Dr Anne Peaston

 Position Associate Professor/Reader
 Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Science
 Email anne.peaston@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1926
 Location Floor/Room G ,  Companion Animal Health Centre ,   Roseworthy
  • Biography/ Background

    Following award of a BVSc from the University of Sydney, I worked for several years in companion animal/mixed veterinary practice in Australia and England.  In 1988-89 I completed a rotating internship at The Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (SUVTH), and then undertook veterinary and comparative oncology training through the residency program in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at The University of California-Davis, under the supervision of Dr Bruce Madewell.  Returning to Australia in 1993, I completed a PhD, studying the molecular biology of a human childhood tumor, neuroblastoma, at the Children's Cancer Institute Australia.  During the early years of my PhD I also worked part-time in private small animal practice, as a specialist consultant in Oncology at SUVTH, and running occasional oncology courses for The Postgraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science.  In 2000, a C.J. Martin Fellowship from the NHMRC took me to the lab of Dr Barbara Knowles at The Jackson Laboratory on Mt Desert Island, Maine, USA, where I spent the next 11 years taking advantage of the power of mouse genetics to study aspects of preimplantation development, and mammary cancer.  In 2011, I accepted the outstanding opportunity to combine my interests and experience in basic research, veterinary cancer medicine, and teaching, as Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Medicine in the new School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.  My basic science interest is in the effects of genomic mobile elements on normal cellular transitions such as those that occur during development, and their effects on the pathological transitions that occur during cancer ontogeny. My laboratory is continuing a major research project using a mouse model of mammary cancer to investigate the latter.  Developing projects in my lab focus on on clinical problems in companion animals, including the molecular biology of canine mast cell tumours and the molecular determinants of feline permethrin sensitivity.  Finally, to improve the evidence base for companion animal medical teaching and practice, I am involved in a collaborative project to automate collection and encourage analysis of companion animal epidemiologic data from clinics throughout Australia (Vetcompass 2020).  As a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Oncology in South Australia, I have established a referral service in Veterinary Oncology at the Companion Animal Health Centre on the Roseworthy Campus.  I currently teach into all years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and into the BSc (Animal Science) program. 

  • Qualifications

    BVSc (The University of Sydney)

    DipVetClinStud (The University of Sydney)

    PhD (The University of New South Wales)

    Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)

    Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists

    Registered Specialist Veterinary Oncology S0001 (South Australia)

  • Teaching Interests

    I teach principles and practise of clinical and basic comparative oncology, veterinary clinical haematology, and pharmacology of chemotherapy agents used in veterinary oncology to DVM1 and DVM2 students.  From time to time I teach other aspects of companion animal veterinary internal medicine such as diseases of the respiratory, nervous and urinary systems.  My students (one or two per year) excel in the DVM1 Clinical Research Course, and their work is instrumental in setting up different research projects.  Much of my teaching is in small groups in the Companion Animal Health Center on the Roseworthy Campus.

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesAnimals & Veterinary Science
    ExpertiseVeterinary, Cancer, Medicine, Oncology, Chemotherapy, Mouse models of human disease, mammary cancer, breast cancer, mast cell tumour
    NotesBVSc, DipVetClinStud, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine; Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science; member Veterinary Cancer Society; member American Cancer Society; member Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW.

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