Associate Professor Lucy Woolford

Associate Professor Lucy Woolford
 Position Associate Professor in Veterinary Pathology
 Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
 Telephone +61 8 8521 2632
 Location Floor/Room G 8 ,  Leske ,   Roseworthy
  • Biography/ Background

    Lucy is an Associate Professor in Veterinary Pathology. Following graduation from Murdoch University, Lucy spent two years working in a mixed clinical veterinary practice in the Mid North of South Australia. In 2005 she returned to Western Australia to pursue interests in conservation and health of Australian wildlife, undertaking a PhD examining the pathological, aetiological and epidemiological aspects of a debilitating viral-associated skin cancer in the endangered Western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville). Following the PhD, Lucy left the sunny shores of Western Australia to undertake a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, London, and the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. This residency, funded by The Horse Trust, enabled a focus on the health and disease of horses. In September 2010, Lucy completed the certifying examinations of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She joined the University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in November 2010.

  • Qualifications

    BSc BVMS (Hons), Murdoch University
    PhD, Murdoch University
    Member by examination, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Pathobiology)
    Diplomate by examination, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

  • Publications

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    Sarker, N., Fabijan, J., Emes, R., Hemmatzadeh, F., Meers, J., Moreton, J., . . . Tarlinton, R. (2018). Identification of stable reference genes for quantitative PCR in koalas. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 8 pages. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21723-0

    Smith, C., Woolford, L., Talbot, J., Lee, K., & Crocker, P. (2018). Canine rhinitis caused by an uncommonly-diagnosed fungus, Scedosporium apiospermum. Medical Mycology Case Reports, 22, 38-41. doi:10.1016/j.mmcr.2018.08.004

    Wong, A., Lanyon, J., McKee, S., Linedale, R., Woolford, L., Long, T., & Leggatt, G. (2018). Development of a polyclonal anti-dugong immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody with evaluation of total plasma IgG in a living dugong (Dugong dugon) population. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 200, 16-25. doi:10.1016/j.vetimm.2018.04.003

    Speight, K., Hicks, P., Graham, C., Boardman, W., Breed, W., Manthorpe, E., . . . Woolford, L. (2018). Necropsy findings of koalas from the Mount Lofty Ranges population in South Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal, 96(5), 188-192. doi:10.1111/avj.12690

    Wong, A., Lanyon, J., Sneath, H., Leggatt, G., & Woolford, L. (2018). Comparison of i-STAT® with traditional laboratory analysers in the measurement of blood analytes from field captured dugongs (Dugong dugon). Aquatic Mammals, 44(1), 19-31. doi:10.1578/AM.44.1.2018.19

    Fabijan, J., Woolford, L., Lathe, S., Simmons, G., Hemmatzadeh, F., Trott, D., & Speight, N. (2017). Lymphoma, Koala Retrovirus Infection and Reproductive Chlamydiosis in a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 157(2-3), 188-192. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2017.07.011

    Speight, K., Whiteley, P., Woolford, L., Duignan, P., Bacci, B., Lathe, S., . . . Stevenson, M. (2017). Outbreaks of sarcoptic mange in free-ranging koala populations in Victoria and South Australia: a case series. Australian Veterinary Journal, 95(7), 244-249. doi:10.1111/avj.12598

    Woolford, L., Crocker, P., Bobrowski, H., Baker, T., & Hemmatzadeh, F. (2017). Detection of the canine parvovirus 2c subtype in Australian dogs. Viral Immunology, 30(5), 371-376. doi:10.1089/vim.2017.0019

    Sun, X., Glynn, D., Hodson, L., Huo, C., Britt, K., Thompson, E., . . . Ingman, W. (2017). CCL2-driven inflammation increases mammary gland stromal density and cancer susceptibility in a transgenic mouse model. Breast Cancer Research, 19(1), 4-1-4-15. doi:10.1186/s13058-016-0796-z

    Wong, M., Woolford, L., Hasan, N., & Hemmatzadeh, F. (2017). A novel recombinant canine adenovirus type 1 detected from acute lethal cases of infectious canine hepatitis. Viral Immunology, 30(4), 258-263. doi:10.1089/vim.2016.0041

    Byrne, D., Woolford, L., & Booth, T. (2016). Penile haemangiosarcoma in a breeding stallion. Equine Veterinary Education, 28(6), 304-309. doi:10.1111/eve.12162

    Speight, K., Polkinghorne, A., Penn, R., Boardman, W., Timms, P., Fraser, T., . . . Woolford, L. (2016). The prevalence and pathological features of Chlamydia pecorum infections in South Australian koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 52(2), 301-306. doi:10.7589/2015-05-120

    Kemper, C., Tomo, I., Bingham, J., Bastianello, S., Wang, J., Gibbs, S., . . . Kelly, D. (2016). Morbillivirus-associated unusual mortality event in South Australian bottlenose dolphins is largest reported for the Southern Hemisphere. Royal Society Open Science, 3(12), 1-15. doi:10.1098/rsos.160838

    Woolford, L., Wong, A., Sneath, H., Long, T., Boyd, S., & Lanyon, J. (2015). Hematology of dugongs (Dugong dugon) in southern Queensland. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 44(4), 530-541. doi:10.1111/vcp.12305

    Lethbridge, M. R., Strauss, J., Andrews, L., Wells, R., Woolford, L., & Boardman, W. S. J. (2015). The effects of resource availability on the health of the southern hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons in the South Australian Murraylands.

    Lanyon, J., Wong, A., Long, T., & Woolford, L. (2015). Serum biochemistry reference intervals of live wild dugongs (Dugong dugon) from urban coastal Australia. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 44(2), 234-242. doi:10.1111/vcp.12249

    Woolford, L., Franklin, C., Whap, T., Loban, F., & Lanyon, J. (2015). Pathological findings in wild harvested dugongs Dugong dugon of central Torres Strait, Australia. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 113(2), 89-102. doi:10.3354/dao02825

    Jelocnik, M., Bachmann, N., Kaltenboeck, B., Waugh, C., Woolford, L., Speight, K., . . . Polkinghorne, A. (2015). Genetic diversity in the plasticity zone and the presence of the chlamydial plasmid differentiates Chlamydia pecorum strains from pigs, sheep, cattle, and koalas. BMC Genomics, 16(1), 893-1-893-14. doi:10.1186/s12864-015-2053-8

    Woolford, L., Fletcher, M., & Boardman, W. (2014). Suspected toxic hepatopathy of plant origin in wild southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons). In M. Zhao, T. Wierenga, K. Panter, & X. Gao (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Poisonous Plants (ISOPP9) (pp. 100-106). USA: ICE Publishing.

    Woolford, L., Fletcher, M., & Boardman, W. (2014). Suspected pyrrolizidine alkaloid hepatotoxicosis in wild southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(30), 7413-7418. doi:10.1021/jf405811n

    Speight, K., Haynes, J., Boardman, W., Breed, W., Taggart, D., Rich, B., & Woolford, L. (2014). Plasma biochemistry and urinalysis variables of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with and without oxalate nephrosis. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 43(2), 244-254. doi:10.1111/vcp.12145

    Boardman, W., Shephard, L., Bastian, I., Globan, M., Fyfe, J., Cousins, D., . . . Woolford, L. (2014). Mycobacterium pinnipedii tuberculosis in a free-ranging Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) in South Australia. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 45(4), 970-972. doi:10.1638/2014-0054.1

    Graham, C., Woolford, L., Johnson, L., & Speight, K. (2014). Age-dependent changes in gross and histological morphology of the thyroid gland in South Australian koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Australian Journal of Zoology, 62(5), 360-365. doi:10.1071/ZO14011

    Schöniger, S., Woolford, L., Jutras, L., Head, E., de Lahunta, A., & Summers, B. (2013). Unusual Features in Four Canine Meningiomas. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 149(2-3), 237-241. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2013.03.003

    Woolford, L., de Lahunta, A., Baiker, K., Dobson, E., & Summers, B. (2013). Ventricular and extraventricular ependymal tumors in 18 Cats. Veterinary Pathology, 50(2), 243-251. doi:10.1177/0300985812452580

    Byard, R., Machado, A., Woolford, L., & Boardman, W. (2013). Symmetry: the key to diagnosing propeller strike injuries in sea mammals. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9(1), 103-105. doi:10.1007/s12024-012-9335-0

    Speight, K., Boardman, W., Breed, W., Taggart, D., Woolford, L., & Haynes, J. (2013). Pathological features of oxalate nephrosis in a population of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in South Australia. Veterinary Pathology, 50(2), 299-307. doi:10.1177/0300985812456215

    Woolford, L., Dillon, B., & Boardman, W. S. J. (2013). Investigating the causes of a newly emerging disease syndrome (alopecia, weight loss and mortality) in Southern hairy nosed wombats in the Murraylands district of South Australia.

    Feary, D., Abraham, S., Woolford, L., & Trott, D. (2013). Identification of Actinomyces denticolens as a cause of a soft tissue abscess in a horse. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91(10), 416-417. doi:10.1111/avj.12102

    Boardman, W. S. J., McAllister, M., Reichel, M. P., Hemmatzadeh, F., & Woolford, L. (2013). Emerging Diseases of Wildlife in Australia: an overview of selected cases.. In Proc of Annual conference of EAZWV. Vienna, Austria.

    Funnell, O., Johnson, L., Woolford, L., Boardman, W., Polkinghorne, A., & McLelland, D. (2013). Conjunctivitis associated with Chlamydia pecorum in three koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in the mount lofty ranges, South Australia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 49(4), 1066-1069. doi:10.7589/2013-03-066

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., Banazis, M., O'Hara, A., Warren, K., Nicholls, P., . . . Fenwick, S. (2011). Coxiella burnetii in Western Barred Bandicoots (Perameles bougainville) from Bernier and Dorre Islands in Western Australia. EcoHealth, 8(4), 519-524. doi:10.1007/s10393-011-0729-3

    Woolford, L., Staniek, G., & Blunden, A. (2010). Pleuropulmonary blastoma in an equine fetus. Veterinary Pathology, 47(6), 1086-1089. doi:10.1177/0300985810374841

    Keir, I., Woolford, L., Hirst, C., & Adamantos, S. (2010). Fatal aortic oesophageal fistula following oesophageal foreign body removal in a dog. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 51(12), 657-660. doi:10.1111/j.1748-5827.2010.01012.x

    Woolford, L., Bennett, M., Sims, C., Thomas, N., Friend, J., Nicholls, P., . . . O'Hara, A. (2009). Prevalence, emergence and factors associated with a viral papillomatosis and carcinomatosis syndrome in wild, reintroduced and captive Western Barred Bandicoots (Perameles bougainville). EcoHealth, 6(3), 414-425. doi:10.1007/s10393-009-0258-5

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., O'Hara, A., Warren, K., & Nicholls, P. (2008). In situ hybridization to detect bandicoot papillomatosis carcinomatosis virus type 1 in biopsies from endangered western barred bandicoots (Perameles bougainville). Journal of General Virology, 89(2), 419-423. doi:10.1099/vir.0.83455-0

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., Stevens, H., Van Ranst, M., Oldfield, T., Slaven, M., . . . Nicholls, P. (2008). Genomic characterization of a novel virus found in papillomatous lesions from a southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) in Western Australia. Virology, 376(1), 173-182. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2008.03.014

    Woolford, L., O'Hara, A., Bennett, M., Slaven, M., Swan, R., Friend, J., . . . Warren, K. (2008). Cutaneous papillomatosis and carcinomatosis in the Western Barred Bandicoot (Perameles bougainville). Veterinary Pathology, 45(1), 95-103. doi:10.1354/vp.45-1-95

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., O'Hara, A., Nicholls, P., & Warren, K. (2008). Clinical chemistry values and tissue enzyme activities in western barred bandicoots (Perameles bougainville). Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 37(2), 221-224. doi:10.1111/j.1939-165X.2008.00040.x

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., O'Hara, A., Nicholls, P., Warren, K., Friend, J., & Swan, R. (2007). Klossiella quimrensis (apicomplexa: klossiellidae) causes renal coccidiosis in Western Barred Bandicoots perameles bougainville (marsupialia: peramelidae) in Western Australia. Journal of Parasitology, 93(1), 89-92. doi:10.1645/GE-1023.1

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., O'Hara, A., Nicholls, P., Warren, K., Hulme-Moir, K., & Clark, P. (2007). Hematologic characteristics of captive western barred bandicoots (Perameles bougainville) from Western Australia. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 36(4), 348-353. doi:10.1111/j.1939-165X.2007.tb00439.x

    Woolford, L., Rector, A., Van Ranst, M., Ducki, A., Bennett, M., Nicholls, P., . . . O'Hara, A. (2007). A novel virus detected in papillomas and carcinomas of the endangered western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville) exhibits genomic features of both the Papillomaviridae and Polyomaviridae. Journal of Virology, 81(24), 13280-13290. doi:10.1128/JVI.01662-07

    Bennett, M., Woolford, L., O'Hara, A., Nicholls, P., Warren, K., & Hobbs, P. (2006). A new eimeria species parasitic in western barred bandicoots, Perameles bougainville (Marsupialia: Peramelidae), in Western Australia. Journal of Parasitology, 92(6), 1292-1294. doi:10.1645/GE-892R.1


  • Professional Associations

    Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation, Scientific Board

    Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology

    American College of Veterinary Pathologists

    Australian College of Veterinary Scientists

    International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology

    Wildlife Disease Association

    American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology

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