Student Research Projects

Veterinary Science students who succeed in securing one of these projects will have the opportunity to access and interrogate authentic data, helping to build analytical, research and clinical skills and knowledge. Each project will focus on aspects of a particular breed, and will contribute to, or result in, a peer-reviewed publication.

Available Projects

Students planning research projects as part of their DVM, BVSc or Honours programs are invited to engage with this exciting nationwide project. Using veterinary clinical data from VetCompass Australia, the studies will characterise different factors of individual breeds of dogs, cats or horses under veterinary care in Australia. At certain times, a further set of projects will be offered to determine the most common breeds for each species.

It is expected that research will be collated from the different streams of enquiry into a single report for submission to a journal. The projects dealing with the numbers of each breed will also be prepared for publication. Publications will benefit the students, universities, vets in practices, and the broader community.



  • code the data guided by a standard questionnaire
  • report on findings
  • work under supervision, within the bounds of the degree being completed
  • have the option to work individually or in teams


  • provide a supervisor and statistician
  • provide an academic champion to oversee and coordinate student work for publication (particularly important for bringing the three streams together)
  • invite members of the VetCompass Australia consortium who have contributed to the planning or delivery of a manuscript to be co-authors

VetCompass Australia

  • provides access to a steady stream of authentic data
  • coordinates of all aspects of the data collection, storage and management
  • conducts HREC administration
  • provides technical and project support for students and their supervisors

Current Breeds

Each university has the opportunity to select breeds annually. The current distribution of breeds is as follows:

Title of Project


Abyssinian University of Melbourne
Alaskan malamute University of Sydney
American Staffordshire terrier University of Melbourne
Australian cattle dog Murdoch University
Australian kelpie Murdoch University
Australian stockhorse Charles Sturt University
Beagle University of Queensland
Bengal Murdoch University
Bernese mountain dog Charles Sturt University
Bichon frise University of Melbourne
Birman University of Melbourne
Border collie Murdoch University
Boxer James Cook University
British bulldog University of Sydney
British shorthair University of Melbourne
Bull Terrier Charles Sturt University
Bullmastiff University of Sydney
Burmese University of Sydney
Cairn terrier University of Melbourne
Cavalier King Charles spaniel University of Sydney
Chihuahua University of Melbourne
Clydesdale Horse Charles Sturt University
Cocker spaniel University of Adelaide
Corgi University of Queensland
Cornish rex University of Adelaide
Dachshund University of Sydney
Dalmatian University of Adelaide
Devon rex Charles Sturt University
Dobermann Charles Sturt University
English springer spaniel University of Sydney
Fox terrier University of Sydney
French bulldog University of Sydney
German shepherd University of Queensland
German short-haired pointer Murdoch University
Golden retriever James Cook University
Great Dane University of Sydney
Greyhound James Cook University
Hungarian Vizsla University of Adelaide
Jack russell terrier University of Adelaide
Labrador retriever University of Melbourne
Lhasa apso University of Queensland
Maltese Charles Sturt University
Maremma sheepdog Charles Sturt University
Neapolitan mastiff James Cook University
Paint Horse Charles Sturt University
Persian University of Queensland
Pomeranian University of Adelaide
Poodle University of Melbourne
Pug University of Sydney
Quarterhorse University of Adelaide
Ragdoll University of Adelaide
Rhodesian ridgeback Murdoch University
Rottweiler University of Sydney
Russian blue University of Sydney
Schnauzer University of Queensland
Shar pei University of Melbourne
Shetland pony University of Queensland
Shetland sheepdog University of Adelaide
Shih Tzu University of Melbourne
Siamese Murdoch University
Siberian husky University of Queensland
Staffordshire bull terrier University of Melbourne
Standardbred Murdoch University
Tenterfield terrier Charles Sturt University
Thoroughbred University of Queensland
Tibetan spaniel University of Adelaide
Tonkinese Murdoch University
Weimaraner University of Queensland
Welsh pony and cob C&D Murdoch University
West highland white terrier University of Sydney
Whippet University of Adelaide



Strategic Research Projects


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Major Research Projects


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