News: School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Student-led STEM research and technology on show

Faculty of Sciences Communication Award winners, from left, Mistrel Fetzer Boegheim (1st), Vinuri Silva and Sophie Dolling (2nd), equal third Chris Keneally and Julia Pilowsky.

Emerging scientists showcase their research at Ingenuity, University of Adelaide’s annual interactive expo of STEM projects.

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Buying bats on eBay? Your health could be at risk

Bat specimen preserved in a wooden box, sold on Ebay

New research on the trade of exotic animals explores the public health risks and the impact on animal populations and forest ecosystems.

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Breakthrough AgTech to improve lamb meat quality

AgTech scanning intramuscular fat in lamb

In the sheep meat industry, the amount of intramuscular fat is a key indicator of eating quality, but can be particularly difficult to measure in lamb carcases, which are not individually graded.. until now.

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How did sugar-eating birds co-evolve with plants that produce nectar?

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) feeding on nectar of Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes). Photograph by Todd J. McWhorter.

Research led by the University of Adelaide has shown, for the first time, that the digestive systems of nectar-eating birds co-evolved with the nectar-composition in flowers.

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Even koalas need a virus PCR test

Koala photo by Tamsyn Stephenson

Animal scientists have refined a test to more accurately detect viruses in koalas.

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Studying veterinary bioscience online at the University of Adelaide

Christina vet bio student

Meet Christina, a University of Adelaide veterinary bioscience student studying remotely from Hong Kong.

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Survey: How do you interact with your cat?

Cat hug Image by Markus Lehmann via Pixabay

Animal behaviour researchers want to hear from people who own a cat to learn more about our feline friends and how we interact with them.

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Snakes need to stretch, scientists say

University of Adelaide animal behaviour student Harry Kent with Lizzie the pet spotted python (Antaresia maculosa). Image by Kenty's Wildlife.

Minimum enclosure sizes for snakes in captivity should enable them to stretch out fully, say animal welfare experts.

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What makes vets feel good at work?

Roseworthy vet students

Researchers investigate the positive side of veterinary work and what brings vets pleasure in their job.

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