Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the Limelight: Cyril Stephen

Position:  Senior lecturer in Veterinary Reproduction

Organisation: Charles Sturt University School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Career Brief

Dr Cyril StephenI completed a degree in Veterinary Science from Kerala Agricultural University in India and then worked as a veterinary surgeon in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Kerala for 10 years. In 2006, I moved to Canada to pursue a doctoral residency programme in Theriogenology (DVSc – Doctorate in Veterinary Science) at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. After completing the doctorate, I worked as an Assistant Professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In late 2010, I moved to Australia and joined Charles Sturt. I am a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, and a registered specialist in veterinary reproduction providing clinical theriogenology services at the Charles Sturt Veterinary Clinical Centre.

Research and Teaching Activities and Interests

Research activities
I have a long-standing interest in cattle reproduction, particularly pathophysiologies that contribute to uterine diseases, reproductive losses, and management of cattle in extensive production systems to minimise calf loss. My current research focuses on calf loss in North Australian beef herds. I recently concluded a project focused on designing and developing a telemetric device (Calf Alert) for remote monitoring of calving, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). A new project, also funded by MLA, will aim to assess impact of blood prolactin concentrations on maternal behaviour and calf health in beef cattle.

Some other projects that I am currently involved in include:

  • Factors influencing reproductive success in the sheep industry in Australia
  • Effect of Spirulina and non-genetic factors on productive, reproductive traits and haematological parameters in local Omani goat bucks (The University of Sydney)
  • Innovative semen preservation medium for cattle (The University of Newcastle)
  • Role of GLP-1 in sheep reproduction
  • Calf48Hr- Determining causes of perinatal calf loss (Central Queensland University)
  • Coumestans in lucerne and their concentrations in blood of beef cattle grazing lucerne

In addition, I have an interest in equine and canine reproduction and some of the works include:

  • Development of a rapid diagnostic test for bacterial causes of equine endometritis
  • Characterisation and comparison of different altrenogest formulations in the mare
  • Role of kisspeptin in inducing cyclicity and ovulation in bitches

Teaching activities
I currently teach animal reproduction to Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Veterinary Technology, and Master of Animal Science students. I also teach clinical theriogenology to Veterinary Science and Doctor of Veterinary Studies students.

Professional Links

I am a member of the following:
●American College of Theriogenologists (ACT)
●Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS)

A typical day for me includes …

Waking up at 4:30 am and starting the day with a cuppa! Then I utilise my most productive time to deal with work that needs more focus.

My main project at the moment is …

Writing up manuscripts from completed projects. Planning execution of new research projects.

My favourite part of my job is …

Interacting with students, providing theriogenology clinical services to clients at the Veterinary Clinical Centre, research collaboration with other Charles Sturt researchers and colleagues from other universities.

When I am not in the office I like …

Spending time with my family, gardening, travelling, and playing with our lovely Golden Retriever ‘Lassie’

When I am driving I like to listen to …

Bollywood music and ABC news


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