Stephen Pyecroft

Dr Stephen Pyecroft

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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


My main areas of expertise and interest are in the fields of aquatic animal health and veterinary pathology. As a graduate I worked as a veterinary practitioner in semi-rural areas and then discovered my passion for aquatic animal health management and veterinary pathology. I then continued my post graduate study successfully fulfilling the requirement of a veterinary honours degree by research and course work and subsequently a PhD studying the identity and epidemiology of Systemic Granulomatosis in common goldfish.
Throughout my career I have maintained my passion for comparative pathology and the pathogenesis of disease in all production animal species but have focused some research work on the molecular diagnosis of fish pathogens, epidemiology and control of fish diseases, fish nutrition and fish management practices effects on disease control.

Whilst working as the head of the state veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Tasmania I was until November 2012, the Program leader of the Diagnostic Services Branch component of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease research group). This enabled me to lead and direct aspects of the diagnostic and research response to this emerging disease in an iconic Australian Dasyurid , the Tasmanian Devil, and attempt to help maintain this important apex carnivore in the wilds of Tasmania.
As a result of working in this global multidisciplinary research group I now also have a keen research interest in oncology and the genetic basis of neoplastic disease and host response in a range of species.

The multidisciplinary approach to scientific research enables acceleration towards discovering practical solutions to sometime perplexing questions, so I look to engage a wide range of collaborators in most projects I investigate. One recent consequence of this approach is a developing research group focused on the reduction of fish based proteins in fish diets and the inclusion of insect based proteins in aquaculture and ornamental fish diets.

Teaching and enthusing future veterinarians and researchers underpins all my scientific interests and the best way to ensure a legacy is to mentor the next generation.

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83137823
  • Email: stephen.pyecroft@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Leske, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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