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Dr. Cara Wilson

PhD BEqSci (HonsI)
Research Officer - Agri-tech Research
Student Engagement
Institute for Future Farming Systems
Rockhampton North
361 - G.16
About Me

Dr Cara Wilson is a Research Officer within the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity Australia. Cara has a Bachelor of Equine Science (Hons I) from Charles Sturt University. Her honours project looked at oesophageal pH in yearling horses and the effects of management and administration of omeprazole. Cara obtained her PhD from Charles Sturt University in 2020, in which she investigated the epidemiology and impacts of hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus) on the Australian beef industry. Cara’s main research interests are animal health and welfare within livestock production systems, and using technology and data collection to monitor and manage these. She also has a passion for conducting research that provides practical and sustainable outcomes to industry. Cara is currently the Southern New South Wales Secretary for the Australian Association of Animal Sciences and the branch representative to the Federal Council.

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

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

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

Hydatid disease Producer survey results

- 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”

Hydatid disease producer survey distribution

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

- 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”

- CSU News, 5 August 2019, “Beef producers needed to complete researcher’s survey about parasites”

Graham Centre Livestock Forum

- The Rural, 30 July 2019, “Producers gather at Graham Centre Livestock Forum” Hydatid disease research

- Pamela Lawson, Kondinin Gro up’s Farming Ahead, September 2019, “Hydatids in cattle what’s the risk?”

- 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

- ABC Goulbourn Murray, Rural Report, Victoria, Australia

- Mudgee Guardian and Gul gong Advertiser, 26 January 2018, “Award: animal health studies”

- 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”

- Daily Advertiser, 24 January 20 18, “Cara’s passion for agriculture”

- 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”

Previous teaching

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

Affiliate Member - Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Australian Association of Animal Sciences

Researchers in Agriculture for International Development

Computer Software





Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

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

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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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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