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Dr. Cara Wilson

PhD BEqSci (HonsI)
Senior Research Officer - Agri-tech Research
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems
Rockhampton North
361 - G.16
About Me

Dr Cara Wilson is a Senior Research Officer within the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity Australia. In 2020, Cara obtained her PhD from Charles Sturt University, in which she investigated the epidemiology and impacts of hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus) on the Australian beef industry. Cara’s main research interests are livestock health and traceability, and using technology and data collection to monitor and manage these. She has conducted research on a range of topics pertaining to animal health across multiple species. Her most recent research projects have explored the use of on-animal sensors for livestock traceability and disease detection; the epidemiology of pregnancy loss in thoroughbreds; and the productivity impacts of hydatid disease on beef cattle. In addition to her contributions to academia and research, Cara is also involved in various extracurricular and extension activities including serving as the Co-President of the QLD & NT Branch of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences.

Universities Studied At

2010 - 2013      Bachelor of Equine Science - Charles Sturt University

2014 - 2015      Bachelor of Science (Hons I) - Charles Sturt University

2016 - 2020      PhD "The Epidemiology and Impact of Hydatid Disease (Echinococcus granulosus) in Beef Cattle in Eastern Australia"

Universities Worked At

November 2020 - Present - Research Officer - Agri-tech Research, Central Queensland University

January 2022 - July 2023 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Charles Sturt University

March 2020 - November 2020 Research Associate - Applied Livestock Research, Charles Sturt University



Recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, Doctor of Philosophy - Science, 2016 – 2020

Graham Centre Conference Support Scheme Grant to attend International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE), November 2018

Winner, Australian Society of Animal Production “Student Snapshot” Competition, July 2018

National Council of Women New South Wales Australia Day Award, 2018

Editor’s Choice Award , Asia - Pacific Three - Minute Thesis (3MT) competition , The University of Queensland St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia, September 2017

The Crawford Fund conference “Transforming Lives and Livelihoods: The digital Revolution in Agriculture”, Parliament House Canberra, August 2017, Scholar in Crawford Fund Scholar Program

Winner, Charles Sturt University Three - Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, 2017

HDR Presentation Prize — for an outstanding presentation at the Faculty of Science Higher Degree Research and Honours Symposium, 2016Deans Award - for receiving first class honours in Bachelor of Science, 2015


Media Citations

Sensor-based livestock traceability

· CQUniNews, 4 November 2021, “CQUni leads new sensor-based livestock traceability trials”

· Lizzy Aboud, 7News, Mackay, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Cairns, Townsville, 26 October 2021, “CQUniversity are creating a FitBit for cattle”

· Katrina Beavan, ABC Capricornia FM, ABC Southern Queensland FM, 25 October 2021


Bloat iOS app

· The Northern Rivers Times, Farm Weekly, AgTrader, The Land, 15 July 2021, “Early warning on bloat, thanks to new app”


· Queensland Country Life, North Queensland Register, Good Fruit & Vegetables, Stock Journal, Farm Online National, Stock and Land 12 July 2021, “Early warning on bloat, thanks to new app”

· Charles Sturt University, 9 July 2021, “New app gives beef producers early warning on bloat”


STEM Project Officer

· Bundaberg Now, 24 September 2021, “Explore the science of medicine these school holidays”

· Angela Norval, Bundaberg Today, 3 September 2021, “Students impress with care for the land”

· Lizzy Aboud, 7News, 6 July 2021, “Local school students are using their passion for STEM to help solve some of the big issues plaguing Central Queensland farmers.”

Hydatid disease research

· Regina Lovic, WIN News, 30 June 2021, “Hydatid disease”

· Jon Condon, Beef Central, 30 June 2021, “Hydatid disease may be costing QLD beef industry $100m each year”

· Jamieson Salter, Country News, 30 March 2020, “Beef producers seek hydatid disease advice”

· The Rural, 11 March 2020, “Survey finds beef producers need more awareness about hydatid disease”

· CSU News, 9 March 2020, “Survey shows beef producers want more information about hydatid disease”

· Pamela Lawson, Kondinin Group’s Farming Ahead, September 2019, “Hydatids in cattle – what’s the risk?”

· Stephen Burns, The Land, Queensland Country Life, Stock and Land, 8 August 2019, “Beef producers to respond to hydatid survey”

· Beef Central, 6 August 2019, “Producer help sought for. Cattle parasite survey”

· The Rural, 30 July 2019, “Producers gather at Graham Centre Livestock Forum”

· Lucy Kinbacher, The Land, 10 December 2018, “Tapeworms cost abattoirs $450,000 annually”

Three-minute Thesis participation

· Cosmos Magazine, 18 June 2018, “Three-minute thesis: War on waste – it's not just plastic bags”

· The Land, 26 July 2017, “War on waste to help beef supply chain”

· Queensland Country Life, 26 July 2017, “War on waste in beef industry supply chain”

· CSU News, 17 July 2017, “CSU finalist in 3 Minute Thesis Comp”

National Council of Women Australia Day Award

· Beef Central, 1 February 2018, “Australia Day Award for CSU Student”

· ABC Ballarat, Vic Country Hour (Regional), Victoria, Australia, 2018

· The Land, 26 January 2018, “Australia day award for CSU student”

· Taylor Jurd, Western Magazine, 25 January 2018, “Australia day award presented to Cara Wilson”

· WIN News Wagga Wagga (Regional), New South Wales, Australia, “A CSU student is on her way to Sydney to receive an Australia Day award from the National Council of Women New South Wales”

· Mudgee Guardian, 23 January 2018, “Australia day award for CSU student from Mudgee

· Rochelle Brown, The Daily Advertiser, 23 January 2018, “Wagga Charles Sturt University student Cara Wilson receives Australia Day honour”

Oesophageal lumen pH research

· Horsetalk, 12 August 2016, “Acid reflux may be perfectly normal in yearling horses, study suggests”


· Clare Adcock, 13 November 2021, Queensland Country Life, “Leucaena Network hosts carbon forum for graziers”

· Clare Adcock, 13 November 2021, AgTrader, “National carbon conversation continued through Leucaena network forum”


· People in Ag, “Cara Wilson’s success story”


Previous teaching

Central Queensland University, School of Health Medical & Applied Sciences, Rockhampton, QLD

Casual Academic

  • Agriculture Technology Transformation: The Future of Food and Fibre

Charles Sturt University, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Casual Academic

  • Master of Animal Science
  • Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Health
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Equine Locomotion
  • Equine Nutrition

Professional Memberships

Australian Association of Animal Sciences - Current Co-President of QLD & NT Branch

Affiliate Member - Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (Previous)

Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (Previous)

Computer Software






Industry Reports

Wilson, C.S., & Trotter, M.G., Sensor-based livestock traceability – Linking emerging on-animal tracking technologies with meat quality and marketability outcomes. How emerging sensor systems will provide impossible insights into key industry issues for producers, transporters and processors. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Final Report, March 2024

Brookes, V.J., Carrick, J., Begg, A., Shearer, P., Stewart, M., Wilson, C.S., Heller, J. The pathology and epidemiology of equine pregnancy loss. Report for AgriFutures, December 2023.

Brookes, V.J., Wilson C.S., Barnes, T.S., Jenkins, D.J., The effect of echinococcosis (hydatid disease) on carcase weight in cattle. Report for Virbac and Meat & Livestock Australia, November 2022

Wilson, C.S., & Trotter, M.G., Sensor-based livestock traceability – Linking emerging on-animal tracking technologies with meat quality and marketability outcomes. Report on deployment of on-animal sensors on cattle. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Interim Report, March 2022

Cosby, A., Manning, J., Fogarty, E., Wilson, C.S., Islam, N., Trotter, M. Assessing real time tracking technologies to integrate with identification methods and national traceability requirements, Final Report, Meat & Livestock Australia, January 2021

Allworth, B., McGrath, S., Robertson, S., Wilson, C.S., Comparative trial to assess the benefits of Multimin (Copper-Free)® in sheep for health and fertility, Final Report. Virbac Australia, August 2020

McGrath, S., Holman, B., Wilson, C.S., Ramsay, J., Testing the suitability of cottonseed meal-based pellets for finishing lambs, Interim Report; 33 pages. Oilseeds Australia, July 2020


Review Editor, Frontiers in Veterinary Science - Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics section, 2023—Present

Guest editor, Animal Production Science special issue for the 34th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences, 2022

Guest editor, Animal Frontiers special issue “Solving new world animal science problems with a multidisciplinary approach”, 2021

Recent Research Projects
Sensor-based livestock traceability - linking emerging on-animal tracking technologies with meat quality and marketability outcomes
From: 04/06/2021 to 31/03/2024
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Traceability Grants Program
Total Funding: $200,101.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3003 Animal Production
  • 3002 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • 4202 Epidemiology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
PhD (Offshore)
Design of a blockchain software architecture optimized under remote conditions to provide scalable and highly integrated solutions for precision livestock management applications.
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Animal Production - Animal Management

Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Animal Production - Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens)

Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Veterinary Sciences - Veterinary Epidemiology

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