Dr Wayne Boardman

Dr Wayne Boardman
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
 Email wayne.boardman@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1246
 Location Floor/Room G 07 ,  Leske ,   Roseworthy
  • Biography/ Background

    Wayne Boardman is a dedicated wildlife veterinarian and conservationist.  After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Wayne worked for five years in mixed practice in England and New Zealand, before taking up a new position as Veterinary officer at Auckland Zoo.  During this time, he worked closely with the Department of Conservation as veterinary clinician for their endangered species programs. Following a period as veterinarian at Perth Zoo, he then worked as Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Medicine at Massey University, NZ a joint posting between the university and the Department of Conservation developing systems and standards for endangered species like Kakapo and Takahe.  A period as Senior veterinarian at Taronga Zoo, Sydney was followed by consultancy work in Cambodia training wildlife veterinarians.  He then spent nearly three years in Uganda capacity building for the Jane Goodall Institute and the World Bank working with species such as chimpanzees and mountain gorillas.  After a short wildlife consultancy in China, he became Head of Veterinary Services for the Zoological Society of London.  During this period he ran and participated in training courses in wildlife health in several countries in Africa and Asia. In 2006, he took up a position as Head of Veterinary Conservation Programs at Zoos South Australia before joining the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2011 as Lecturer in wildlife and conservation medicine and veterinary biosecurity. In 2014, he was promoted to Senior lecturer and became a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine in Wildlife Population Health and European Registered Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health)

  • Qualifications

    1984  B Vet Med         Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

    1984  MRCVS              Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

    1994  MANZCVS         Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Zoo medicine)

    1995  MANZCVS         Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Avian medicine)

    2014  Dipl ECZM          Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health)

  • Teaching Interests

    Conservation biology, veterinary biosecurity, emerging infectious diseases, wildlife health and medicine, zoo medicine, conservation medicine, wildlife management, wildlife anaesthesia

    Course coordinator for “Wildlife and Conservation Practice” in DVM II and teach into other courses in BSc Vet Bioscience, BSc Animal Science and DVM programs.

  • Research Interests

    Conservation of endangered species, emerging wildlife diseases, wildlife disease ecology, health and diseases of Australian native wildlife, wildlife anaesthesia



    • Ecology, epidemiology and modelling of diseases of Australian bats
    • Southern Hairy nosed wombat health and disease
    • Aetiology and Epidemiology of Macropod Protozoal rhinitis
    • Chytridiomycosis in frogs of the Adelaide hills
    • Koala health and disease
  • Publications

    Refereed Journal Articles:


    1.     F Hemmatzadeh, WSJ Boardman, A Alinejad, A Hematzade, M Kharazian Moghadam. 2016. Molecular and serological survey of selected viruses in free-ranging wild ruminants in Iran. Accepted PLOS ONE.

    2.     KN Speight, PL Whiteley, L Woolford, PJ Duignan, B Bacci, S Lathe, WSJ Boardman, TF Scheelings, O Funnell, G Underwood and  MA Stevenson. 2016. Outbreaks of sarcoptic mange in free-ranging koala populations in Victoria and South Australia: a case series. Accepted AVJ.

    3.     Chen MMS, Boardman WSJ, Brown MH. 2016. Methicillin resistance gene diversity in staphylococci isolated from captive and free-ranging wallabies. Infect Ecol and Epidemiol.  doi.org/10.3402/iee.v5.31507

    4.     Van Zijll Langhout M, Raath JP, Caraguel CGB, Boardman WSJ. 2016. Evaluation of etorphine and midazolam anesthesia, and the effect of intravenous butorphanol on cardiopulmonary parameters in White rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum). J Zoo Wildl Med. 47(3): 827–833.

    5.     Speight KN, A Polkinghorne, R Penn, WSJ Boardman, P Timms, T Fraser, K Johnson, R Faull, S Bate and L Woolford. 2015. The prevalence and impact of Chlamydia pecorum infections on South Australian koalas. J Wildl Dis. 52(2). DOI: 10.7589/2015-05-120.

    6.     Ostendorf B, Boardman WSJ, Taggart D. 2016. Islands as refugia for threatened species: Multi-species translocation and evidence of species interactions four decades on. Accepted Aust Mammal.

    7.     Chen MMS, Boardman WSJ, Smith I, Goodman AE, Brown MH. 2015. Characterisation of β-lactam resistance mediated by blaZ in staphylococci recovered in captive and wild wallabies.  J Glob Antimicrob Resist. doi:10.1016/j.jgar.2015.05.002

    8.     Bird PS, Boardman WSJ, Trott DJ and Blackall LL. 2015. Marsupial Oral Cavity Microbiome. Microbiol Aus. doi:10.1071/MA15009

    9.     Anderson GI, Boardman WSJ, Davies S, McEwen M. 2015.  Surgical treatment of a bilateral femoral Salter-Harris Type I fracture in a juvenile Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. Vet Rec Case Rep. Doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000099

    10.  Boardman WSJ, Shephard L, Bastian I, Globan M, Fyfe JAM, Cousins DV, Machado A, Woolford L. 2014. Mycobacteria pinnipedii tuberculosis in an Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) in South Australia. J Zoo Wildl Med. 45:4, 970-972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1638/2014-0054.1

    11.  Chen MMS, Boardman WSJ, Smith I, Goodman AE, Brown MH. 2014. Nasal colonization of Staphylococcus spp among captive and free-ranging wallabies in South Australia. J Vet Sci & Med Diagn. 3:2 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2325-9590.1000136, 3:2.

    12.  Speight KN, Haynes JI, Boardman WSJ, Breed WG, Taggart D, Rich B and Woolford L. 2014. Plasma biochemistry and urinalysis variables of koalas  (Phascolarctos cinereus) with and without oxalate nephrosis. Vet Clin Pathol. 43:2, 244–254. DOI: 10.1111/vcp.12145.

    13.  Debrincat S, Taggart D, Rich B, Beveridge I, Boardman WSJ, Dibben R. 2014.  Effects of overnight captivity on the antioxidant capacity and clinical chemistry of Southern hairy nosed wombats. (Lasiorhinus latifrons). J Zoo Wildl Med. Vol 45:3, 469-475. http://dx.doi.org/10.1638/2012-0154R.1.

    14.  Keren Cox-Witton, Andrea Reiss, Rupert Woods, Victoria Grillo, Rupert T. Baker, David J. Blyde, Wayne Boardman, Stephen Cutter, Claude Lacasse, Helen McCracken, Michael Pyne, Ian Smith, Simone Vitali, Larry Vogelnest, Dion Wedd, Martin Phillips, Chris Bunn, and Lyndel Post. 2014. Emerging infectious diseases in free-ranging wildlife – Australian zoo based wildlife hospitals contribute to national surveillance. PLOS ONE. 9(5) e 95127

    15.  Boardman WSJ, Lethbridge MR, Hampton JO, Smith I, Woolnough A, McEwen M-M, Miller GWJ, Caraguel CGB. 2014. Evaluation of medetomidine - ketamine and medetomidine - ketamine - butorphanol for the field anesthesia of free ranging Dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. J Wildl Dis. Vol 54:4, 873-882.

    16.  Lucy Woolford, Mary T Fletcher, Wayne S J Boardman. 2014. Suspected Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Hepatotoxicosis in Wild Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons). J Agric Food Chem. 62, 7413-7418.  DOI: 10.1021/jf405811n.

    17.  Boardman WSJ, Caraguel CGB, Raath JP, Van Zijll Langhout M. 2014. Intravenous butorphanol does improve cardiopulmonary parameters in game ranched White rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum) immobilized with etorphine and azaperone. J Wildl Dis. Vol 54:4, 849-857.

    18.  Boardman WSJ, Caraguel CGB, Gill S, Herman K, McEwen M-M, Haghighi LC, Smith I. 2014. Mass capture and anesthesia of bridled nailtail wallabies (Onychogalea fraenata) using medetomidine and ketamine. J Wildl Dis. Vol 54:4, 858-863.

    19.  J. Antiabong, WSJ. Boardman and A. Ball. 2014. What can we learn from the microbial ecological interactions associated with polymicrobial diseases? Vet Immunol Immunop 158: 30-36.

    20.  Speight KN, Haynes JI, Boardman WSJ, Breed WG, Taggart D, Leigh C and Rich B. 2013. Eucalyptus spp. Leaf oxalate content and its implications for koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with oxalate nephrosis. Aust J Zool. 61(5) 366-371.

    21.  McLelland D, Reardon T, Bourne S, Dickason C, Kessell A, Boardman WSJ. 2013. Outbreak of skin nodules associated with Riouxgolvania beveridgei in the Southern Bentwing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii), South Australia. J Wildl Dis. 49(4)1009–1013.

    22.  Funnell O, Johnson L, Woolford L, Boardman WSJ, Polkinghorne A, McLelland D. 2013.  Conjunctivitis associated with Chlamydia pecorum in three koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia. J Wildl Dis. 49(4) 1066–1069.

    23.  Antiabong JF, Boardman WSJ, Adetutu EM, Brown, MH Ball AS. 2013. Does anaerobic bacterial antibiosis decrease fungal diversity in oral necrobacillosis disease? Res Vet Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rvsc.2013.09.008

    24.  Antiabong JF, Boardman WSJ, Smith I, Brown MH, Ball AS, et al. 2013. Detection of Fusobacterium necrophorum Leukotoxin (lkta) Gene Sequence in the Oral Cavity of Captive Macropods. J Vet Sci Med Diagn. 2:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9590.1000114.

    25.  Antiabong JF, Boardman WSJ,, R. B. Moore, M.H. Brown, A.S Ball. 2013. The oral microbial community of gingivitis and lumpy jaw in captive macropods. Res.Vet.Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rvsc.2013.08.010.

    26.  J.F. Antiabong, D. Jardine, W. Boardman, M.H. Brown, A.S Ball. 2013. A molecular ecological approach to the detection and designation of the etiological agents of a model polymicrobial disease. J Vet Diagn Invest. DOI: 10.1177/1040638713493628.

    27.  P.Clark, W Boardman, S Raidal. 2013. Haematological characteristics of individuals from nine species of Australian cockatoos in response to naturally occurring disease and injury. Comp Clin Pathol. Doi 10.1007/s00580-013-1766-9.

    28.  P.Clark, W Boardman, S Raidal. 2013. Haematological responses of Australian owls to naturally occurring disease or injury. Comp Clin Pathol. DOI 10.1007/s00580-013-1731-7.

    29.  Antiabong JF, Boardman WSJ, I. Smith, M. Brown, A. Ball, A. Goodman. 2013. A molecular survey of a captive wallaby population for periodontopathogens and the co-incidence of Fusobacterium necrophorum subspecies necrophorum with periodontal diseases. Vet Microbiol. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetmic.2013.01.012

    30.  Antiabong JF, Boardman WSJ, I. Smith, M. Brown, A. Ball, A. Goodman. 2012. “Cycliplex PCR” confirmation of Fusobacterium necrophorum isolates from captive wallabies: A rapid and accurate approach. Anaerobe. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1075996412001710)

    31.  Speight KN, WSJ Boardman, W Breed, D Taggart, L Woolford, and J Haynes. 2012. Pathological Features of Oxalate Nephrosis in a population of Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in South Australia. Vet Pathol. 2013 50(2):299-307.

    32.  A.Woolnough, J.Hampton, S. Campbell, M. Lethbridge, W. Boardman, T.Sharp, K.Rose. 2012. Field Immobilization of Feral Judas Donkeys (Equus asinus) by remote injection of medetomidine and ketamine and anatagonism with atipamezole. J Wildl Dis. 48 (2) 435-443.

    33.  Byard R, Machado A, Woolford L and Boardman W. 2012. Symmetry - the key to diagnosing strike injuries in sea mammals. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. Forensic Sci Med. Pathol DOI 10.1007/s12024-012-9335-0.

    34.  Byard R, Machado A, Winskog C and Boardman W. 2012. The assessment of lethal propeller injuries in sea mammals. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. J Forensic Legal Med. 19 158-161.

    35.  W.Boardman and M.Reichel. 2011. Zoonotic disease in South Australia: the role of wildlife. Public Health Bulletin SA. Vol 8, 2, 42-46.

    36.  Byard R.W and W. Boardman. 2011.  The potential role of forensic pathologists in veterinary forensic pathology. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. DOI 10.1007/s12024-011-9241-x

    37.  Byard R, Machado A, Braun K, Solomon, L and Boardman W. 2010.  Mechanisms of deaths in captive juvenile NZ fur seals (Actocephalus forsteri).  Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 6:217–220 DOI 10.1007/s12024-010-9165-x

    38.  C. Kilgallon, E Flach, W Boardman, A Routh, T Strike, B Jackson. 2008. Analysis of Biochemical Markers of Bone Metabolism in Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus). J Zoo Wild Med. 39(4):527-536.

    39.  M. Taema, J Bull, S, Macgregor, E Flach, W Boardman, A Routh. 2008. Retrospective study of Campylobacter infection in a zoological collection. Appl Environ Microbiol, Vol 74, 5, 1332-8

    40.  R. Pizzi, J. C. Gordon, E. J. Flach, A. D. Routh, B. Clark, WSJ Boardman. 2008. Capillaria hepatica (syn Calodium hepaticum) in primates in a zoological collection in the UK. Vet Rec. 163, 690-691

    41.  P Clark, W Boardman, P Duignan. (2008). Cytology of haematological cells of otariid seals indigenous to Australasian waters.  Aust Vet J.  Vol 80, (3): 161-4

    42.  Wenger S, W Boardman, P Buss, D Govender, C Foggin. 2007. The cardiopulmonary effects of etorphine, azaperone, detomidine, and butorphanol in field-anesthetized white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum). J Zoo Wildl Med. 38 (3):380-7

    43.  F. Leendertz, G Pauli,K. Maetz-Rensing, W. Boardman, C. Nunn, H. Ellerbrok, S. Jensen, S. Junglen  and C. Boesch. 2006. Pathogens as drivers of population declines: The importance of systematic monitoring in great apes and other threatened mammals. Biol Cons Vol 131, p325-337

    44.  P.Watts, K Buley, S. Sanderson, W.Boardman, C. Ciofi & R. Gibson. 2006. Parthenogenesis in Komodo dragons. Nature. 444, 1021-1022 (21 December 2006)

    45.  T.B. Hildebrandt, F. Goritz, W. Boardman, T. Strike, G. Strauss, K. Jewgenow. 2006. A non-surgical uterine lavage technique in large cats intended for treatment of uterine infection-induced infertility. Theriogeniology. Volume 66, Issues 6–7, p1783–1786.

    46.  Clark P and Boardman W. 2005. Haematological response to naturally occurring disease in the western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroyi). Comp Clin Path. 13: 182–185

    47.  P. Clark, P. Holz, R. Booth, R. Jakob-Hoff, D. Cooper, W. Boardman, B. Parry and R. Norman. 2003. Haematological characteristics of captive parma wallabies (Macropus parma). Comp Clin Path 12.1

    48.  H. Hesterman, N. Gregory, W.Boardman.  2001. Deflighting procedures and their welfare implications in captive wild birds. Anim Welfare. Vol 10 No 4. 405-419.

    49.  P. Ramsey, W. Boardman, B. McDonald, C. Roberts, I. Fraser. 2000. Chorionic villus sampling for sex determination in a Western Lowland Gorilla. J Zoo Wildl Med. 31 (4):532-8

    50.  J. Creeper, D. Main, L. Berger, S. Huntress and W.Boardman. 1998. An outbreak of Mucormycosis in slender tree frogs (Litoria adelensis) and white-lipped tree frogs (Litoria infrafrenata). Aust Vet J. Vol 76 (11): 761-762

    51.  J.Ladyman, G.Kuchling, D.Burford, W.Boardman, S.Raidal. 1998.  Skin disease affecting the conservation of the western swamp tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina). Aust Vet J. Vol 76 (11):743-745

    52.  A.Svensson, J.Mills, W.Boardman, S.Huntress. 1998.  Hematology and Serum Biochemistry Reference Values for Anaesthetised Chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroi). J Zoo Wildl Med. Vol 29 (3):311-314

    53.  E.Ramsay, M.Loomis, K.Mehren, W.Boardman, J.Jensen, D. Geiser. 1998.  Chemical restraint of the Nile Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in captivity. J Zoo Wildl Med. Vol 29(1):45-39

    54.  D.Schultz, I.Hough, W.Boardman. 1996. Special challenges of maintaining wildlife in captivity in Australia and New Zealand to prevent infectious and parasitic diseasesRev Sci Tech Off Int Epiz, 15 (1), 289-308.


    Books and Manuals:

    1.     Philip Clark, Wayne Boardman and Shane Raidal. 2009. Book. Atlas of Clinical Avian Hematology, Wiley Blackwell.

    2.     Unwin, S, W. Boardman, Colin, C, Bailey, J.W. and Mugisha, L. 2009. Manual. Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) Veterinary Healthcare Manual (2nd Ed). Portland, Oregon, USA.

    3.     W. Boardman, E.Dubuis, J Fielder, S. Unwin. 2004. Manual. Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) Veterinary Healthcare Manual (1st Ed). Portland, Oregon, USA.


    Book Chapters:

    1.     WSJ Boardman. 2015. Biosecurity. In Bovine Medicine 3rd Ed. Ed P. Cockcroft. Wiley.

    2.     L. Woolford, M Fletcher and WSJ Boardman. 2014. Suspected toxic hepatopathy of plant origin in wild southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons). In Poisonous Plants: Toxicology, Ecology, Management, and Medicine (ML Zhao, TL Wierenga, KE Panter, XL Gao, eds). ISOPP9 Committee, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, PR China. 2014. ISBN 978 0 692 41390 6.

    3.     Wayne Boardman. 2006. Veterinary Care of Kiwi. In Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine. Ed Fowler and Miller. 6th ed, Saunders Publ.

    4.     Wayne Boardman and Barbara Blanchard. 2005. Veterinary care of Tuatara. In Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Ed D Mader. Elsevier 2nd Ed.

    5.     Wayne Boardman. 2003. Tuatara.  In Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine. Ed Fowler and Miller. 5th ed, Saunders Publishing.

    6.     W.Boardman, S.Huntress, R.Jakob-Hoff, C.Monaghan, A.Reiss, M.Lynch. 2001. Medical and Surgical Management of foot abscesses in captive Asiatic Elephants. In The Elephant’s Foot: Prevention and Care of Foot Conditions in Captive Asian and African Elephants. Ed  B Csuti, EL Sargent and US Bechert. Wiley-Blackwell.


    Technical Reports:

    1.     Lethridge MR, Strauss J, Andrews L, Woolford L Wells R and Boardman WSJ. 2015.  The effects of resource availability on the health of the southern hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons in the South Australian Murraylands. Report to NVS.

    2.     L. Woolford, B. Dillon and W. Boardman. 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. Report to the Nature Foundation of SA.

    3.     WSJ Boardman, M Lethbridge, M Harper, A Woolnough. Standard Operating Procedure-Field Anaesthesia of Camels. 2012. Pestsmart.org.au. Publ Invasive Animals CRC. file:///Volumes/Boardman%20Data/COURSES/SUMMER%20SCHOOL%20VERT%20PEST/2015/FIELD%20ANAESTHESIA%20OF%20CAMELScam004_Immob.pdf

    4.     A.Woolnough, M Lethbridge, J. Hampton, WSJ Boardman, K Rose, S Campbell, T.Sharp. 2011. Development of SOPs and a training package for the field immobilisation of large herbivores in Judas control programs. Pestsmart.org.au. Report to the Australian Pest Animal Research program.  Publ Invasive Animals CRC. file:///Volumes/Boardman%20Data/COURSES/SUMMER%20SCHOOL%20VERT%20PEST/2015/Woolnough2011_APARPfinalreport.pdf

    5.      R. Jackson, R. Morris and W. Boardman. 2000.  Development of a method for evaluating the risk to New Zealand’s indigenous fauna from the introduction of exotic pests – including a case study on native parrots. Science for Conservation 138. Department of Conservation, Wellington, NZ.

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  • Professional Associations

    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow - UniSA, Australia

    Member of the Wildlife Disease Association

    Member of the Examinations Committee - European College of Zoological Medicine

    Member of the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians

    Member of the Australian Wildlife Health Network – University Focus Group

    Member of FAUNA Research Alliance

    Member of the South Australian Wildlife Health Network 

    Member of the Scientific Committee Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO)

    Member - (Australasian section) World Conservation Union (IUCN) - Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

    Member World Conservation Union (IUCN) - Wildlife Health Specialist Group

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesAnimals & Veterinary Science, Environment
    Expertisewildlife health, wildlife disease, zoo animal health, primate health and disease, elephant health and disease, NZ native fauna health and disease, Australian fauna health and disease, Camel health and disease, Ecohealth, Conservation Medicine

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