Sarah Gestier


Sarah Gestier is a veterinarian and works as a veterinary virologist at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI), Menangle. Sarah has membership in veterinary pathology with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and has passed Phase 1 of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists specialist qualification in veterinary anatomical pathology.  Sarah has completed an MPhil thesis at The University of Queensland looking at the immunology of bovine respiratory disease.

Sarah works as a veterinary virologist as a member of the diagnostic team to oversee the laboratory's diagnostic and health certification testing.  Sarah is the supervisor for final year veterinary students undertaking practical placement with the virology laboratory.

Sarah is currently conducting research on the pathogenicity of different bluetongue virus serotypes in sheep as well as the progression of Ostreid Herpesvirus (OsHV-1) infection in experimentally infected Pacific oysters.  She is also developing methods for the detection of a novel virus that has caused a large disease outbreak in an endangered species of turtle.


  • BVSc – University of Queensland 2007
  • MANZCVS (Veterinary Pathology) – The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists 2012

Current projects

Studies of the virology and histopathology of Ostreid Herpesvirus (OsHV-1) infection in Pacific oysters

Recent publications

Gestier S, Cook RW, Agnew W, Kiupel MJ (2012). Silent Pituitary Corticotroph Carcinoma in a Young Dog. Comparative Pathology Vol 146, pp 327-331

Smith, L. C. R., Zedler, S. T., Gestier, S., Keane, S. E., Goodwin, W. and van Eps, A. W.
(2011), Bilateral dentigerous cysts (heterotopic polyodontia) in a yearling Standardbred colt. Equine Veterinary Education. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3292.2011.00341.x

Fields of research

  • 070703 Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics
  • 070709 Veterinary Pathology
  • 070712 Veterinary Virology

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Veterinary virology
  • Diagnostic virology
  • Veterinary pathology
  • Animal health

Contact details

Location: Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle