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 OPEN - check with your local representative for closing dates

We are now accepting applications to conduct Strategic Research Projects, including those that are directly associated with and support the current Major Projects.

If you have a research topic that you would like to investigate using VetCompass Australia data, this is your opportunity. Submit your project proposal using the online form by the deadline given by your school, following the processes they set out. Note that you will need to abide by your local selection requirements including local deadlines for submission.

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Applications, once approved by your school, must be submitted online by 13th May 2019 at midnight AEST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Current projects

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

  • Aetiology and prognosis for dog bites injuries in veterinary practice - University of Adelaide
  • An investigation into the prevalence and risk factors associated with skin tumours in domestic dogs in Australia - James Cook University
  • 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
  • Assessment of the significance of incidental hepatic enzyme increases in routine biochemistry - University of Melbourne
  • Cardiovascular-renal disorders in cats - University of Melbourne
  • Characterising use of imepitoin and phenobarbital in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy in first opinion veterinary practices in Australia - University of Adelaide
  • Cranial Cruciate Disease in Dogs Attending Australian Veterinary Practices: Prevalence, Clinical Management and Outcome - Murdoch University
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics utilised in mild equine asthma in Australian horses - Murdoch University
  • Effect of Apoquel on otitis externa and antibiotic use in patients with atopic dermatitis - University of Queensland
  • Epidemiology of diabetes mellitus in dogs - University of Melbourne
  • Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID): Epidemiological characteristics and factors associated with clinical outcomes - University of Melbourne
  • Identifying environmental and spatial risk factors for tick paralysis in domestic dogs (integrating TickAlert: development of an integrated early warning surveillance platform for tick-borne illness) - University of Sydney
  • Impact of cruciate ligament injury and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory use on risk of joint-associated tumour development in Australian dogs - University of Melbourne
  • Interactions of dog and kangaroo populations: traumatic wounds in dogs inflicted by kangaroos - Charles Sturt University
  • Investigating prognosis including response to chemotherapy for canine splenic nodular hyperplasia and stromal sarcomas - University of Queensland
  • Kidney Injury in dogs after anaesthesia and surgery - Charles Sturt University
  • Lower urinary tract signs (LUTS) in Australian cats attending first-opinion veterinary practices: prevalence, cause, risk factors and comorbidities - Murdoch University
  • Machine learning for early prediction of kidney disease in cats - University of Melbourne
  • Mapping Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Australian Pets - University of Adelaide
  • Mortality resulting from undesirable behaviours in dogs aged under three years attending primary-care veterinary practices in Australia - University of Sydney
  • Predictors of desexing in cats presented to veterinarians in Australia - University of Sydney
  • Prevalence and risk factors for periodontal disease in dogs and cats - Charles Sturt University
  • Retrospective evaluation of the clinical use of fresh frozen plasma in dogs in Australia - University of Queensland
  • The impact of surgical sterilization on the incidence of primary malignant bone tumours in Australian dogs - James Cook University
  • The potential impact of heat-waves on the health status of dogs in the greater metropolitan region of Sydney - University of Sydney
  • Use of immune suppressive drugs in dogs in general practice - University of Melbourne
  • Use of prescriptive modelling to formulate action plans for research and clinical approaches to diseases presenting diagnostic challenges in companion animals - University of Queensland
  • Use of proton pump inhibitors in small animal general practice - University of Melbourne

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:

  • 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
  • The rationale, duration and choice of antimicrobial agents used during chemotherapy in canine and feline patients in Australia. – Antimicrobial use and effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship in companion animal veterinary clinics in Australia
  • 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
  • The use of VetCompass Australia to track canine parvovirus-like cases in Australia and temporal and spatial occurrence of canine parvovirus-like cases in Australia – 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
  • Identification of infectious risk factors on the prevalence of canine prostate cancer. – The burden of infectious diseases in Australian companion animals
  • Investigation into prevalence of urinary tract infections in the Australian dog population – The burden of infectious diseases in Australian companion animals
  • Prevalence and risk factors for obesity in dogs in Australia – The natural history and impact of canine obesity

 

Student Research Projects

Find out more about the Student Research Projects.

Major Research Projects

Find out more about the Major Research Projects.