Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Allan Gunn

 Allan Gunn

BSc.Agric (Natal), BVM&S (Edin), MANZCVS (horse med; repro), DACT, MRCVS

Allan was born and raised in Zimbabwe where he completed secondary education. After a year of national service he completed a four year Agricultural degree in South Africa. He then spent a year on a travelling 'working holiday' before returning to Zimbabwe and working in the Agricultural sector, including a year of farming cotton and wheat.

He then left for the UK to study veterinary medicine at the R(D)SVS in Edinburgh. After graduating he practiced mainly as a farm animal and horse clinician, before returning to Zimbabwe to set up his own rural practice. With the demise of the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe, he undertook various locum tenens positions in the UK, Australia, and Beijing, before settling in the Hunter Valley of NSW. During this time he obtained Membership of the ANZCVS in horse medicine, and reproduction, before becoming a Diplomate ACT via the alternate route.

Lectureship at CSU beckoned where he is now in the production animal department.

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  • Early career researcher. Main interest is in reproduction especially neuro-endocrinology.


  • Theriogenology and Dairy production animal subjects.
  • Reproduction in the production, predominantly dairy, animal department.

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  • Theriogenology and teaching

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Read more on CSU Research Outputs (CRO).

Klein, E. K., Gunn, A. J., Stephen, C. P., Swegen, A., Aitken, R. J., Gibb, Z. (2019). L-Carnitine is a pro-survival factor for ambient temperature storage of bull spermatozoa. In: 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology, Sydney, Australia, 18th-21st August, 2019, (Abstract 702).

Platt, M. K., Walker, A. J., & Gunn, A. (2019). In the mare, does manual removal of fetal membranes negatively affect fertility? Equine Veterinary Education. doi:10.1111/eve.13046

Scott, C.J., Rose, J.L., Gunn, A.J., & McGrath, B.M. (2019) Kisspeptin and the regulation of the reproductive axis in domestic animals. Journal of Endocrinology, 240 [In Press]

Thompson, R. L., Gunn A. J.,Stephen, C. P.,  Ip, H., & Brookes, V. J. (2018). Assessment of uterine luminal pH in mares and the effect of dilute vinegar lavage on uterine luminal pH and endometrial health. Theriogenology, 117, 7-15.

Gunn, A.J., &Abuelo, A. (2017) A typical hypocalcemia in 2 dairy cows, after having been fed discarded vegetable cooking oil. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 58, 1306-1308.

Gunn, A.J. (2017). Vaginal stricture as an unusual case of dystocia in a dairy cow. Clinical Theriogenology, 9(1). 89-90.

Gunn, A. J., & Lofstedt, R. (2016). Chlamydiaceae: an update on nomenclature. Veterinary Record, 179, 193-194. doi:10.1136/vr.i4193

Wilson, C. S., Brookes, V. J., Hughes, K. J., Trope, G. D., Ip, H., & Gunn, A. J. (2016). Oesophageal lumen pH in yearling horses and effects of management and administration of omeprazole. Equine Veterinary Journal, 49(3), 389-394. doi:10.1111/evj.12608

Gunn, A. J. (2016). Book Review: Animal andrology theories and applications. Australian Veterinary Journal, 94(5), 165. doi:10.1111/avj.12431

Gunn, A. J., & Reader, J. (2015). Spontaneous lactogenesis and galactopoeisis in a virgin dairy heifer with evidence of a granulosa theca cell tumour. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 63(6), 345-346. doi:10.1080/00480169.2015.1047912

Gunn, A. J., Brookes, V. J., Hodder, A. D. J., Rodger, J., & Chopin, J. B. (2013). Balanoposthitis and paraphimosis in the stallion. A novel support for an inflamed penis and prepuce. Clinical Theriogenology, 5(1 ), 45-55.

Gunn, A. J., Chopin, J. B. & Norman, S. T. (2012. Examination of the mare for reproductive purposes. Equine Veterinarian Australia, 31(4), 37-42. (Commissioned peer reviewed article.)

Gunn, A., & Brookes, V., (2011). Neutrophil prevalence in dismount semen samples of thoroughbred stallions. Clinical Theriogenology, 3(4), 477-481.


Rose, J.L., Gunn, A. J., & Scott, C. J. (2018) Kisspeptin (Kp) and RFamide-related peptide 3 (RFRP-3) neurons in the hypothalamus of dairy cattle; inputs to gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons and expression of oestrogen receptor alpha (ERα). Paper presented at the Proceeding  49th Annual Scientific Meeting, Society for Reproductive Biology, Adelaide, South Australia. Abstract #336

Gunn, A. J. (2018). A case of juvenile uterine leiomyoma in a yearling Thoroughbred filly successfullyremoved by manual trans-cervical debridement. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenolgists, Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Gunn, A. J., Jones, E., & Brookes, V. J. (2018). Pregnancy loss following twin ablation on a Thoroughbred breeding farm in Beijing. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenologists, Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Wilson CS, Hughes K, Brookes VJ, Trope G, Ip H, Gunn A. 2015. Oesophageal lumen pH in yearling horses and the effect of management and administration of omeprazole. Proceedings ANZCVS Science Week.

Perumamthadathil CS, Gunn AJ, Norman ST. 2014. Non-surgical options for canine population control – What’s available and what’s on the horizon?  Proceedings of the 10th anniversary AMRRIC conference.

Gunn AJ, Reader J. 2014. A case of maintained lactation in an unmated Friesian-Holstein heifer, in association with a putative ovarian granulosa thecal cell tumour. Proceedings of the 28th World Buiatrics Conference, Cairns, Australia. P80

Blackney L, Bhanugopan M, Gunn A, Heller J. 2014. The incidence risk and risk factors associated with late embryonic/early foetal mortality in dairy cows in the Riverina region of NSW, Australia: A retrospective study. Proceedings of the 28th World Buiatrics Conference, Cairns, Australia. P33-4.

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