Charles Caraguel

Dr Charles Caraguel

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Charles Caraguel focused his education and training on the health and welfare of aquatic species. After graduating from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France), he obtained a specialized veterinary school diploma in aquaculture and fish pathology (Nantes, France). Drawn by the expertise of the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI, Canada), Charles completed a Master of Science degree at the Lobster Science Centre where he developed a diagnostic test using molecular techniques to detect and characterize a pathogenic amoeba, Neoparamoeba spp.. Taught by worldwide recognized fish health experts, he further developed and extended his knowledge on pathology of mollusc, crustacean and finfish during this program. Recognizing the importance of population medicine in aquaculture where massive populations of animals are involved, Charles pursued his graduate training with a PhD in aquatic epidemiology through the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (AVC). He investigated the performance and use of diagnostic tests in fish disease surveillance and control programs for Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus. This experience provided him with specialized training to identify, investigate and analyse fish health that is problematic and directly impacts the sustainability of aquaculture industries.

Overall, Charles’ goal is to improve understanding, establish evidence, and develop more effective health risk identification and management in the aquaculture industry using epidemiology of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Epidemiology (field-based) research activity is also required to assess the applicability and validate in real field settings the outcomes from disease intervention studies (lab-based ). The complex interaction between disorder characteristics, host species responses and environmental factors directly impacts the effectiveness of intervention and management for aquatics. Field-based comprehension of health disorders is critical to the decision making process based on evidence and contributes to the implantation health policies in aquatic animal health by government and industry.

Research Interests

  • Aquaculture health & production management
  • Disease surveillance
  • Clinical field trials
  • Health and production risk factor studies for fish farms
  • Applied health research in aquaculture
Year Project Funding Source Investigator(s)* Amount
2018 Investigating aetiology and risk factors of ocular lesions and associated mortality in ranched Southern Bluefin Tuna Fisheries Research and Development Corporation – Industry Partnership Agreement (Category 1) Dr. Caraguel (PI) AUS$ 180,238
      Ms. Rough  
         
  Exploring the occurrence and potential associated risk factors for Pilchard Orthomyxovirus (POMV) in Tasmanian farmed Atlantic Salmon Fisheries Research and Development Corporation – Industry Partnership Agreement (Category 1) Dr. Caraguel (PI) AUS$ 245,267
      Prof. Hammell  
      Ms. Wronski  
         
  Reducing the financial impact of endemic conditions in sheep - a value chain approach Meat & Livestock Australia – Grant Project (Category 1) Dr. Nielsen (PI) AUS$ 960,523
      A/Prof. O’Handley   
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
2017 Improving post-harvest survivability of Southern rock lobster in a changing environment Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram (Category 1) Dr. Fitsgibbon(PI) AUS$ 702,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      A/Prof. Gardner  
      Dr. Pyecroft  
         
  Perkinsus olseni in abalone: development of fit-for-purpose tools to support its management Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram (Category 1) Dr. Dang(PI) AUS$ 180,000
      Dr. Caraguel   
      Dr. Moody  
      Dr. Miller  
         
  Taking the Q (query) out of Q fever: Developing a better understanding of the drivers of Q fever spread in farmed ruminants Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Category 1) Prof. Stevenson(PI) AUS$ 1,860,000
      Dr. Firestone  
      Dr. Bosward  
      Dr. Soares-Magalhaes  
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
2016 E-funding Grant Scheme DVC-E funding round for online learning development, The University of Adelaide Dr. Caraguel(PI) AUS$ 5,000
         
  Schultz Foundation (3x AUS$5,000/year)    Mr. Taggart AUS$ 49,381
  Primary Industries & Regions South Australia (AUS$10,000)   Dr. Caraguel  
  Nature Foundation of South Australia (AUS$3,000)   A/Prof. McAllister  
  Australian Wildlife Society (AUS$1,500)   Dr. Peacock  
  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (AUS$4,000)   Dr. Fancourt  
  Australian Wool Innovation (AUS$6,000)      
  Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation (AUS$9,881)      
         
2015 Field Trial of a Salmonella Typhimurium Live Vaccine in Egg Layers Australian Poultry Cooperation Research Centre (Category 3) Dr. Chousalkar(PI) AUS$ 107,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Sexton  
      Dr. Rault  
      Mr. Gole  
         
  3-Year PhD Student Scholarship- Antimicrobial Surveillance Co-funded Australian Research Council and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Category 1) Dr. Trott(PI) AUS$ 145,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Jordan  
         
  Organisation of an Elective Clinical Rotation in Aquaculture Health Management  Seafood CRC Dr. Caraguel(PI) AUS$ 13,600
      Dr. Pyecroft  
      Dr. Landos  
         
  Development and validation of a severity scale for the assessment of atopic dermatitis in dogs Zoetis Dr. Hill(PI) AUS$ 38,500
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Olivry  
         
  The Impact of Common Sedative Medications on Blood Parameters and Cardiovascular Physiology in Dogs Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation Research Grant Dr. Nicholson(PI) AUS$ 6,500
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
  Challenging veterinary dogma: A veterinary student perspective Research Board International Collaboration Fund – Nottingham Uni Dr. Brennan(PI) GBP£ 3,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Heller  
         
2014 Epidemiology of Salmonella spp on Free Range Farms Australian Poultry Cooperation Research Centre (Category 3) Dr. Chousalkar(PI) AUS$ 275,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Sexton  
      Dr. Rault  
      Mr. Gole  
         
  Development of a National Aquatic Animal Health Curriculum for Delivery by Tertiary Institutions Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram (Category 1) Dr. Pyecroft(PI) AUS$ 40,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
2013 Improving fluke control in Yellowtail Kingfish culture 2013/731 Australian Seafood Cooperation Research Centre (Category 3) Dr. D’Antignana(PI) AUS$ 375,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Bubner  
      Dr. Deveney  
         
  SAVS Small Equipment Grant SAVS Research Committee, The University of Adelaide Dr. Caraguel(PI) AUS$ 7,500
         
  Expert Consultation to Investigate SA Oyster Outbreak Australian Seafood Cooperation Research Centre Visiting Expert Grant (Category 3) Dr. Caraguel(PI) AUS$ 10,000
  2013/721   SA Oyster Research Council  
         
  Characterisation of Abalone Herpes-Like Virus Infections in Abalone Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram (Category 1) Dr. Ellard,  AUS$ 75,000
      Dr. Moody  
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Crane  
         
2012 Workshop to Facilitate Epidemiological Analysis of Unexplained Mortality of South Australian Pacific Oyster.   Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Emergency Strategic Funds (Category 1) Dr. Caraguel(PI) AUS$ 52,000
      SA Oyster Research Council  
         
  Retrospective Analysis of Dog Attacks Charles Strurt Council funding for Honours project Dr. Hazel AUS$ 1,100
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
  Wireless Monitoring Equipment for Horses DVC-R funding round for minor equipment, The University of Adelaide Dr. Verdegaal AUS$ 22,000
         
  Evaluation of an Accelerometer for Gait Analysis in Dogs AVC Research Grant, University of Prince Edward Island Dr. Clark CDN$ 8,000
      Dr. Béraud  
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
  Epidemiology of Salmonella spp. on layer farms Australian Poultry Cooperation Research Centre (Category 3) Dr. Chousalkar AUS$ 180,000
         
         
  Besnoitiosis in Australian wildlife and significance to cattle  Meat & Livestock Australia (Category 1) Dr. Reichel AUS$ 33,000
      Dr. Caraguel  
      Dr. Boardman  
         
2011 Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests from Mikrocytos mackini Parasites in Canadian Oysters Fisheries & Ocean Canada- National Aquatic Animal Health Program Dr. Abbott CDN$ 32,000
      Dr. Corbeil  
      Dr. Colling  
      Dr. Caraguel  
         
  Organization of an Aquatic Surveillance Workshop  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation – Aquatic Animal Health Training Schemes (Category 1) Dr. Caraguel(PI) AUS$ 22,000
      Dr. Hammell  
      Dr. Cameron  
      Dr. Deveney  
         
2010 Sealing Workshop Material Preparation Fur Institute of Canada  Dr. Caraguel CND$ 1,000
      Dr. Daoust  
         
2009 Clinical Field Trial on Grey Seal Slaughtering Fur Institute of Canada Dr. Caraguel CND$ 5,000
      Dr. Daoust  
      Dr. Roy  
         
2008 ISAV Prevalence and Sampling Strategy Collaborative Research & Development Program, Fisheries & Ocean Canada Dr. Caraguel(PI) CND$ 64,040
      Dr.Gagné  
      Dr. Hammell  
      Dr. McClure  
      Dr. Beattie  
      Mr. Ingalls  
      Mr. Szemerda  

*When my name is listed, I was/am involved as a pre-hoc co-investigator; otherwise, I was/am involved as a post-hoc co-investigator 

Teaching Interests

  • Veterinary epidemiology
  • Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine
  • Diagnostic Tests: evaluation, selection & interpretation
  • Animal Health Surveillance
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 Principal Supervisor Economic cost of sarcocytosis and toxoplasmosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Patrick Leo Taggart
    2015 Principal Supervisor Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance and Antibiotic Usage in Animal Populations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Skye Michelle Badger
    2013 Co-Supervisor Modelling & Epidemiology of Bat Diseases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Wayne Boardman
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Curriculum and Assessment School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Roseworthy Library Advisory Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 - 2018 Member Academic Awards Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 - 2012 Representative South Australian Aquaculture Advisory Committee Government of South Australia Australia
    2012 - 2012 Member Learning & Teaching Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 - 2016 Member Honours & HDR Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Department of Pathobiology, Infectious Diseases & Public Health Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 - ongoing Chair Aquatic Special Interest Group School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 - 2012 Co-Chair "Get-To-Know" Seminar Series School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member OIE Diagnostic Test Validation Science in the Asia-Pacific Region Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Australia VetCompass epidemiology working group Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian and New-Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Australia
    2012 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Australian Network of Epidemiology Teachers, NET Australia
    2011 - ongoing Co-Chair Network for Aquatic Animal Health in South Australia Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member OIE Collaborative Centre for Aquatic Epidemiology & Risk Assessment Canada
    2010 - ongoing Member Association pour l'Étude de l'Épidémiologie des Maladies Animales France
    2009 - ongoing Board Member International Society for Aquatic Animal Epidemiology United States
    2006 - ongoing Member European Association of Fish Pathologists Australia
    2006 - 2007 President Graduate Students Association of UPEI Canada
    2005 - ongoing Member Independent Veterinarians’ Working Group Canada
    2003 - 2010 Member Graduate Students Association of UPEI Canada
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2017 - 2017 Seafood Training Tasmania RTO Scientific research Australia
    2017 - 2018 World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Animal Diseases Scientific research Australia
    2016 - 2016 University of Sydney Education Instructional and training Australia
    2016 - 2016 University of Melbourne Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health Instructional and training Australia
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131245
  • Email: charles.caraguel@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Leske, floor G
  • Room: G 06
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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