Cattle Tick Study WA

Assessing the biosecurity risk of ticks and their pathogens in the cattle industry in Western Australia .

Project Overview

The overarching purpose of this study is to establish the preparedness and knowledge gaps of the WA cattle industry regarding the presence and spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases affecting cattle using innovative technology. This study will be achieved by a multidisciplinary approach bringing together a highly experienced team of veterinarians, epidemiologists, molecular biologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, industry partners, and large project management.

This innovative biosecurity pilot project is WA-focused using local experts with global expertise to:

  1. Develop a questionnaire to survey the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the cattle industry in Western Australia (WA) (cattle pastoralists, biosecurity officers, veterinarians) about biosecurity implications relating to ticks and tick-borne disease to help develop sustainable industry practice and enhance industry capability.

  2. Establish a baseline for the presence, distribution, and population structure of ticks on and adjacent to cattle farms, in addition to innovative molecular technologies to screen for bacterial and blood-borne parasites in ticks to improve cattle health and increase productivity and profitability.

Team

Charlotte Oskam

Dr Charlotte Oskam

Project Lead

Senior Lecturer - Anatomy

C.Oskam@murdoch.edu.au

Josh Aleri

Dr Josh Aleri

Co-Investigator

Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Medicine and Epidemiology

J.Aleri@murdoch.edu.au

Amanda Barbosa

Dr Amanda Barbosa

Co-Investigator

Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in Veterinary and Public Health

A.DuarteBarbosa@murdoch.edu.au

Shane Tobe

Dr Shane Tobe

Co-Investigator

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Shanan.Tobe@murdoch.edu.au

Tracy Kreplins

Dr Tracy Kreplins

Co-Investigator

Research Scientist at Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Sam Elliot

Sam Elliot

Research Assisstant

Murdoch University

sam.elliot@murdoch.edu.au

Xavier Barton

Xavier Barton

PhD Student

Murdoch University

x.barton@murdoch.edu.au

Partners

Contact Us

Email - cattletickstudy@gmail.com

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