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.

Do you work in the cattle industry? 🐄

We invite you to partake in the Survey: “A knowledge, attitudes, and practice (KAP) survey on ticks and tick-borne diseases among the cattle industry in Western Australia.?”

Benefits and Risks of Participating in this Study

Your contribution will give the livestock industry an insight into the current knowledge base on ticks and TBD in Western Australia and also provide an opportunity to develop further continuing education regarding the identification and prevention of exotic ticks and tick-borne diseases affecting Australian cattle.

Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal from the Study

Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and your answers are anonymous. You may withdraw at any time without discrimination or prejudice simply by not completing the survey.

If you are willing to consent to participate in this study, click on the link provided below to complete the questionnaire. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please answer all questions honestly and individually.

Thank you for your assistance with this research project.

Study approved by the Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval 2023/016)


Charlotte Oskam

A/Prof Charlotte Oskam

Project Lead

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Josh Aleri

Dr Josh Aleri


Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Medicine and Epidemiology

Amanda Barbosa

Dr Amanda Barbosa


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

Shane Tobe

Dr Shane Tobe


Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Tracy Kreplins

Dr Tracy Kreplins


Research Scientist at Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Sam Elliot

Sam Elliot

Research Assisstant

Murdoch University

Xavier Barton

Xavier Barton

PhD Student

Murdoch University


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