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.


Charlotte Oskam

Dr Charlotte Oskam

Project Lead

Senior Lecturer - Anatomy

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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