and global health pioneer Charles Mackenzie were this year’s recipients of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Alumni Awards.

The Alumni Awards recognize outstanding achievements made to the community and the veterinary profession.

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Associate Professor Hutchins, who graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) in 1947, was honoured with the Alumni Award for Special Achievement.

One of the pre-eminent veterinarians of his generation, Professor Hutchins’s 65-year career has seen him pioneer equine surgery techniques and evidence-based approaches to equine medicine. He helped plan and launch the University of Sydney‘s veterinary teaching hospital and has taught and mentored more than 3,000 students.

The internationally acclaimed researcher was also responsible for breakthroughs ranging from equine colic to peritonitis, to the use of flotation tanks. His findings have appeared in almost 100 articles and scholarly presentations.

Still active in retirement, Professor Hutchins is an official veterinarian at Sydney meetings for Racing NSW and is renowned throughout the horse racing industry for his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of thoroughbreds.

He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Science (Medicine and Surgery) in 1997 and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2000.

The Alumni Award for Community Achievement went to someone readily recognized by many Australians—Dr Harry! Dr Harold Cooper was recognized for his efforts to increase public understanding of pet care and animal welfare in his role as the nation’s best known television vet. He has said that one of his main aims is to teach children a love, understanding and respect for animals that they will carry through to adult life.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1966, Dr Harry practiced as a veterinarian in both Sydney and the UK where, in his late twenties, he became a regular guest on a morning talk show.

Returning to Australia he joined Don Burke on radio before launching his television career on the high rating show Burke’s Backyard. He then presented his own series Talk to the Animals and Harry’s Practice. Dr Harry continues to appear on Better Homes and Gardens, winner of 10 Silver Logies for Australia’s most popular lifestyle program.

Dr Cooper’s reputation as a caring and skilled veterinarian has greatly enhanced the credibility of the entire profession.

For his landmark efforts to protect Australian wildlife, and his 50 years of service to the people of western Sydney, Dr Russell Dickens received the Alumni Award for Community Achievement.

Described as the father of koala medicine, Dr Dickens graduated in 1954 with a BVSc before being awarded a Master of Veterinary Science in 1975. In the 1970s he was one of the first to study diseases of the koala systematically and provide advice on their clinical management. His pioneering research is the basis for today’s expanding discipline of wildlife medicine.

Dr Dickens has also served the pet owners, farmers and wildlife carers of the Blacktown area as a veterinarian and an independent member on the local council for the past 33 years. A vocal advocate for responsible pet ownership, he recently helped Blacktown City Council improve the control and treatment of stray animals and collaborated with the University of Sydney Veterinary School to secure their participation in the council’s desexing program.

His dedication to the welfare of animals, especially the koala, was recognized with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992.

Veterinary pathologist Professor Charles Mackenzie was presented with the Alumni Award for International Achievement for his exceptional contribution to global health. His efforts to combat crippling disease caused by parasitic worms in equatorial areas is changing the lives of millions of people. Professor Mackenzie, who was awarded a doctorate in 1975 following a BSc in 1969 and Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1972, today leads Michigan State University’s participation in the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis which aims treat three billion people worldwide with anti-parasitic drugs.

He has made a lasting impact across a range of research areas including immunopathology, tropical pathology and parasitology.

In 2012 Professor Mackenzie received the Order of Australia for distinguished service to veterinary pathology and to medical science through his significant contributions to disease eradication as well as a researcher and educator.

Professor Rosanne Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences welcomed the Alumni Award recipients and guests at a reception at the University of Sydney on September 13. Emeritus Professor Paul Canfield and Dr Garth McGilvray AM congratulated and presented the winners with their awards.

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About the Sydney Veterinary School’s  Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) program

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA

Apply to Sydney Veterinary School!

Find out more about the the University of Sydney’s new veterinary science program. Check out our blog “New Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for 2015.”

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Learn more about the Sydney Veterinary School and about Australian Veterinary Schools.

Do you have questions about Sydney Veterinary School and about studying veterinary programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Monday, October 28th, 2013

University of Sydney Veterinary School attends Paws in the Park

On October 20, a team of University of Sydney Veterinary School staff and students took to the great outdoors to promote the University of Sydney‘s veterinary services at the annual “Paws in the Park” event. Run by the Camden Council, the event provides several benefits to the local population, including free health checks to hundreds of dogs and advice to their owners about responsible pet ownership. The event also provides a great opportunity for University of Sydney Veterinary School students to practice their communication and examination skills, and promote the veterinary school’s Small Animal Unit.

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University of Sydney’s beautiful campus

The event began with either a 3 km or 5 km dog walk around the venue, the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park. Other events included

  • entertainment;
  • animal-related stalls;
  • animal rescue groups;
  • demonstrations;
  • obedience classes;
  • free vet checks;
  • micro-chipping and desexing vouchers;
  • pet registration;
  • best-dressed dog, best trick, look-a-like competitions and more; and a
  • flyball dog competition.

After the dog walk, veterinarians from the University of Sydney Veterinary School Small Animal Unit along with a team of veterinary students in the final year of their degree provided free physical examinations to the hundreds of dogs in attendance.

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Are you interested in studying veterinary medicine at the Sydney Veterinary School? Find out more about the University of Sydney’s new combined degree program, the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) for the 2014 intake, and the proposed 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for the 2015 intake.

If you’d like more information about Australian Veterinary Schools, and would like veterinary school updates emailed to you, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 6th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Some Lesser-known Cat Laws

Law of Cat Inertia: A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force—such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse.

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An example of Cat Liquefaction

Law of Cat Motion: A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction.

Law of Cat Magnetism: All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

Law of Cat Allergens: All cats will immediately rub up against and crawl on those who are extremely allergic to them.

Law of Cat Liquefaction: A cat can take the form of whatever it happens to crawl into: bowl, box, basket…

Law of Cat Thermodynamics: Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except in case of a cat, in which case all heat flows to the cat.

Law of Cat Stretching: A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to the length of the nap just taken.

Law of Cat Sleeping: All cats must sleep with people whenever possible, in a position as uncomfortable for the people involved, and as comfortable for the cat as possible.

Law of Cat Elongation: A cat can make its body long enough to reach any counter top that has anything remotely interesting on it.

Law of Cat Obstruction: A cat must lie on the floor in a position to obstruct the maximum amount of human foot traffic.

Law of Cat Regurgitation: A cat will only vomit on items/carpeting of great value.

Law of Cat Acceleration: A cat will accelerate at a constant rate, until he gets good and ready to stop.

About Australian Veterinary Schools

Veterinary science programs at Australian Veterinary Schools are suitable for students who wish to gain entry into a veterinary professional program directly from high school or after having completed undergraduate studies.

Canadian students wishing to become a veterinarian have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program directly from high school or after having completed Bachelor of Science courses or a degree.

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program is offered only to students who have already obtained an undergraduate science degree.

Learn more about these Australian Veterinary Schools!

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Are you interested in becoming a veterinarian?

If you have any questions or would like veterinary school updates emailed to you, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or callt 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about veterinary programs at Australian universities.

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

University of Melbourne Veterinary School to deliver new executive veterinary education

An exciting development in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne is the delivery of veterinary executive education (VEE) to current practitioners.

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The Faculty of Veterinary Science VEE program will be headed by Dr Natalie Boquest. Dr Boquest, herself a University of Melbourne Veterinary School graduate, has a Master of Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, as well as many years of experience in private and emergency practice. She later completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials at Monash University and successfully obtained her membership with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Epidemiology).

“We will use a practice-orientated and customized approach, to ensure that the program is truly based on the needs of private practitioners and how practitioners would like their program to be delivered,” says Dr Boquest.

“Our program acknowledges that practitioners are busy, so programs will incorporate a ‘need to know’ and ‘how to do’ approach. Programs will be relevant, practical and dynamic. We will use a multi-delivery approach, including workshops, breakout sessions and roundtable events,” add Dr Boquest.

Once program needs are established, Dr Boquest and the Faculty of Veterinary Science will round-table it with the appropriate consultants, key opinion leaders and practitioners, to ensure that the final program content matches expectations. Plus, all courses will be delivered with expected outcomes determined. “This is to ensure that participants will take away focused skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately,” says Dr Boquest.

The programs will be delivered at University of Melbourne facilities in Hawthorn, Parkville and Werribee. The faculty will also cater for regional and rural events. Generic veterinary programs will also be available.

Apply to Melbourne Veterinary School!

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Do you have questions about Melbourne Veterinary School and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

University of Sydney Veterinary School professor talks about the role of the horse whip in racing

It’s been a bone of contention for many, many years: should whipping be permitted in horse racing? Many animal welfare activists claim it is cruel and unnecessary. The British Racing Authority states “The whip should be used for safety, correction and encouragement only.” For many jockeys, trainers, and racing officials, there is a great distinction between “use” and “abuse” of the whip jockeys carry. Who hasn’t seen the close-up images of jockeys and horses dueling for position on the home stretch at Churchill Downs? Whips are flashed beside the horses’ faces and brought sharply against their hindquarters. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

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Veterinarian and University of Sydney Professor Paul McGreevy’s talk on the use of the whip in horse racing caused a stir in the horse racing world.

The Sydney Veterinary School professor’s talk traced the history of animal welfare in his address at the University of Sydney, particularly in relation to horses. His major focus pinpoints the use of the whip in horse racing to make “tired horses run faster.”

While the University of Sydney Veterinary School professor praised the agility and skill of the jockeys and the magnificence of the racing thoroughbred, it is his belief that horses can still perform brilliantly—and win—without being whipped. Check out Prof. McGreevy’s full talk here.

About Prof Paul McGreevy

RCVS Recognized Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, and his research focuses on equitation science, epidemiological studies, ethopathies in companion and exotic species, and learning theory as applied to animal training and behaviour modification. Prof McGreevy also studies urban animal management and the use of IT in teaching.

At the University of Sydney Veterinary School, he lectures in Animal Husbandry to first year BVSc students, and Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science to third year BVSc and Animal & Veterinary Bioscience students.

The Sydney Veterinary School professor also co-wrote Carrots and Sticks: Principles of Animal Training, a book that brings behavioural science to life, explaining animal training techniques in the language of learning theory.

About the Sydney Veterinary School’s  Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) program

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBC

Apply to Sydney Veterinary School!

Find out more about the the University of Sydney‘s new veterinary science program. Check out our blog “New Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for 2015.”

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Learn more about the Sydney Veterinary School and about Australian Veterinary Schools.

Do you have questions about Sydney Veterinary School and about studying veterinary programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

 

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Sydney Veterinary School finds new species of fungus

A new species of fungus that causes life-threatening infections in humans and cats has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher.

“This all originated from spotting an unusual fungal infection in three cats I was seeing at the university’s cat treatment centre in 2006,” said Dr Vanessa Barrs,  a Senior Lecturer from the Sydney Veterinary School, whose findings have just been published in PLOS One (Public Library of Science, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication).

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“These cats presented with a tumour-like growth in one of their eye sockets, that had spread there from the nasal cavity. The fungal spores are inhaled and in susceptible cats they establish a life-threatening infection that is very difficult to treat.”

Six years of investigation followed, including working with some of the world’s leading fungal experts at the CBS-KNAW fungal biodiversity centre in The Netherlands.

“Finally I was able to confirm this as a completely new species, Aspergillus felis, which can cause virulent disease in humans and cats by infecting their respiratory tract. We were able to demonstrate that this was a new species of fungus on a molecular and reproductive level and in terms of its form. This new species of fungus can reproduce both asexually and sexually—and we discovered both phases of the fungus.”

Since the first sighting of the new species, more than 20 sick domestic cats from around Australia and one cat from the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with the fungus.

The fungus appears to infect otherwise healthy cats but in the two humans identified it attacked an already highly compromised immune system.

The disease is not passed between humans and cats but its study in cats will not only help their treatment but provide a good model for the study of the disease in people. There is only a 15 per cent survival rate of cats with the disease and it has so far proved fatal in humans. To date only one case has been identified in a dog.

“We are right at the start of recognizing the diseases caused by this fungus in animals and humans. The number of cases may be increasing in frequency or it may just be we are getting better at recognizing them,” the Sydney Veterinary School Senior Lecturer stated.

“Fungi like Aspergillus felis can be easily misidentified as the closely related fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, which is a well-studied cause of disease in humans. However, A. felis is intrinsically more resistant to antifungal drugs than A. fumigatus and this has important implications for therapy and prognosis.”

The next step for Dr Barrs and her Sydney Veterinary School team is studying fungi in culture collections throughout Australia to determine the prevalence of A. felis infections in people with previously diagnosed aspergillosis. They will collaborate with researchers at the Westmead Millenium Institute for Medical Research.

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Are you interested in studying veterinary medicine at the Sydney Veterinary School? Find out more about the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science‘s new combined degree program, the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) for the 2014 intake, and the proposed 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for the 2015 intake.

If you’d like more information about Australian Veterinary Schools, and would like veterinary school updates emailed to you, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or by calling toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, July 19th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A man rushes his limp dog to the veterinarian. The doctor pronounces the dog dead. The agitated man demands a second opinion.

The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat. The cat sniffs the body and meows. The vet says, “I’m sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too.”

The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead.

The vet brings in a black Labrador. The lab sniffs the body and barks. The vet says, “I’m sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead, too.”

The man finally resigns to the diagnosis and asks how much he owes. The veterinarian answers, “Six hundred and fifty dollars.”

Six hundred and fifty dollars to tell me my dog is dead?” exclaims the man.

“Well,” the vet replies, “I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional six hundred is for the cat scan and lab tests.”

Postgraduate Australian Veterinary Program

Duration: 4 years
Number of international places: approximately 50
Program commences: March intake each year
Offered at: University of Melbourne

Undergraduate Australian Veterinary Programs

Duration: 5 years
Number of international places: varies from 5 to 140
Program commences: February intake each year
Offered at: James Cook University, University of Queensland and University of Sydney

Learn more about these Australian Veterinary Schools!

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Are you interested in becoming a veterinarian?

For more information about Australian Veterinary School entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools page. If you have any questions or would like veterinary school updates emailed to you, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or phone Rachel at 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about veterinary programs at Australian universities.