Peter Atkinson

Peter Atkinson

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Since graduation as a DVM from the University of Adelaide, I spent time in primary opinion veterinary practice. A high-paced clinical environment was stimulating for me and allowed me to hone my technical skills. However, after 2 years I decided I wanted to take a more academic view of the world, and commenced a PhD program through the University of Adelaide.

My research focuses on veterinary epidemiology. In this vast field, we try and tackle the "why" and the "how" behind disease occurrence in populations, how to improve productivity, welfare and economics for animal producers, and finally, to inform stakeholders about options to best achieve their goals of animal ownership. We use an analytical approach to find and report the best evidence-base for clinical decision making to improve population health. Finally, we consider how our actions as veterinarians affect public health, food security and developing countries.

Research Interests

 - Veterinary epidemiology

 - Farm productivity and diseases of production

 - Companion animal infectious disease

2022 School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Seed Grant

2023 School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Seed Grant

 Tutor in VET SC 3516RW - Veterinary Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine III

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Feline immunodeficiency virus point-of-care test accuracy University of Adelaide Summer research scholar Other Full Time Jiawei Lei
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Temperature-directed prevention of canine heartworm in a changing climate Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference 2023 Australian Veterinary Association Australia

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