Dr Petra Buckley

Dr Petra Buckley

Petra graduated in Veterinary Science from Massey University, New Zealand in 1988. She completed her equine medicine and surgery internship with distinction (University of Sydney, 1991), followed by a residency in large animal medicine and surgery (University of Sydney, 1994). She was awarded a Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies in 1995 for her studies on fluid and electrolyte studies in horses with acute diarrhoea.

Petra then spent some time as Veterinary Officer with NSW Department of Primary Industries prior to joining Charles Sturt University in 1995. In 1998 Petra obtained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Equine Surgery. Since then, her interest in disease prevention has led to research involving equine internal parasites, stereotypies in stabled horses, tying up in Endurance horses, and re-homeing of brumbies among others. Most recently, she completed a longitudinal study of the Health and Performance of Pony Club horses, obtaining her PhD in Epidemiology in 2009 (UQ).

Petra has published in national and international journals, and recent topics include preventive horse health care, misbehaviour of Pony Club horses, owner perceptions of horse health and performance, effects of preconditioning on horse behaviour during learning a task, owner reported feeding patterns in Australian horses. Her particular interests are assisting the owners of horses in achieving optimal health and performance of their horses through prevention.

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Education Session

Practical worm control that ticks all the boxes

It is known that all grazing horses harbour internal parasites somewhere in their bodies. If burdens are kept low no harm is done to the horse and health remains unaffected. Unfortunately, over reliance on drenching has created some potentially deadly parasite problems for Australian horses. Given that attempts to annihilate the entire parasite population are no longer deemed safe for our horses, we need some urgent rethinking on how best to manage our horses to ensure we keep these parasites in check. This session delivers important scientific updates and practical hints on how to achieve a more sustainable approach to internal parasite control.

Thursday 15 November 12.00pm - 12.45pm Classroom, Royal Block