Strategic Research Projects

Twice a year, VetCompass Australia calls for Strategic Research Projects (small, achievable projects that answer a clinically relevant research question) from early to mid-career academic veterinarians. All topics relating to clinical and epidemiological questions in companion animals (dog, cat, horse) will be welcome for consideration, and we encourage innovative questions.

In addition to these, at times we also accept submissions for a limited number of Strategic Projects that are directly associated with and support the current Major Projects.

Project requirements

Project proposals will only be considered if they:

  • address a specific clinical question
  • do not duplicate a current Strategic Project
  • do not duplicate a current Major Project
  • demonstrate clear benefits to an early- to mid-career researcher and/or clinical researcher
  • use a maximum of 2 years data unless this is retrospective
  • have realistic goals and scope

The Lead Investigator must:

  • be a staff member within the proposing university's faculty or school of veterinary science
  • be ranked at Level A-D (not E)
  • not be the lead on more than 2 projects at any given time
  • have at least 2 years' tenure to ensure the project is seen through to completion
  • be supported by at least one team member who also has 2 or more years' tenure

If you would like to discuss your project idea further then please contact your institution’s representative on VetCompass Australia’s Board or Steering Sub-committee.

Applications are now CLOSED

The next call for applications will be in March 2019.

Current projects

The Strategic Research Projects currently underway are listed here, along with the lead institution for each.

  • Predictors of desexing in cats presented to veterinarians in Australia – University of Sydney
  • The potential impact of heat-waves on the health status of dogs in the greater metropolitan region of Sydney – University of Sydney
  • Cardiovascular-renal disorders in cats – University of Melbourne
  • Assessment of the significance of incidental hepatic enzyme increases in routine biochemistry – University of Melbourne
  • Impact of cruciate ligament injury and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory use on risk of joint-associated tumour development in Australian dogs – University of Melbourne
  • Epidemiology of diabetes mellitus in dogs – University of Melbourne
  • Use of immune suppressive drugs in dogs in general practice – University of Melbourne
  • An investigation of neuter status and contraceptive management as risk factors for mammary tumours and urinary incontinence in bitches attending Australian veterinary practices – Murdoch University
  • Cranial Cruciate Disease in Dogs Attending Australian Veterinary Practices: Prevalence, Clinical Management and Outcome – Murdoch University
  • Kidney Injury in dogs after anaesthesia and surgery – Charles Sturt University
  • Prevalence and risk factors for periodontal disease in dogs and cats – Charles Sturt University
  • Interactions of dog and kangaroo populations: Traumatic wounds in dogs inflicted by kangaroos – Charles Sturt University
  • Effect of Apoquel on otitis externa and antibiotic use in patients with atopic dermatitis – University of Queensland
  • Use of prescriptive modelling to formulate action plans for research and clinical approaches to diseases presenting diagnostic challenges in companion animals – University of Queensland
  • Aetiology and prognosis for dog bites injuries in veterinary practice – University of Adelaide
  • Characterising use of imepitoin and phenobarbital in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy in first opinion veterinary practices in Australia – University of Adelaide
  • An investigation into the prevalence and risk factors associated with skin tumours in domestic dogs in Australia – James Cook University
  • Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID): Epidemiological characteristics and factors associated with clinical outcomes - University of Melbourne
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics utilised in mild equine asthma in Australian horses - Murdoch University
  • Retrospective evaluation of the clinical use of fresh frozen plasma in dogs in Australia - University of Queensland
  • Investigating prognosis including response to chemotherapy for canine splenic nodular hyperplasia and stromal sarcomas - University of Queensland

Additional Strategic Research Projects, connected with the current Major Research Projects, are also underway. These projects, along with the associated Major Projects, are as follows:

  • Epidemiological investigation of parasitic zoonoses (hookworm, hydatids, toxocariiasis/roundworm, giardia, toxoplasmosis) as reported by veterinary  practices in Australia – The burden of infectious diseases in Australian companion animals
  • Temporal and spatial occurrence of canine parvovirus-like cases in Australia, and the use of VetCompass Australia to track them – The burden of infectious diseases in Australian companion animals
  • Investigating the clinical prevalence of Cryptococcus in dogs and cats with respect to geographic climate – The burden of infectious diseases in Australian companion animals
  • The distribution of diabetes in Australian dogs – The natural history and impact of canine obesity
  • Prevalence and risk factors for obesity in dogs in Australia – The natural history and impact of canine obesity
  • Cluster - randomised controlled trial of antimicrobial stewardship on appropriate antimicrobial prescribing in Australian veterinary practices: A pilot – Antimicrobial use and effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship in companion animal veterinary clinics in Australia
  • Evaluation of antimicrobial use and prescribing behaviour in equine veterinary practice in Australia – Antimicrobial use and effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship in companion animal veterinary clinics in Australia


Student Research Projects

Find out more about the Student Research Projects.

Major Research Projects

Find out more about the Major Research Projects.