SPIERS, Zoe

Zoe Spiers

Research interests

  • Veterinary pathology
  • Veterinary histopathology
  • Diagnostic investigation of diseases of aquatic organisms
  • Diagnostic investigation of diseases of farm livestock
  • Bivalve pathology including diseases of oysters

Background

Zoe Spiers graduated from Murdoch University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degrees in 2004. In 2010, she completed a PhD at Murdoch University in collaboration with the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and the Pearl Producers Association based on research into an emerging disease of pearl oysters in Western Australia. Her thesis was entitled “The identification and distribution of an intracellular ciliate in pearl oysters, Pinctada maxima (Jameson 1901)”. She attained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Veterinary Pathology in 2009. Zoe has completed training courses in aquatic animal pathology in Australia and the United States. She is involved in diagnostic veterinary pathology across a wide range of species and has a special interest in diseases of aquatic species, particularly bivalve pathology, including diseases of oysters.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Murdoch University - 2004
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) - Murdoch University - 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Murdoch University - 2010
  • Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Pathology) (MACVSc) - 2009
  • Professional associations
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Pathobiology Chapter)

Recent publications

S. A. Murray, G.S. Kohli, H. Farrell, Zoe B. Spiers, A.R. Place, J. J. Dorantes-Aranda, J. Ruszczyk. (2015). A fish kill associated with a bloom of Amphidinium carterae in a coastal lagoon in Sydney, Australia. Harmful Algae. 49, 19–28

Zoe Spiers, M. Gabor, S. Fell, R. B. Carnegie, M. Dove, W. O’Connor, J. Frances, J. Go, Ian B. Marsh and C. Jenkins (2014) “A longitudinal study of winter mortality disease in Saccostrea glomerata (Sydney Rock Oysters)” Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 110: 151–164 (Also presented at the 24th International Conference of the World Association of the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, 2013)

Cheryl Jenkins, Paul Hick, Melinda Gabor, Zoe Spiers, Shayne A. Fell, Xingnian Gu, Andrew Read, Jeffrey Go, Michael Dove, Wayne O’Connor, Peter D. Kirkland and Jane Frances (2013) “First identification and characterisation of an ostreid herpesvirus-1 micro variant (OsHV-1 μ-var) in Pacific oysters in Australia” Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 105(2):109-26

B. Watt, M. Carr, Z. Spiers, K. Dawood. (2011) “Two cases of neurogenic progressive ataxia in merino sheep: Segmental axonopathy and cerebellar abiotrophy” Flock & Herd, http://www.flockandherd.net.au, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities.

Spiers ZB, Biddle AJ, Gabor MJ, Lee E, Gabor LJ. Monocephalic thoracopagus tetrabrachius in twin lambs. Canadian Veterinary Journal 2010;51:1037-1039.

Bearham D, Spiers ZB, Raidal SR, Jones JB, Nicholls PK. Detection of Minchinia occulta in samples of pearl oysters Pinctada maxima infected by Haplosporidium hinei. Australian Veterinary Journal 2009;87:430-437.

Spiers ZB, Bearham D, Jones JB, O'Hara AJ, Raidal SR. Intracellular ciliated protozoal infection in silverlip pearl oysters, Pinctada maxima (Jameson, 1901). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 2008;99:247-253.

Bearham D, Spiers Z, Raidal SR, Jones JB, Nicholls PK. Spore ornamentation of Minchinia occulta n. sp. (Haplosporidia) in rock oysters Saccostrea cuccullata (Born, 1778). Parasitology 2008;135:1271-12780.

Bearham D, Spiers Z, Raidal S, Jones JB, Burreson EM, Nicholls PK. Spore ornamentation of Haplosporidium hinei n. sp. (Haplosporidia) in pearl oysters Pinctada maxima (Jameson, 1901). Parasitology 2008;135:521-527.

Bearham D, Spiers Z, Raidal S, Jones JB, Nicholls PK. Detection of Minchinia sp., in rock oysters Saccostrea cuccullata (Born, 1778) using DNA probes. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 2008;97:50-60.

Bearham D, Spiers Z, Raidal S, Jones JB, Nicholls PK. Molecular characterisation of a haplosporidian parasite infecting rock oysters Saccostrea cuccullata in north Western Australia. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 2007;95:33-40.

Fields of research

  • 070703 Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics
  • 070709 Veterinary Pathology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Contact details

Email: zoe.spiers@dpi.nsw.gov.au