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 academics and veterinary clinicians. 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 proposals will only be considered if they:
The Lead Investigator must:
If you would like to discuss your project idea further then please contact your local representative on VetCompass Australia’s Board or Steering Sub-committee.
Step 1 Submit your project proposal to your local representative and follow any local instructions.
Step 2 Submit your application here by 9 pm (AEST) on Thursday 12th August 2021. (See the list of questions we will ask on the form so that you can have these prepared ahead of time.)
Step 3 The VCA Executive Board will consider applications at their meeting on Thursday 26th August 2021.
The Strategic Research Projects currently underway are listed here, along with the lead institution for each.
• 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
• Are we going to have to rename Queensland Itch? Epidemiological aspects of equine Culicoides hypersensitivity using the VetCompass Australia database. - University of Sydney
• 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
• Does geospatial mapping of feline asthma correlate with that of geospatial mapping of human asthma cases? - University of Sydney
• 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
• Investigating risk factors and geographical distribution of lymphoma and urothelial carcinoma in pet dogs for cancer prevention and decision support - 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
• Osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Fold cats - University of Sydney
• Predictors of desexing in cats presented to veterinarians in Australia - University of Sydney
• Prevalence and risk factors for degenerative joint disease in cats attending primary-care veterinary practices 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
• What is the site predilection of canine appendicular osteosarcomas in large breed dogs in Australia compared to studies in the United States? - University of Sydney
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: