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  • Recipient: Harsha Ariyarathna
  • Project Title: Evaluation of chemokine and chemokine receptor expression as prognostic markers for canine mammary gland tumours.
  • Publication:
    Chemokine gene expression influences metastasis and survival time of female dogs with mammary carcinoma
    Harsha Ariyarathna, Neroli Thomson, Danielle Aberdein, John S. Munday
    Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 227 (2020) 110075
  • Recipient: Heidi Ward-McGrath
  • Project Title: A pilot study to assess the effectiveness of totarol for the treatment of superficial bacterial skin infections in dogs.
  • Publication:
    Some observations on the treatment of superficial pyoderma in dogs with totarol, Companion Quarterly 32:4, 34-38
  • Recipient: Andrew Worth
  • Project Title: Does the angle of insertion of an calcaneo-tibial screw affect the resistance to cyclic failure in dogs – a cadaver study.
  • Publication:
    WVA 2020 Poster presentation
  • Recipient: John Munday
  • Project Title: Improving the treatment of feline oral squamous cell carcinomas by using immunohistochemistry to detect p16 and p53.
  • Publication:
    Increased p16CDKN2A, but not p53, immunostaining is predictive of longer survival time in cats with oral squamous cell carcinomas
    J.S. Munday, Yanyu Heb, D. Aberdeina, H.J. Klobukowskac
    The Veterinary Journal 248 (2019) 64–70
  • Recipient: Andrew Worth
  • Project Title: Genetic evaluation in four large dog breeds that have been selected for better Elbow conformation using the NZVA Elbow dysplasia (ED) scheme
  • Publication:
    M Soo, N Lopez-Villalobos & AJ Worth (2018)
    Heritabilities and genetic trends for elbow score as recorded by the New Zealand Veterinary Association Elbow Dysplasia Scheme (1992–2013) in four breeds of dog, New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 66:3, 154-161, DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2018.1440652
  • Recipient: Ben Leitch and Andrew Worth
  • Project Title: Evaluation of an epoxy resin connecting bar/clamp external skeletal fixator for feline long bone fractures.
  • Publication:
    BJ Leitch & AJ Worth (2018)
    Mechanical testing of a steel-reinforced epoxy resin bar and clamp for external skeletal fixation of long-bone fractures in cats
    New Zealand Veterinary Journal,66:3, 144-153
    DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2018.1443406


  • Recipient: David Wilkinson
  • Project Title: Assessment of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) carriage on New Zealand dogs.
  • Publication:
    Submitted to NZVJ, to be published
  • Recipient: Sarah Fowler
  • Project Title: Bacteriophage therapy in Companion Animals – a review and the future (authored by Richard Squires)
  • Publication:
    Bacteriophage therapy for management of bacterial infections in veterinary practice: what was once old is new again
    Squires RA
    New Zealand Veterinary Journal, Volume 66, Issue 5, pp 229-235, Sep 2018
  • Recipient: Kavitha Kongara
  • Project Title: Evaluation of analgesic interaction between morphine, maropitant and dexmedetomidine in dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy
  • Publication:
    Submitted to NZVJ, to be published
  • Recipient: Arnon Gal
  • Project Title: Comparison of bone marrow biopsy diagnostic quality for samples taken from different sites
  • Publication:
    Oral Presentation on "The site of bone marrow acquisition affects the myeloid to erythroid ratio in apparently healthy dogs" to European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology,
    16 September 2017
  • Recipient: Allan Bell
  • Project Title: Investigating the role of delta toxin from Staphylococcus psuedointermedius in canine dermatitis.
  • Publication:
    "Canine mast cell degranulation induced by a newly identified toxin from Staphylococcus pseudintermedius"
    Abstract accepted for presentation at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF) in Orlando, Florida.
    April, 2017.



  • Recipient: Els Acke
  • Project Title: Exploring the virulence of Campylobacter spp. using Galleria mellonella and whole genomes
  • Publication:
    Pathogenicity investigation of Campylobacter jejuni, C. upsaliensis and C. helveticus isolated from dogs and cats using Galleria mellonella larvae.
    Bojanic K. ECVIMCA Abstracts ESCG-P-2
    Pathogenicity of Campylobacter jejuni, C. upsaliensis and C. helveticus in the invertebrate disease model Galleria mellonella
    Bojanic, K., Midwinter, A.C., Biggs< P.J., Marshall J.C., Acke
    E. Campylobacter, Helicobacter & Related Organisms (CHRO) 18th International Workshop
  • Recipient: Kavitha Kongara
  • Project Title: Comparative effects of methadone, buprenorphine and morphine on electroencephalographic responses to castration in cats
  • Publication:
    Planned manuscript. Comparative effects of methadone, buprenorphine and morphine on electroencephalographic responses to castration in cats.
    Kongara K., Johnson C.B., Sawicki R.
    Journal of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2016
  • Recipient: Alison Stickney
  • Project Title: Does Fel-O-Vax vaccine induce cross reactive immunity against NZ FIV isolates?
  • Publication:
    Alison is currently working on part two of this study and intends to publish the entire study once this is concluded.
  • Recipient: Alison Harland
  • Project Title: Epidemiology of Leptospirosis infection in New Zealand dogs.
  • Publication:
    Epidemiology of Canine Leptospirosis in New Zealand. Masters Thesis available from Massey University Library.
    NZVJ publication pending.


  • Recipient: Helen Sheard
  • Project Title: A survey of farm dog health with relation to farm & management practices
  • Publication:
    CAS Newsletter, Volume 25, Issue 3, Sep 2014


  • Recipient: Joanna White
  • Project Title: Incidence & prevalence of bacteriuria in older cats.
  • Publication:
    Incidence and prevalence of asymptomatic bacterial urinary tract infections in healthy older cats.
    J. White, N. Cave, D. Thomas.
    Abstract presented to ACVIM 2013


  • Recipient: Kara Dawson
  • Project Title: A pilot study to estimate seroprevalence of Bartonella hensalae in shelter cats in Hamilton, NZ
  • Publication:
    CAS Newsletter, volume 21, Issue 4, pp 16-18, December 2010.
  • Recipient: Connie Stewart and Mark Robson
  • Project Title: Current attitudes to, and use of, FIV vaccination by vets in NZ.
  • Publication:
    CAS Newsletter, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp16-22, Sep 2013.



  • Recipient: Richard Jerram and Alex Walker
  • Project Title: Pancarpal arthrodesis in New Zealand working dogs: a prospective study.
  • Publication:
    Prospective evaluation of pancarpal arthrodesis for carpal injuries in working dogs in New Zealand, using dorsal hybrid plating.
    R.M. Jerram, A.M. Walker, A.J. Worth, R. Kuipers von Lan