Anne Peaston

Dr Anne Peaston

Senior Lecturer - Small Animal Medicine

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences


I am a veterinary scientist with long-standing interests in the biology of cancer, using rodent models to investigate basic cell and molecular biology aspects. Since my appointment to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences 8 years ago, I have applied this interest to clinical veterinary oncology research and in the last 3 years have discontinued work with rodent models. My interests are broad, and include for example the molecular underpinnings of feline-specific insecticide sensitivity, chemotherapy for canine osteosarcoma, comparative molecular features of mast cell neoplasia in animals, and inherited blood disorders of dogs. Developing a reliable evidence base for the practise of veterinary medicine depends in part on accurate knowledge of the epidemiology of inherited and acquired conditions affecting the animal population. I am a member of a large collaborative project using VetCompass Australia's centralized, automated, real-time Australia-wide clinical data collection system, that is starting to yield epidemiologic insights into companion animal health and disease.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Clinical Lead University of Adelaide
    2017 Associate Professor, Companion Animal Medicine University of Adelaide
    2016 Associate Head, Academic University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2010 Research Scientist Jackson Laboratory
    2004 - 2005 Post-doctoral research fellow University of Sydney
    2000 - 2004 Postdoctoral Research Associate Jackson Laboratory
    1989 - 1992 Resident, Oncology Service University of California-Davis
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2000 Fellowship C.J.Martin Fellow The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine United States
    1996 Scholarship Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation The University of New South Wales Australia
    1994 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award The University of New South Wales Australia
    1991 Research Award Robert H. Winn Foundation The University of California-Davis
    1990 Research Award Robert H. Winn Foundation Project Grant The University of California-Davis United States
    1989 Research Award Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Resident Research Grant The University of California-Davis United States
    1988 Scholarship Postgraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science Scholarship The University of Sydney Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1993 - 1998 University of New South Wales Australia PhD
    1974 - 1979 University of Sydney Australia Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    C.J.Martin Research Fellow National Health and Medical Research Council Australia
    Fellow, Internal medicine subspecialty Veterinary Oncology Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Australia
    Diplomate, Veterinary Oncology American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine United States
    Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies University of Sydney Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Specialist Veterinary Medicine (Oncology) Veterinary Surgeons Board SA
  • Research Interests

  • Australian Research Council LEIF application LE160100026, Research Award, VetCompass: big data and real-time surveillance for veterinary science, University of Adelaide, 2015
  • Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation 015-2015, Research Award, Prevalence of c-Kit activating mutations in mast cell tumours from Australian dogs, University of Adelaide, 2015- 2017 - $9,900
  • Congressionally Directed medical Research Program, Department of Defense, BC101296, Research Award, Mammary Cancer and Activation of Transposable Elements, University of Adelaide, 2011- 2015
  • National Institutes of Health R21CA1202-04, Research Award, Mammary Cancer Stem Cells - development of a mouse model for analysis of cancer-predisposed cells at preclinical stages, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2008- 2010
  • The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center Pilot and Feasibility Studies, Research Award, Mammary Cancer Stem Cells - a project to genetically label a specific population of these cells with a selectable marker for fate mapping, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbour, Maine, 2006- 2007, $15,000
  • Susan G Komen for the Cure, Research Award, Mammary Cancer Stem Cells - development of a mouse model for analysis of cancer-predisposed cells at preclinical stages, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2006-2008, $250,000
  • Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation Project award, Research Award, Feline Lymphosarcoma Clinical Trial (AVOG 9441), The University of Sydney, 1995- 1996

Teaching Interests

I teach principles and practise of clinical and basic comparative oncology, veterinary clinical haematology, and pharmacology of chemotherapy agents used in veterinary oncology to DVM1 and DVM2 students.  From time to time I teach other aspects of companion animal veterinary internal medicine such as diseases of the respiratory, nervous and urinary systems.  My students (one or two per year) excel in the DVM1 Clinical Research Course, and their work is instrumental in setting up different research projects.  Much of my teaching is in small groups in the Companion Animal Health Center on the Roseworthy Campus.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Molecular and Immunology Studies on Newly Emerged NDV in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Putri Pandarangga
    2016 Co-Supervisor Prevalence of C-KIT Activation Mutations in Mast Cell Tumours from Australian Dogs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Vanessa Tamlin
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Avian Influenza Virus M2e Protein: Epitope Mapping, Competitive ELISA and Phage Displayed scFv for DIVA in H5N1 Serosurveillance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Noor Haliza Hasan
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member VetCompass Board VetCompass Australia Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Veterinary Health Centres Advisory Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Chair Learning and Teaching Management Committee University of Adelaide, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1995 - ongoing Member American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine United States
    1994 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Australia
    1990 - ongoing Member Veterinary Cancer Society United States
  • Position: Senior Lecturer - Small Animal Medicine
  • Phone: 83131926
  • Email: anne.peaston@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7736
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Companion Animal Health Centre, floor G
  • Room: G 06
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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