Dr Susan Hazel

Dr Susan Hazel
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
 Email susan.hazel@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8521 2828
 Location Floor/Room G 04 ,  J.S. Davies ,   Roseworthy
  • Biography/ Background

    I graduated in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 1987 and since then have worked in private veterinary practice in Australia and the UK; completed a PhD studying the role of growth factors in chronic renal failure at the Womens & Childrens Hospital in Adelaide; had postdoctoral positions in Stockholm, Sweden and in Sydney; ran a research laboratory at the IMVS in Adelaide developing a model of angiogenesis using chick embryos, and; worked as a systematic reviewer for ASERNIP-S and as an independent reviewer for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). In 2006 I took up my present position at the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide.

  • Awards & Achievements

    Exceptional Teaching Performance, School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide (2012)

  • Teaching Interests

    Course Coordination and Teaching

    • Companion Animal & Equine Studies (Year 2 Animal Science)
    • Principles of Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics (Year 1 Animal Science & Pre-veterinary)

    Teaching Grants

    • Nationally shared curriculum resources for veterinary undergraduate learning in animal welfare and ethics (Prof Paul McGreevy, Prof Andrew Fisher, Prof Kevin Stafford, Prof Clive Phillips, Dr Teresa Collins, Dr Janice Lloyd, Dr Raf Freire) OLT Grant ($378,000)
    • A multidisciplinary approach to flexible learning and improving student feedback through implementation of the Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) at the University of Adelaide  (Cathy Snelling, Sophie Karanicolas, Eleanor Pierce, Mario Ricci, Susan Hazel) LTC Implementation Grant ($16,000)
    • A Team Based Approach to improve student learning outcomes and enhance graduate attributes at the University of Adelaide (Susan Hazel) LTC Implementation Grant ($5,000)
    • Outcomes and uptake of explicit research skill development across degree programs: 'It's got a practical application in my world.' (ALTC Grant, $403,725) (Dr John Willison Project Leader + 24 in Project Team)
  • Research Interests

    • Human-Animal Interactions (Convenor of the Human-Animal Research Group in Adelaide; see HARG)
    • Animal assisted therapy
    • Animal Welfare
    • Animal Behaviour

    Current PhD Projects

    • Heat stress in greyhounds (Dr Jane McNicholl, co-supervised with Dr Phil Stott & Assoc Prof Gordon Howarth)
    • Behavioural effects of placental restriction, neonatal growth and dietary methyl supplementation in lambs (Damien Hunter, co-supervised with Prof Julie Owens, Kathy Gatford, Julia Pitcher, Karen Kind)

    • Maternal behaviour and its relationship to stress responses in puppies (Veronika Czerwinski, co-supervised by Prof Phil Hynd, Dr Brad Smith and Dr Michelle McArthur)
    • Canine separation anxiety: Nature or nurture? (Jasmin Peacock, co-supervised by Dr Brad Smith, Dr Michelle McArthur)

    Completed PhD Project

    • The relationship between lamb temperament and meat quality (Cathy Dodd, co-supervised by Prof Wayne Pitchford & Dr Janelle Hocking-Edwards; Accepted Dec 2014)

    Current Hons Projects

    • A study of dog training harnesses and halters (Petra Edwards)
    • An exploratory study of bacterial contamination of eggs from the free range production system and the potential association with welfare measures (Talia Moyle; supervised by Dr Vaibhov Gole, Dr Kapil Chousalkar, Dr Kelly Drake)
    • Lairage factors affecting dark cutting beef (Farrah Preston; supervised with Prof Wayne Pitchford, Dr Steven Lee, Dr Cathy Burnard, Michael Wilkes)

    Previous Hons Projects

    • A study of dog learning and behaviour in an animal shelter (Lucy Braendler)
    • Pet relinquishment by the elderly entering care (Hayleigh Bridgman, co-supervised by Dr Anne Hamilton-Bruce and Dr Lisel O/Dwyer)
    • A comparison of learning in dingos and domestic dogs (Suzanne Hallett; co-supervised by Dr Brad Smith, CQU)
    • Alternative sources of puppies (Mark Seaman; co-supervisor Dr Michelle McArthur, supported by Dog and Cat Management Board)
    • Effect of methyl supplementation on stress responses in lambs with intrauterine growth retardation (Alexandra Jordan; co-supervisor Dr Kathy Gatford)
    • Impact of intrauterine growth retardation in lambs on stress responses, and neuronal density and glucocorticoid receptor expression in the hippocampus (Kaitlyn Crabb; co-supervisors Dr Kathy Gatford, Prof Stefan Hiendleder)
    • A study of dog attacks in Charles Sturt Council (Ian Buxton)
    • The impact of intrauterine growth restriction on stress related behaviour in sheep (Danila Marini)
    • Puppy & Up: A longitudinal study of puppy temperament and owner attachment (Ashwin Nathan, co-supervisor Dr Michelle McArthur)
    • Formal evaluation of the 'We are Family' program (Alicia Kemp, co-supervisors Prof Anna Chur-Hansen, Dr Michelle McArthur, supported by the Dog and Cat Management Board)
    • Feeding strategies to reduce 'frustration' and aggression amongst group housed sows and gilts (Anthony Martyniuk, co-supervisor Dr Will van Wettere, supported by APL)
    • Puppy socialisation programs in Adelaide (Abbie Matheson, supported by the Dog and Cat Management Board)
    • Effect of treatment and behaviour of prime cattle pre-slaughter and energy reserves as indicated by ultimate pH of beef. (Cathy Dodd, co-supervised with Assoc Prof Wayne Pitchford and Dr Dave Rutley)
    • Obesity in dogs (Tegan Hadley, co-supervised with Dr Karen Kind, Prof Phil Hynd and Dr Jane McNicholl)
    • Role of shelter belts in free range systems in reducing the need for beak trimming (Emma Borland; co-supervised with Phil Glatz, SARDI)
    • A study of the optimal method of euthanasia in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) (Tim Trainor, co-supervised with Dr Cindy Bottema)
    • Evaluation of Ganoderma for treatment of surgical mulesing wounds (Danielle Davis; co-supervised with Prof Phil Hynd)
    • Genotype by nutrition interactions on duration of postpartum anoestrus in beef cows via assessment of cow behaviour (Rachel Savage, co-supervised with Dr Karen Kind & Assoc Prof Wayne Pitchford)
    • Behavioural and Physiological Methods to Predict Future Success in Guide Dog Puppies in the Royal Society for the Blind Guide Dogs Program (Ally Hirst, co-supervised with Chris Muldoon)

    Past Masters Project

    A longitudinal pilot study comparing the link between attachment and RSB Guide Dog puppy educator's physical and psychological health (Lucy-Kate Werner, co-supervised with Prof Anna Chur-Hansen)


  • Publications

    Hunter DS, Hazel SJ, Kind KL, Liu H, Marini D, Giles LC, De Blasio MJ, Owens JA, Pitcher JB, Gatford KL (In press) Placental and foetal growth restriction, size at birth and neonatal growth alter cognitive function and behaviour in sheep in an age- and sex-specific manner. Physiology & Behavior http://doi.org/10.106/j.physbeh.2015.08.042

    Hazel SJ and Lloyd JKF (In press) The impact of social stress on animal health and welfare. The Veterinary Journal http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2015.08.007

    Hazel SJ, O'Dwyer L, Ryan T (2015) "Chickens are a lot smarter than I originally thought": Changes in student attitudes to chickens following a chicken training class. animals 5(3):821-837 doi:10.3390/ani5030386 http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/5/3/0386

    Johnson J, Collins T, Degeling C, Fawcett A, Fisher A.D., Freire R, Hazel SJ, Hood J, Phillips C.J.C., Stafford K, Tzioumis V, McGreevy P.D. (2015) The First Shared Online Curriculum Resources for Veterinary Undergraduate Learning and Teaching in Animal Welfare and Ethics in Australia and New Zealand animals 5: 395-406 doi:10.3390/ani5020362

    Kirrilly Thompson,*, Lisel O'Dwyer, Anne Sharp, Bradley Smith, Christian John Reynolds, Tegan Hadley and Susan Hazel (2015) A dog's breakfast: Understanding pet alimentation in the context of food waste. Sustainability 7(6), 7195-7213; doi:10.3390/su7067195 

    Burnard CL, Pitchford WS, Hocking Edwards JE, Hazel SJ (2015) Facilities, breed and experience affect ease of sheep handling: the livestock transporter's perspective. Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1751731115000543

    Siow JW, Hazel SJ, McArthur ML (2015) A survey of companion animal weight loss programs in a metropolitan capital city. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 45(2):68-74

    Chur-Hansen A, Werner L-K, McGuiness CE, Hazel S (2015) The experience of being a guide dog puppy raiser volunteer: a longitudinal qualitative collective case study. animals 5:1-12 http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/5/1/1

    Hunter DS, Hazel SJ, Kind KL, Liu H, Marini D, Owens JA, Pitcher JB, Gatford KL (2015) Do I turn left or right? Effects of sex, age, experience and exit route on maze test performance in sheep. Physiology & Behavior 139:244–253 http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Q5vt7Gmzqaql

    Dodd CL, Hocking Edwards JE, Hazel SJ, Pitchford WS (2014) Flight speed and agitation in weaned lambs: Genetic and non-genetic effects and relationship with carcass quality. Livestock Science 160:12-20

    Chur-Hansen A, McArthur M, Winefield H, Hanieh E, Hazel SJ (2014) Animal assisted interventions in children's hospitals: A critical review of the literature. Anthrozoos 27:5-18

    Dodd, C.L., Hocking Edwards, J.E., Hazel, S.J. and Pitchford, W.S., (2013). Genetic and non-genetic effects on flight speed and agitation in weaned lambs. Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Napier, New Zealand, vol. 20, pp. 114-117.

    Hazel SJ, Heberle N, McEwen M-M, Adams K (2013) Team-Based Learning (TBL) increases active engagement and enhances development of teamwork and communication skills in a first year course for veterinary and animal science undergraduates. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 40(4):333-341

    Dodd CL, Pitchford WS, Hocking-Edwards JE, Hazel SJ (2012) Measures of behavioural reactivity and their relationships with production traits in sheep: a review Applied Animal Behaviour Science 40:1-15

    Hazel SJ, Signal T, Taylor N (2011) Can teaching veterinary and animal science students about animal welfare affect their attitude to animals and human-related empathy? Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 38:74-83 

    Hynd P, Hazel SJ (2010) Animal Science education in Australia- current situation and future needs. Are current training and education programs appropriate for the animal industry needs over the next 10-15 years? Proc Aust Soc Anim Prod 28:24-31

    Hazel SJ, van Hout P, Luxton B (2010) Fenced Dog Parks in Adelaide. Proceedings of the AIAM Annual Conference, Glenelg, Adelaide, October

    Hazel SJ (2010) Teaching animal welfare and ethics to undergraduate students, Proceedings of the Australian Veterinary Association PanPac Meeting


    Invited Presentations

    Hazel SJ 'Dogs and Humans in Urban Settings: Risks and Benefits (2013) The Australian Veterinary Forensics, Law and Animal Conference (Gold Coast Australia) December 12-13, 2012 (http://www.forensicvet.com/pages/index.asp?title=The_Australian_Veterinary_Forensics_and_Law_conference)

    Hazel SJ Promoting positive animal welfare in undergraduate teaching. RSPCA Annual Scientific Seminar (Canberra Australia) February 26, 2013 (http://www.rspca.org.au/what-we-do/science-and-policies/science-seminars.html)

  • Professional Associations

  • Community Engagement

    • Member, Dog & Cat Management Board of SA (http://www.dogandcatboard.com.au/)
    • Member of two SA Animal Ethics Committees



  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesAnimals & Veterinary Science
    ExpertiseAnimal Welfare; Animal Behaviour; Human-Animal Interactions
    NotesMember, SA Animal Welfare Advisory Committee Member, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Animal Welfare Chapter Member, Australian Veterinary Association
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