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RSPCA Australia's scholarships program has supported many valuable research projects on a variety of animal welfare issues.

Every year, RSPCA Australia offers three scholarships to encourage students to take an active interest in animal welfare issues, to support animal welfare research that might not otherwise attract funding, and to promote the objectives of the RSPCA within the research community.

RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research

The RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research was established in 1989 to advance the cause of animal welfare in Australia.

The scholarship is named after Mr Alan White, a past President of RSPCA Australia and a past President of RSPCA Queensland. The Alan White Scholarship is available to full-time or part-time students in Australian tertiary institutions for the funding of original research aimed at improving the welfare of animals in Australia. The 2023 scholarship award will be for $10,238 and can be used towards any area of research that fits the general scholarship criteria.

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Applications for the 2023 Scholarship have closed
RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research
Year Name Project Title
2023 Heidi Monkman Human DNA detection and use in investigations of non-accidental injuries in animal abuse cases
2022 Victoria Condon Outcomes of feral horse management methods for horses, people and the environment - a One Welfare approach.
2021 Gloeta Massie Identifying the impacts of human attitudes and actions on the welfare of recused wildlife.
2021 Vijay Rawat Working like a dog: Examining the standards and practices related to the welfare of Australian therapy dogs.
2020 Carmen Glanville Identifying the human psychological and behavioural predictors of dog welfare in the home environment.
2019 Amber Brown Developing a novel electronic nose to combat the illegal trade of the native Australian reptile, Tiliqua rugosa.
2018 Gemma Ma Home is where the hound is: Pet ownership in remote New South Wales, Australia and the impact of Aboriginal Community Companion Animal Health Programs (ACCAHPs).
2017 Mark Kelman Can targeted communication and preventative vaccination programs for unvaccinated puppies and dogs lead to a decrease in new Canine Parvovirus cases in high-risk areas and during disease outbreak situations?
2016 Lily van Eeden The dingo in Australian society: public perceptions of dingoes and their management.
2015 Kendy Tzu-Yun Teng Awareness of and attitudes towards two major companion welfare issues: canine inherited diseases and cat obesity in Australia.
2014 Dennis Wormald Re-examining the critical socialisation period in dogs and its relevance to vaccination protocols in Australia.
2013 Cybele May Understanding the knowledge and attitudes of veterinarians regarding issues in cat overpopulation and how these impact on recommendations to clients in clinical practice.
2012 Trudy Sharp Factors influencing public perceptions of kangaroo management.
2011 Kylie Soanes Can road crossing structures be used to preserve arboreal mammal populations?
2010 Georgeanna Story Evaluating the survival of rehabilitated common wombats (Vombatus ursinus) released into free-living populations.
2009 Mia Cobb Examining the physiological effects of domestic dogs entering a kennel facility.
2008 Ian McDonald Reproductive and behavioural effects of a single injection Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) vaccine on Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
2007 Aimee Jade Silla Hormonal induction of sperm release in the roseate frog (Geocrinia rosea).
2006 Patricia Lavery Investigation of PCB concentrations in coastal dolphins in South Australia: Threats to species health and links with parasitic lung nematodes (in progress).
2005 Lyndall Pettett The development of age related oral health care guidelines in zoos.
2004 Shuron Billman Characterising the psychological underpinnings of animal hoarders: a Central Queensland study.
2003 Susan de Burgh Animal welfare education for Australian indigenous and Papua New Guinean primary school children.
2002 Brad Page Reducing the incidence of entanglements on New Zealand fur seals in southern Australia.
2001 Sarah Wright Non-human animal rights - legislation, ethics and reform.
2000 Faith Walker The effects of habitat fragmentation on the genetic and social structure of the southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons).
1999 Daniel Rogers Identification of animal individuals by analysis of acoustic signals.
1998 No recipient
1997 No recipient
1996 Alison Murray Developing the natural behavioural repertoires of nocturnal mammals through enrichment techniques.
1995 No recipient
1994 Ramesh Sivacolundhu Effects of early age desexing of dogs and cats.
1993 Clare Rudkin Pecking and feather pecking in growing chickens.
1992 Steven McLeod Foraging behaviour of red kangaroos and sheep in arid New South Wales.
1991 Erica Seton Anaphylaxis associated with daily heartworm prevention treatment for dogs.

RSPCA Australia Hugh Wirth Humane Animal Production Scholarship

This scholarship category is available for individual research projects that are related to the development of humane alternative farm animal production systems.

Applications for the 2023 Scholarship have closed
RSPCA Australia Hugh Wirth Humane Animal Production Scholarship
Year Name Project Title
2023 Nooshin Hadavi Multi features biometric livestock identification based on efficient vision transformer
2022 Natarsha Williams Can an Animal Welfare Risk Assessment Tool (AWRAT) assist in predicting instances of poor livestock welfare on farms?
2021 No recipient
2020 Sandra Ospina Rios Does maternal contact via cow-calf suckling systems moderate the impact of disbudding on dairy calves?
2019 Laura Field Addressing the consequences of social deprivation experienced by artificially-reared dairy heifers: providing older social models for improved welfare, social and cognitive outcomes.
2018 Natalie Roadknight Investigating practical aspects of avoiding early cow-calf separation on dairy farms.
2017 Danielle Phibbs Evaluation of the effect of perches on leg strength and mobility in meat chickens as assessed in pen studies.
2016 Amelia Cornish Applying the behavioural change wheel to encourage higher welfare food choices
2015 Kate Chaplin (now Kate Dutton-Regester) Understanding dairy farmer intentions to make improvements to their management practices of foot lesions causing lameness in dairy cows.
2014 Lorelle Barrett Developing a methodology for behavioural demand in ducks.
2013 No recipient
2012 Joseph Steer Odours from Merino wool that induce a physiological response in the blowflies Lucilia cuprina.
2011 Sally Healy Australian consumers’ current knowledge of animal agricultural practices: the effect of knowledge on consumer behaviour.
2010 Rebecca Matthews A comparison of sow and piglet behaviour and productivity in the UMB farrowing pen compared to conventional farrowing crates.
2009 Emma Borland Role of shelter belts in free range systems in reducing the need for beak trimming.
2008 Aprille Chadwick Producer attitudes towards animal welfare and the adoption of least stressful reproductive technologies in goats.
2007 Samantha Bickell Investigating the effects of temperament on post parturient ewe and lamb behaviour without human interaction.
2007 Kate Lennon A study of the relationship between ewe behaviour and lamb survival and the heritability of temperament in a Merino flock.
2006 No recipient
2005 Matthew Bollen Evaluation of an integrated management system for controlling flystrike in the absence of mulesing.

RSPCA Australia Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship

The RSPCA Australia Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship is intended to celebrate Sybil Emslie’s life-long commitment to the care and protection of animals by encouraging legal scholarship and practice dedicated to advancing animal welfare.

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RSPCA Australia Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship
Year Name
2023 Alexandra Whittaker
2022 Morgan Stonebridge
2021 Francesca Nyilas
2020 Ashleigh Best
2019 Tara Ward
2018 Britta Maunder
2017 Xanthe Shaw
2016 Dr Meg Good
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