News: Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Animal and veterinary bioscience

Reptile welfare assessment tool development

Ecotourism sea turtles

Honours project: Husbandry of reptiles is complex; signs of pain or disease can be challenging to recognise, and behaviour is not always well understood. This project will build on preliminary work in developing a practical welfare assessment tool for captive reptiles.

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Stockpersons' knowledge of Codes of Practice in the pig industry

Piglets at Roseworthy campus

Honours project: Undertake qualitative research methods to determine farmer awareness and knowledge of a range of secondary legislative documents pertaining to the pig industry.

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Working with animals: Knowledge of delegated legislation in biomedical research

Lab mouse

Honours project: Undertake qualitative research methods to determine personnel awareness and knowledge of a range of secondary legislative documents pertaining to the use of animals in research.

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Do gut microbes promote migratory fattening in shorebirds?

Chicken, Roseworthy campus

Honours project: Determine if gut microbes promote migratory fattening in shorebirds, using commercial broiler chickens as a model.

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Novel markers of animal emotion

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Honours project: Can differential expression of microRNA’s distinguish valence of emotional state?

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Genetic mutations associated with skin & wool growth in sheep

Animal science sheep

Honours project: Identify genetic mutations in sheep DSC1 & DSG4 genes essential for skin and wool follicle architecture.

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Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

Beef marbling

Honours project: Identify genes controlling the deposition of the intramuscular fat (that is, marbling) in beef cattle to better understand fat metabolism and to provide genetic markers for selection to improve beef quality.

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Imprinting status of type III iodothyronine deiodinase in cattle as QTL candidate for birthweight

Iodothyronine deiodinase Betsy Smartt [CC0]

Honours project: Explore the bovine genetics and analyse the affect of specific genes on birthweight in a Droughtmaster resource population.

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Mitochondrial DNA haplotype & response to placental restriction in sheep

Stefan Hiendleder

Honours project: Determine effects of mitochondrial DNA haplotype on extent and response to placental restriction in sheep.

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Animal comparative physiology

Kangaroo, Cleland

Honours project: Study animal and bird physiology, how animals function and how function evolves.

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