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Honours in Animal Science

As an animal science honours student you become a member of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and part of a research group.

The school has a range of industry, research and teaching partners. These partnerships will assist you in gaining industry experience and in developing contacts within your areas of chosen specialisation. The school is also involved in various cooperative research centres and research that spans across the University of Adelaide.

Honours in animal science

Facilities and training opportunities

The school is based at Roseworthy campus, although not all honours projects are based there. 

The labs have advanced scientific instrumentation for analytical research, while the Roseworthy Farm gives access to animal research facilities. The Veterinary Health Centre houses veterinary clinics and hospitals for companion, equine and production animals, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, teaching laboratories and skills suites.

Honours projects

Supervisors with available animal science projects have been added to the 'honours project finder'. If you are interested in their research you should talk with the respective supervisors to discuss potential projects.

If you are interested in a particular area of research that's not included, talk with the honours coordinator to discuss other opportunities to develop an honours project.

Browse all Animal Science projects

 

Subthemes

Animal & veterinary bioscience projects

Koala health and disease in South Australia

Honours project: Join the Koala Health Research Group and contribute to key research to improve the health of current and future animal populations.

Read more about Koala health and disease in South Australia

Evaluating vaccine response in sheep

Honours project: Evaluate the efficacy of a Mycoplasma vaccine to produce an immune response in sheep.

Read more about Evaluating vaccine response in sheep

Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

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.

Read more about Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

Use of local anaesthesia for lamb marking

Honours project: Evaluate the efficacy and adoption of Numnuts, a local anaesthetic used on sheep.

Read more about Use of local anaesthesia for lamb marking

Water restriction practices in broiler breeder hens: effect on egg albumen composition

Honours project: Determine the effects of maternal water restriction on egg development by investigating key proteins in the albumen of fertile chicken eggs which are vital for the survival and growth of the chicken embryo.

Read more about effect on egg albumen composition

Novel markers of animal emotion

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

Read more about Novel markers of animal emotion

Genetic mutations associated with skin & wool growth in sheep

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

Read more about Genetic mutations associated with skin & wool growth in sheep

Reptile welfare assessment tool development

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.

Read more about Reptile welfare assessment tool development

Stockpersons' knowledge of Codes of Practice in the pig industry

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

Read more about Stockpersons' knowledge of Codes of Practice in the pig industry

Working with animals: Knowledge of delegated legislation in biomedical research

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.

Read more about Knowledge of delegated legislation in biomedical research

Do gut microbes promote migratory fattening in shorebirds?

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

Read more about Do gut microbes promote migratory fattening in shorebirds?

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

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

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

Mitochondrial DNA haplotype & response to placental restriction in sheep

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

Read more about Mitochondrial DNA haplotype & response to placental restriction in sheep

Animal comparative physiology

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

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Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Honours project: Determine whether sheep prefer to associate with other individuals that are similar in their behavioural type, and whether this results in an assortative social network structure.

Read more about Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Digestive tract health in Yellowtail Kingfish

Honours project: Better understand the effects of an emulsifier and different energy levels and on the digestive tract health of Yellowtail Kingfish.

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Lipid metabolism in Yellowtail Kingfish

Honours project: Investigate lipid metabolism in Yellowtail Kingfish fed different energy diets, with and without an emulsifier at winter water temperatures.

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Digestive tract health of greenlip abalone

Honours project: Explore the dietary inclusions of solvent extracted soybean meal and dehulled lupin meal  in abalone diets.

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Grape marc meal effect on digestive tract health of greenlip abalone

Honours project: Interpret the effect of dietary inclusions of grape marc meal on the digestive tract health of greenlip abalone.

Read more about Grape marc meal effect on digestive tract health of greenlip abalone

Animal behaviour

Nutrition & collective movement in the Australian plague locust

Honours project: Investigate the movement of plague locusts using laboratory and field experiments.

Read more about Nutrition & collective movement in the Australian plague locust

Acoustic communication in alpacas

Honours project: Investigate how alpacas communicate in the context of its group’s social behaviour.

Read more about Acoustic communication in alpacas

Reptile welfare assessment tool development

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.

Read more about Reptile welfare assessment tool development

Novel markers of animal emotion

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

Read more about Novel markers of animal emotion

Evaluate changes in the cognitive ability of sheep due to disease development

Honours project: This project involves developing cognitive and behavioural tests in sheep to evaluate disease phenotypes.

Read more about Evaluate changes in the cognitive ability of sheep due to disease development

Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Honours project: Determine whether sheep prefer to associate with other individuals that are similar in their behavioural type, and whether this results in an assortative social network structure.

Read more about Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Does anxiety in dogs affect heart function?

Honours project: Determine if there are links between anxiety in dogs and heart function.

Read more about Does anxiety in dogs affect heart function?

Assessment of animal therapies

Honours project: Conduct research into animal assisted interventions and activities in dogs and horses.

Read more about Assessment of animal therapies

Australian zeolite for ammonia control in aquarium fish tanks

Honours project: Study the effects of 'in water and 'in feed' application of zeolite powder for the control of ammonia in aquarium fish display tanks.

Read more about Australian zeolite for ammonia control in aquarium fish tanks

Physical enrichment of zebrafish held for research

Honours project: Validate methods for assessing stress in Zebrafish before comparing tanks of fish with and without environmental enrichment.

Read more about Physical enrichment of zebrafish held for research

Veterinary neurological disorders

Honours project: Opportunities exist for honours projects in the areas of veterinary neurological disorders and animal models of human neurological diseases.

Read more about Veterinary neurological disorders

Efficacy of Trazodone to reduce anxiety in shelter dogs

Honours project: Study the efficacy of Trazodone as an anxiolytic in shelter dogs and an evaluation of possible haematological and biochemical changes.

Read more about Efficacy of Trazodone to reduce anxiety in shelter dogs

Companion animal health projects

In vitro maturation of canine oocytes

Honours project: Determine the effects of different in vitro maturation (IVM) conditions on the developmental competence of canine oocytes.

Read more about In vitro maturation of canine oocytes

Cat sensitivity to the insecticide permethrin

Honours project: Why are cats so sensitive to the insecticide permethrin?

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Genetic survey: Why does my Pomeranian dog have a blue tongue?

Honours project: Investigate the prevalence of a defective gene in the Australian population of Pomeranian dogs.

Read more about Why does my Pomeranian dog have a blue tongue?

Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

Honours project: Undertake a survey to examine the prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia.

Read more about Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

Does anxiety in dogs affect heart function?

Honours project: Determine if there are links between anxiety in dogs and heart function.

Read more about Does anxiety in dogs affect heart function?

Assessment of animal therapies

Honours project: Conduct research into animal assisted interventions and activities in dogs and horses.

Read more about Assessment of animal therapies

Efficacy of Trazodone to reduce anxiety in shelter dogs

Honours project: Study the efficacy of Trazodone as an anxiolytic in shelter dogs and an evaluation of possible haematological and biochemical changes.

Read more about Efficacy of Trazodone to reduce anxiety in shelter dogs

Equine health projects

Antioxidant status and equine gastric ulceration syndrome

Honours project: Study the effect of a new supplement on oxidant / antioxidant balance in horses with and without gastric ulcers.

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Equine athletic performance

Honours project: Study the causes of poor performance in equine athletes.

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Prevalence & significance of lameness in sports horses

Honours project: Conduct research into the prevalence and significance of lameness in sports horses in training and/or competition.

Read more about Prevalence & significance of lameness in sports horses

Temporal variability of lameness in horses kept on pasture

Honours project: Investigate the temporal variability of objectively detected lameness in horses kept on pasture and not subjected to controlled exercise.

Read more about Temporal variability of lameness in horses kept on pasture

Equine lameness & biomechanics

Honours project: Define the potential detrimental effect of the surgical transection of the palmar annular volar ligament on the inter-sesamoid ligament of athletic horses.

Read more about Equine lameness & biomechanics

Assessment of animal therapies

Honours project: Conduct research into animal assisted interventions and activities in dogs and horses.

Read more about Assessment of animal therapies

Potential for bacteriophages to control Rhodococcus equi infections in foals

Honours project: Help find a cure for Rhodococcus equi, a zoonotic infection in grazing animals such as horses and foals.

Read more about Potential for bacteriophages to control Rhodococcus equi infections in foals

Production animal health projects

Impact of thermal environment and melatonin on animal body temperature and reproduction

Honours project: Research opportunities are available to investigate how body temperature variation in pigs and sheep impact reproduction.

Read more about Impact of thermal environment and melatonin on animal body temperature and reproduction

Evaluating vaccine response in sheep

Honours project: Evaluate the efficacy of a Mycoplasma vaccine to produce an immune response in sheep.

Read more about Evaluating vaccine response in sheep

Use of local anaesthesia for lamb marking

Honours project: Evaluate the efficacy and adoption of Numnuts, a local anaesthetic used on sheep.

Read more about Use of local anaesthesia for lamb marking

Lactation oestrus and breeding in sows

Honours project: Efficacy of a modified gonadotrophin protocol for oestrus and ovulation in lactation
Lactation oestrus and breeding in sows.

Read more about Lactation oestrus and breeding in sows

Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

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.

Read more about Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

Investigating the cause and prevention of red gut in lambs grazing lucerne

Honours project: Identify factors contributing to the incidence of red gut in lambs grazing lucerne, and develop strategies to prevent red gut from occurring.

Read more about Investigating the cause and prevention of red gut in lambs grazing lucerne

Maternal supplementation to improve lamb survival

Honours project: Test the level of caffeine supplementation fed to outdoor, semi-intensive grazing ewes during late gestation.

Read more about Maternal supplementation to improve lamb survival

Acoustic communication in alpacas

Honours project: Investigate how alpacas communicate in the context of its group’s social behaviour.

Read more about Acoustic communication in alpacas

Improving sheep reproduction via pregnancy scanning

Honours project: Undertake research that aims to increase lambing percentages through better use of pregnancy scanning technology.

Read more about Improving sheep reproduction via pregnancy scanning

Transmission of Salmonella from broiler breeder to progeny

Honours project: This animal science project aims to understand the prevalence of Salmonella in meat type breeder flocks and their progenies.

Read more about Transmission of Salmonella from broiler breeder to progeny

Water restriction practices in broiler breeder hens: effect on egg albumen composition

Honours project: Determine the effects of maternal water restriction on egg development by investigating key proteins in the albumen of fertile chicken eggs which are vital for the survival and growth of the chicken embryo.

Read more about effect on egg albumen composition

Stockpersons' knowledge of Codes of Practice in the pig industry

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

Read more about Stockpersons' knowledge of Codes of Practice in the pig industry

Evaluate changes in the cognitive ability of sheep due to disease development

Honours project: This project involves developing cognitive and behavioural tests in sheep to evaluate disease phenotypes.

Read more about Evaluate changes in the cognitive ability of sheep due to disease development

Mitochondrial DNA haplotype & response to placental restriction in sheep

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

Read more about Mitochondrial DNA haplotype & response to placental restriction in sheep

Effect of inoculation of the neonatal ruminant with foreign microbiota

Honours project: Analyse the effect of inoculation of neonatal lambs with known populations of rumen microbes on the development of the innate immune system.

Read more about Effect of inoculation of the neonatal ruminant with foreign microbiota

Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Honours project: Determine whether sheep prefer to associate with other individuals that are similar in their behavioural type, and whether this results in an assortative social network structure.

Read more about Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Trans-Tasman cattle maternal efficiency

Honours project: Explore genetic selection strategies for maternal productivity in Angus and Hereford cattle in Australia and New Zealand.

Read more about Trans-Tasman cattle maternal efficiency

Optimising fodder beet grazing management for beef cattle

Honours project: Investigate the stocking rates, allocation of leaf and bulb and daily allocation of beets and the effect that changes in these parameters have on cattle performance.

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Managing diurnal changes in rumen pH of cattle grazing fodder beet

Honours project: Increase our knowledge of the extent of rumen pH fluctuations in cattle grazing fodder beet long-term.

Read more about Managing diurnal changes in rumen pH of cattle grazing fodder beet

Sow conformation & performance

Honours project: Determine the relationship between sow conformation (assessed at gilt selection) and performance over four parities.

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Genetics of lamb survival

Honours project: Examine the genetic relationship between birth weight and lamb survival in a research flock.

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Cattle colostrum programming for a healthy life

Honours project: Compare the biological and molecular effects on a calf of receiving colostrum from its natural mother, from a different cow or not receiving colostrum at all.

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Thermal imaging of lamb temperature to help boost survival

Honours project: This project aims to assess lamb body temperature using thermography as an indirect selection criterion for genetically improving its survival.

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Detecting Huntington's disease using naturally occurring compounds in the breath

Honours project: Identify volatile organic compounds from exhaled breath for early diagnosis of Huntington’s disease using a sheep model.

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Growth signalling pathways acting on the intestinal stem cell

Honours project: This project aims to access activity of positive and negative signalling pathways that act on intestinal stem cells in pigs.

Read more about Growth signalling pathways acting on the intestinal stem cell

Impact of birth trauma on piglet mortality

Honours project: Are lesions indicative of birth trauma present on still-born piglets? If so, are these lesions are also present on piglets dying from other causes.

Read more about Impact of birth trauma on piglet mortality

Factors affecting fertility of female pigs

Honours project: Study the effect of maternal parity and suckled litter size on sexual development of female pigs.

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Genomics of tropical composite beef cattle

Honours project: Work on a project to improve the accuracy of breeding value estimation in a commercial breeding program.

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Pathobiology, infectious disease & public health

In vitro maturation of canine oocytes

Honours project: Determine the effects of different in vitro maturation (IVM) conditions on the developmental competence of canine oocytes.

Read more about In vitro maturation of canine oocytes

Transmission of Salmonella from broiler breeder to progeny

Honours project: This animal science project aims to understand the prevalence of Salmonella in meat type breeder flocks and their progenies.

Read more about Transmission of Salmonella from broiler breeder to progeny

A sweet treat? Salmonella in raw egg based desserts

Honours project: Combine your interest in food science, animal science and biomedical science by investigating the the behaviour of Salmonella in mousse, tiramisu, and custard.

Read more about A sweet treat? Salmonella in raw egg based desserts

Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

Honours project: Undertake a survey to examine the prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia.

Read more about Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

Occurrence & distribution of ticks in South Australia

Honours project: Outbreaks of the tick-transmitted parasitic disease Theileriosis in South Australia has raised questions regarding the presence of the tick vector.

Read more about Occurrence & distribution of ticks in South Australia

Effect of inoculation of the neonatal ruminant with foreign microbiota

Honours project: Analyse the effect of inoculation of neonatal lambs with known populations of rumen microbes on the development of the innate immune system.

Read more about Effect of inoculation of the neonatal ruminant with foreign microbiota

Pathogenesis of newly emerged Newcastle disease virus in South East Asia

Honours project: Investigate molecular basis of pathogenicity of the Newcastle disease virus and provide preliminary information to develop new vaccines for protection of poultry in Indonesia.

Read more about Pathogenesis of newly emerged Newcastle disease virus in South East Asia

Evaluation of monoclonal antibodies in detection of avian influenza antigens

Honours project: Evaluate different recombinant and non-recombinant monoclonal antibodies against M2e antigen of avian influenza virus, to find the most reactive antigens and antibodies

Read more about Evaluation of monoclonal antibodies in detection of avian influenza antigens

Viable, but non-culturable bacteria: Understanding the risks for food safety

Honours project: This project aims to determine the ability of viable but non culturable bacteria to cause disease.

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Full genome sequencing of recombinant strains of canine hepatitis

Honours project: Full genome sequencing will be performed to find the genomic structure of a new infectious canine hepatitis virus.

Read more about Full genome sequencing of recombinant strains of canine hepatitis

Australian zeolite for ammonia control in aquarium fish tanks

Honours project: Study the effects of 'in water and 'in feed' application of zeolite powder for the control of ammonia in aquarium fish display tanks.

Read more about Australian zeolite for ammonia control in aquarium fish tanks

Isolation & evaluation of protein pattern of koala retroviruses

Honours project: Determine the antigenic pattern of isolated Koala retroviruses in South Australia.

Read more about Isolation & evaluation of protein pattern of koala retroviruses

Exploring the interactions between Salmonella and Campylobacter species

Honours project: Characterise both intra- and intercellular interactions between Salmonella and Campylobacter.

Read more about Exploring the interactions between Salmonella and Campylobacter species

Histopathology in Pacific oyster health surveillance

Honours project: Look for health and signs of disease in Coffin Bay oysters, and develop the procedures for a statewide oyster health surveillance program.

Read more about Histopathology in Pacific oyster health surveillance

Physical enrichment of zebrafish held for research

Honours project: Validate methods for assessing stress in Zebrafish before comparing tanks of fish with and without environmental enrichment.

Read more about Physical enrichment of zebrafish held for research

What's the best diet for a zebrafish?

Honours project: Develop diet recipes for a variety of life stages of zebrafish.

Read more about What's the best diet for a zebrafish?

Efficacy of commercial transport media swabs for use in aquatic animal disease diagnosis

Honours project: Investigate the appropriateness of commercially available transport media for pathogenic marine bacteria isolated from diseased fish.

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Heavy metal resistance in E. coli isolated from pigs

Honours project: Explore resistance to heavy metals in an Australia-wide collection of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) isolated from pigs.

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Heavy metal resistance in carbapenem-resistant bacteria

Honours project: Mechanisms of heavy metal resistance in carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae isolated from humans, animals and the environment.

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Veterinary neurological disorders

Honours project: Opportunities exist for honours projects in the areas of veterinary neurological disorders and animal models of human neurological diseases.

Read more about Veterinary neurological disorders

Xenobiotic metabolism in Australian marsupials

Honours project: Investigate the dietary effect of eucalyptus terpenes on drug metabolising enzyme CYPs and UGTs in Australian marsupials.

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Potential for bacteriophages to control Rhodococcus equi infections in foals

Honours project: Help find a cure for Rhodococcus equi, a zoonotic infection in grazing animals such as horses and foals.

Read more about Potential for bacteriophages to control Rhodococcus equi infections in foals