Veterinary Sciences experts

Murdoch University’s veterinary science experts diagnose, treat and prevent disease and production problems in pets, farm animals, wildlife and laboratory animals. Murdoch has a large emergency animal hospital open to the public, and veterinarians often collaborate with the Perth Zoo in the treatment and study of their animals.

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Cristy Secombe

Dr Cristy Secombe

Equine medicine, equine endocrine and respiratory disease

Dr Cristy Secombe is a clinician at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University, senior lecturer and registered specialist in equine medicine.

Her clinical research is focused on equine endocrine disease and non infectious equine respiratory disease, namely equine asthma. She is also involved in collaborative developments of innovative teaching methods that can be used in numerous contexts.

Dr Secombe is very involved in the national professional body Equine Veterinarians Australia where she holds an executive position.
Michael Laurence

Dr Michael Laurence

Cattle and sheep health and welfare

Dr Laurence is a production animal vet/scientist with 20 years experience as a farm animal vet and a PhD in cattle breeding and genetics. His research focus in on improving animal welfare in Australian and overseas production systems and minimising post-surgical pain in domestic livestock. Dr Laurence is the section head of the Production Animal Medicine department in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This department provides farm animal veterinary services to Perth and regional farmers and owners of small holdings.
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Dr Melissa Claus

Veterinary critical care and veterinary emergencies

Dr Melissa Claus is a lecturer in small animal emergency medicine and critical care.

Her clinical interests include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pulmonary pathology, electrolyte disorders, and life-saving techniques involving extracorporeal circulation.

Dr Claus has published research on insulin therapy in cats with diabetic ketoacidosis, immunoglobulin content in cat milk and propylene glycol intoxication in dogs.

She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Florida and is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
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Associate Professor Mark Glyde

Small animal orthopaedics and neurosurgery

Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery, Mark Glyde, heads the Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Referral Service.

His main clinical interests are in lameness, minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery including arthroscopy and fracture repair, hip replacements and angular deformity correction. His main research interests are in fracture and implant biomechanics, particularly minimally invasive fracture repair.

Professor Glyde is actively involved in the provision of continuing education to veterinarians nationally and internationally and has presented courses in small animal orthopaedics in Europe, USA and Asia.
Peter Irwin

Professor Peter Irwin

Companion animal medicine; infectious and parasitic diseases of dogs and cats

 Professor Irwin is a registered specialist in medicine of dogs and a consultant at Murdoch University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. His area of clinical expertise is in the diagnosis of medical disorders of dogs and cats, particularly endocrine and neurological conditions.

Professor Irwin is also an internationally-recognised expert in the infectious and parasitic diseases of dogs and cats, notably vector-borne infections and tropical diseases of companion animals.

He is a founding member of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases, a member of the Canine Vector-Borne Disease World Forum, and was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award by the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association in 2005.

Cassandra Berry

Professor Cassandra Berry

Virus vaccines, flu virus

Professor Berry's research interests include the improvement viral vaccines for influenza. In particular she focuses on understanding the natural proteins of the human immune system, the interferons, which can help us make antibodies to protect against viruses. The use of interferons in vaccines is of great interest in order to design a universal vaccine inducing broadly neutralising antibodies to protect against different flu viruses.

Lisa Smart

Dr Lisa Smart

Pet Emergency Centre, veterinary critical care, artificial colloid fluid therapy

Dr Lisa Smart is a senior lecturer of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and is the Section Leader of the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital Critical Care service, which works closely with the Murdoch Pet Emergency Centre.

She is heavily involved in leading the emergency and critical care service of the hospital, which sees over 10,000 cases per year.

Her research interests include coagulation in small animal critical care, artificial colloid fluid therapy and lipid emulsion treatment of toxicoses. Her interests also extend to teaching methods in veterinary education and the effects of shift work on fatigue and the ability to learn.
David Murphy

Associate Professor David Murphy

Equine surgery, orthopaedics, joint disease

David Murphy is the Associate Professor in Equine Surgery at Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

His research is focused on orthopedics - evaluating the effects of growth factors and stem cells on tendon healing. He is also an expert in the treatment of equine joint disease, in particular the effects of corticosteroids on articular cartilage.

John Pluske

Professor John Pluske

Pig nutrition and physiology

Professor Pluske conducts research related to the nutrition and digestive physiology of pigs (particularly weanling pigs) but has also worked in a number of other monogastric species including dogs, horses and chickens.

His other research interests encompass alternatives to antimicrobials in piglet diets, the role of nutrition and the environment in modifying immune function and the gastrointestinal microbiota, feedstuff evaluation, and controlling enteric diseases in pigs without antimicrobials.

Professor Pluske is the Director of the Animal Research Institute at Murdoch University that aims to strategically unite, foster and grow animal-based research, postgraduate education and delivery to its stakeholders for the University.

The Institute represents a key collection of researchers in four core activities, namely production animal research, companion animal research, animal biosecurity and health, and wildlife biology and systems.

Kris Warren

Associate Professor Kris Warren

Conservation medicine

An expert in wildlife, avian and exotic pet medicine, Associate Professor Kris Warren is a senior lecturer and program chair in conservation medicine at Murdoch University.

She has worked as a veterinarian and researcher on an orang-utan re-introduction project in East Kalimantan, and conducted molecular research into infectious diseases and population genetics of Borneo orang-utans.

Associate Professor Warren is currently developing recovery initiatives for endangered species.

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