Disease outbreaks in wild and domestic animals can threaten populations or species, reduce the productivity of livestock and present risk to human health. Animals are a major source of new infectious diseases in humans, and global climate change is shifting the range of many vector-borne illnesses. 

UQ Science supports more than 110 biologists, molecular biologists and veterinary or environmental scientists within this research theme.

Our world-renowned clinicians and researchers work together to improve the health and welfare of animals and mitigate the effects of pests and diseases on nature, agriculture and society.

 

Research impacts

Cattle contraceptive provides welfare-friendly solution

A three-year School of Veterinary Science project is on track to produce an inexpensive, welfare-friendly cattle contraceptive vaccine with capacity to boost productivity in northern breeding herds. Researchers are testing several naturally-occurring and synthetic proteins in a slow-release 12-month vaccine for female cattle. They say this vaccine type will cut treatment times for producers, reduce cattle stress, cut potential losses from surgical spaying and address animal welfare concerns about current sterilisation procedures.

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Impact case study 3

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