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.

Projects 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
  • are led by someone within the proposing university’s Veterinary Science, ranked at Level A-D (not E)
  • use a maximum of 2 years data unless this is retrospective
  • have realistic goals and scope

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.

The next general selection round will be in early 2018.

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

 Additional Strategic Research Projects, connected with the Major Research Projects are also underway.

Student Research Projects

Find out more about the Student Research Projects.

Major Research Projects

Find out more about the Major Research Projects.