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Associate Professor Rob Woodgate


Head of School, School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences / Associate Professor in Veterinary Parasitology
Wagga Wagga
Building 229 Room 115

Rob Woodgate is a veterinarian with more than 25 years of experience in livestock health, production and research involving production systems in Mediterranean, non-seasonal rainfall and temperate, summer rainfall environments. He has more than 20 years of experience in field and laboratory parasitology of livestock in several states across Australia, including considerable experience in the diagnosis and treatment of parasites of sheep, cattle, goats, horses, dogs and cats.

Rob also has extensive skills and experience facilitating communication and practice change at all levels of the livestock industries. Communication stakeholder targets include producers, secondary and tertiary students, veterinarians and agricultural consultants, state, national and international agribusiness, research providers and funders and many levels of government.

Rob joined SAVS in 2012, and teaches parasitology and general animal health and production to Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Equine Science and Veterinary Technology students. Rob has also supervised several PhD and Masters students, as well as 14 Honours student's projects.

Current research themes:

  • Sustainable parasite control of small ruminants – barber's pole worm control in sheep, epidemiology of re-infection of livestock at pasture.
  • Diagnostics, epidemiology, treatment and control of Fasciola hepatica (Liver Fluke) – faecal worm egg counts, ELISA testing, PCR and LAMP testing.
  • Sustainable internal parasite control of goats – effective and safe anthelmintic use, monitoring and management of parasite burdens.
  • Practice change of livestock producers and industry – biosecurity, disease surveillance, emergency animal disease detection and reporting.
  • Invited member of the National ParaBoss Technical Committee
  • Invited member of the Animal Health Accreditation Advisory Committee of the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), Australia
  • Member of the Institute for Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (previously the Australian Institute of Management)
  • Member of Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)
  • Member of Australian Sheep Veterinarians, Special Interest Group of the AVA
  • Member of Australian Veterinarians in Industry, Special Interest Group of the AVA
  • Member of Australian Society for Parasitology
  • Member of New Zealand Society for Parasitology
  • Member of American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
  • Member of World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology
  • Member of the Australian Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • Member of Australian Society of Animal Production

Book Chapters

Woodgate RG, Cornell AJ and Sangster NC (in press) Occurrence, management and clinical perspectives of drug resistance in important parasitic helminths of livestock In Antimicrobial Drug Resistance (DL Mayers editor). Humana Press.

Sangster N and Woodgate R (2015) Antiparasitic compounds and resistance In Australasian Parasites Inside and Out (I Beveridge and D Emery editors). Australian Society for Veterinary Parasitology.

Rothwell J, Pomroy W and Woodgate R (2015) Small ruminants (sheep and goats) In Australasian Parasites Inside and Out (I Beveridge and D Emery editors). Australian Society for Veterinary Parasitology.

Pomroy W, Beveridge I, Constantinoiu C, Emery D and Woodgate R (2015) Cattle In Australasian Parasites Inside and Out (I Beveridge and D Emery editors). Australian Society for Veterinary Parasitology.

Besier B, Jacobson C, Woodgate RG and Bell K (2010) Sheep Health chapter In International Sheep and Wool Handbook (DJ Cottle editor). Nottingham University Press, United Kingdom.

Journal Papers

Armstrong SK, Woodgate R, Gough S, Heller J, Sangster NC and Hughes KJ (2014) The efficacy of ivermectin, pyrantel and fenbendazole against Parascaris equorum infections in foals on farms in Australia. Veterinary Parasitology 205: 575-580.

Kessell AE, Boulton JG, Dutton GJ, Woodgate R, Shamsi S, Peters A and Connolloy JH (2014) Haemolytic anaemia associated with Theileria sp. in an orphaned platypus. Australian Veterinary Journal 92: 443-449.

Woodgate RG and Love S (2012) WormKill to WormBoss – Can we sell sustainable sheep worm control? Veterinary Parasitology 186: 51-57.

Kahn LP and Woodgate RG (2012) Integrated parasite management: Products for adoption by the Australian sheep industry. Veterinary Parasitology 186: 58-64.

Smith JE, Woodgate RG, Curnow CA, Michael DL and Van Burgel A (2012) An investigation into the efficacy of the Te Pari Patesco knife in providing a bare tip and the relationship between tail length and dag score in unmulesed Merino lambs. Animal Production Science 52: 671-674.

Sweeny JPA, Robertson ID, Ryan UM, Jacobson C and Woodgate RG (2012) Impacts of naturally acquired protozoa and strongylid nematode infections on growth and faecal attributes in lambs. Veterinary Parasitology 184: 298-308.

Sweeny JPA, Robertson ID, Ryan UM, Jacobson C and Woodgate RG (2011) Comparison of molecular and McMaster microscopy techniques to confirm the presence of naturally acquired strongylid nematode infections in sheep. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 180: 62-67.

Woodgate RG and Besier RB (2010) Sustainable use of anthelmintics in an Integrated Parasite Management Program for sheep nematodes. Animal Production Science 50: 440-443.

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