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.

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Animal & veterinary bioscience projects

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Novel markers of animal emotion

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

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

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

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

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

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Animal comparative physiology

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

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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.

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Companion animal health projects

Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

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

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Does anxiety in dogs affect heart function?

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

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Analysis of online ads for pets

Honours project: Use data analysis and quantitative surveys to explore the numbers and types of ads for pets available online in Australia.

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Assessment of animal therapies

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

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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.

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Cancer in Australian dogs

Honours project: Explore cancer in dogs and develop a comprehensive picture of the prevalence of specific spontaneous mutations.

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Cat sensitivity to the insecticide permethrin

Honours project: Why are cats so sensitive to the insecticide permethrin, unlike other mammals and birds?

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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.

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Genetic survey: Inherited blood disorder in Pomeranian dogs

Honours project: Discover whether or not a defective gene is widespread in the Australian population of Pomeranian dogs.

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Equine health projects

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.

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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.

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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.

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Assessment of animal therapies

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

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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.

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Production animal health projects

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.

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Improving ovarian blood flow in pigs

Honours project: Determine whether nutritional supplementation with arginine prior to ovulation improves ovarian blood flow and oocyte quality in female pigs.

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Factors affecting embryo gender in production animals

Honours project: Investigate what factors affect the gender of cow, sheep and pig embryos.

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Maternal caffeine supplementation on thermoregulation & survival of new born lambs

Honours project: This project builds on our work in pigs demonstrating a positive effect of maternal caffeine supplementation on piglet survival and thermoregulation.

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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.

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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.

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Effect of colostrum components on ruminant health & performance

Honours project: Determine the best feeding strategy of newborn calves for lifetime production.

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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.

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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.

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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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Design & implement a sheep breeding program at Roseworthy

Honours project: Design a breeding program for the Roseworthy sheep flock and assist in its implementation.

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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.

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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.

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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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Trans-Tasman cattle maternal efficiency

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

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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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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.

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Sow conformation & performance

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

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Investigating the cause & 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.

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Maternal behaviour in Merino ewes & neuroendocrine parameters

Honours project: Determine relationships between maternal behaviour and neuroendocrine parameters in the Merino sheep.

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Improving survival of new born piglets & sow performance

Honours project: This research aims to increase the reproductive output of sows by increasing piglet survival using supplementary nutritional strategies in late gestation.

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Improving timing of farrowing

Honours project: Determine whether a longer-acting oxytocin will enhance the timing of parturition and survivability of neonatal pigs.

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Reducing sow pain & discomfort during farrowing: effects on lactation performance

Honours project: This study will employ corticosteroid and/or NSAID treatments to reduce stress with subsequent monitoring of farrowing performance, neonatal piglet viability, and pre-weaning growth rates.

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Pathobiology, infectious disease & public health

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.

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Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Can Emu Oil & Japanese Kampo medicine treat bowel cancer?

Honours project: Examine the impact of Emu Oil treatment, in combination with Japanese Kampo medicine, on mouse behaviour in a model of colitis-associated colorectal cancer.

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Role of Flii protein in colitis-associated colorectal cancer development

Honours project: Examine the effect of altered Flii gene levels on development of colitis-associated colorectal cancer in mice.

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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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Isolation & evaluation of protein pattern of koala retroviruses

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

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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.

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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.

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Exploring the interactions between Salmonella and Campylobacter species

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What's the best diet for a zebrafish?

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

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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.

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