Dr Charles Caraguel

Dr Charles Caraguel
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Science
 Email charles.caraguel@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1245
 Location Floor/Room G 06 ,  Leske ,   Roseworthy
  • Biography/ Background

    Charles Caraguel focused his education and training on the health and welfare of aquatic species. After graduating from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France), he obtained a specialized veterinary school diploma in aquaculture and fish pathology (Nantes, France). Drawn by the expertise of the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI, Canada), Charles completed a Master of Science degree at the Lobster Science Centre where he developed a diagnostic test using molecular techniques to detect and characterize a pathogenic amoeba, Neoparamoeba spp.. Taught by worldwide recognized fish health experts, he further developed and extended his knowledge on pathology of mollusc, crustacean and finfish during this program. Recognizing the importance of population medicine in aquaculture where massive populations of animals are involved, Charles pursued his graduate training with a PhD in aquatic epidemiology through the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (AVC). He investigated the performance and use of diagnostic tests in fish disease surveillance and control programs for Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus. This experience provided him with specialized training to identify, investigate and analyse fish health that is problematic and directly impacts the sustainability of aquaculture industries. Overall, Charles’ goal is to improve understanding, establish evidence, and develop more effective health risk identification and management in the aquaculture industry using epidemiology of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Epidemiology (field-based) research activity is also required to assess the applicability and validate in real field settings the outcomes from disease intervention studies (lab-based ). The complex interaction between disorder characteristics, host species responses and environmental factors directly impacts the effectiveness of intervention and management for aquatics. Field-based comprehension of health disorders is critical to the decision making process based on evidence and contributes to the implantation health policies in aquatic animal health by government and industry. 

  • Qualifications

    Member of Australian & New-Zealand COllege  Veterinary Scientists  in EPIDEMIOLOGY

    Australian and New-Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, 2015


    Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, Canada, 2010


    Master of Science Program (MSc) in MOLECULAR PARASITOLOGY

    Lobster Science Centre, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, Canada, 2006



    Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France, 2003


    School Diploma in Aquaculture and Fish Pathology

    Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes, France, 2003


    Fundamental Veterinary Study Diploma

    Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France, 2002

  • Awards & Achievements

    Honour medal from Science Academia of Toulouse (December 2003)

    Canada Governor General's Gold Medal for Graduate Studies (May 2010)

  • Teaching Interests

    • Veterinary epidemiology
    • Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine
    • Diagnostic Tests: evaluation, selection & interpretation
    • Animal Health Surveillance
  • Research Interests

    • Aquaculture health & production management
    • Disease surveillance
    • Clinical field trials
    • Health and production risk factor studies for fish farms
    • Applied health research in aquaculture
  • Publications

    In Press

    Caraguel C., Gardner I.A., and Hammell K.L. Selection and Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests in Aquaculture Biosecurity. Journal of Applied Aquaculture. In Press.

    Gole V., Caraguel C., Fowler C., Sexton M.,  and Chousalkar K. Shedding of Salmonella in single age caged commecial layer flock at en early stage of lay. International Journal of Food Microbiology. In Press.

    Gole V., Torok V., Sexton M., Caraguel C., and Chousalkar K. Association between the indoor environmental contamination of Salmonella with egg contamination on layer farms. Clinical Veterinary Microbiology. In Press.

    Gardner I.A., Burnley T., and Caraguel C. Improvements are needed in reporting of accuracy studies for diagnostic tests used for detection of finfish pathogens Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. In Press.

    Boardman W., Caraguel C., Gill S., Herman K., McEwen M-M., Haghighi L., and Smith I. 2014. Mass capture and anesthesia of bridled nailtail wallabies (Onychogalea fraenata) using medetomidine and ketamine. Journal of Wildlife Disease, In Press.

    Boardman W., Lethbridge M., Hampton J., Smith I., Woolnough A., McEwen M-M., Miller G., and Caraguel C. 2014. Evaluation of medetomidine - ketamine and medetomidine - ketamine - butorphanol for the field anesthesia of free ranging Dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. Journal of Wildlife Disease, In Press.

    Boardman W., Caraguel C., Raath J., and Van Zijll Langhout M. 2014. Intravenous butorphanol does improve cardiopulmonary parameters in game ranched White rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum) immobilized with etorphine and azaperone. Journal of Wildlife Disease, In Press.


    Clark K.J., Caraguel C., Leahey L., and Béraud R. 2014. Evaluation of a novel accelerometer for kinetic gait analysis in dogs. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. In Press.


    Caraguel C., Daoust P.Y., and de Bie F. 2013.Comparison of the thickness of the calvarium between young grey (Halichoerus grypus) and harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus) seals. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2012/172.

    Daoust P.Y., Caraguel C., Fenton H., Hammill M.O., Roy L.D., and Spears J. 2013. Assessment of current and alternative methods for killing young grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) during commercial harvest. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS), Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Doc. 2012/132.

    Daoust P.Y., Hammill M., Stenson G., and Caraguel C. 2013. A review of animal welfare implications of the Canadian commercial seal hunt: A critique. Marine Policy, 43:367-71.

    Hardefeldt L., Semrad S., Crump P., Caraguel C., and Peek S. 2013. Effects of gestational age on physical findings of immaturity, body weight, and survival in neonatal alpacas (2002-2010). Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 27:1234-7.

    Caraguel C. and Vanderstichel R. 2013. The two-step Fagan nomogram: ad hoc interpretation of diagnostic test result without calculation. Evidence-Based Medicine, 18:125-28.


    Daoust P-Y and Caraguel C. 2012. The Canadian harp seal hunt: observations on the effectiveness of procedures to avoid poor animal welfare outcomes. Animal Welfare, 21:445-455.

    Jenvey C., Caraguel C., Howarth GB. and Riley CB. 2012. Identification of periparturient mare and foal associated predictors of post parturient immunoglobulin A concentrations in Thoroughbred foals. Equine Vet J., 43:73-7.

    Sykes P., McClure C., Martin-Robichaud D., Caraguel C., Hammell L. 2012.Economic evaluation of a stratified transport method for Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) juveniles. Aquaculture International. Online access.

    Caraguel C., Stryhn H., Gagné N., Dohoo I. and Hammell L. 2012. Use of a third class in latent class modelling for the diagnostic evaluation of five infectious salmon anaemia virus detection tests. Prev. Vet. Med., 103: 63-73.

    Caraguel C., Stryhn H., Gagné N., Dohoo I. and Hammell L. 2012. A modelling approach to predict the variation of repeatability and reproducibility of a RT-PCR assay for infectious salmon anaemia virus across different levels of infection prevalence and infection stages. Prev. Vet. Med., 104: 165-173.


    Patyk K., Caraguel C., Kristensen C.  and Forde-Folle K. 2011. Lexicon of disease modeling terms. OIE Scientific and Technical Review, 30: 547-554.

    Caraguel C., Stryhn H., Gagné N., Dohoo I. and Hammell L. 2011. Selection of a cutpoint value for real-time PCR results to fit diagnostic purpose: an epidemiological approach. Journal Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 23:2–15 .


    Caraguel C., Stryhn H., Gagné N., Dohoo I. and Hammell L. 2009. Traditional descriptive analysis and novel visual representation of diagnostic repeatability and reproducibility: application to an infectious salmon anaemia virus RT-PCR assay. Prev. Vet . Med., 92: 9-19.


    Caraguel C., O’Kelly C, Despres B., Frasca S., Gast R., Cawthorn R. and Greenwood S. 2007. Microheterogeneity and coevolution: an examination of the rDNA characteristics in Neoparamoeba pemaquidensis and its prokinetoplastid endosymbiont. JEM, 54(5):418-426.

    Caraguel C., Donay N., O’Kelly C., Frasca S., Gast R., Cawthorn R. and Greenwood S. 2007. Characterization of Neoparamoeba pemaquidensis strains: PCR-RFLP of the internal transcribed spacer region from the amoeba and endosymbiont. DAO, 76:141-149.


    Caraguel C. & Iglesias S.P.2004. First record of the spinner shark, Carcharhinus brevipinna (Chondrichthyes : Charcharhinidae) from New Caledonia, Cybium. 28(4):369-37.

  • Community Engagement

    SmartPhone Apps

    DocNomo: a free iPhone App for veterinarians and medicals to do bedside interpretation of diagnostic test results.

    EpiCal: a low cost iPhone and Android App to compute basic epidemiological calculations (sample size, measure of association,...)


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