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Thermal imaging of lamb temperature to help boost survival

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


Thermography has been correlated with core and local body temperature of various animal species. It has been also used to estimate stress in pigs.

The effect of stress and core body temperature on lamb survival as estimated by thermography has not been attempted previously.

Key methodology: Thermography of newborn lambs using a digital thermal imaging camera, correlating it with more conventional recording of core temperature via a rectal thermometer.

Forbes Brien


Associate Professor Forbes Brien

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Kiro Petrovski

Research area: Production animal health; ruminant science

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition