Dr Rachel Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney. After graduation, she entered mixed veterinary practice in regional New South Wales (Australia) before focusing on large animal medicine. After completion of an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney she attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine.

A residency in equine medicine at the University of Sydney was completed, during which time Dr Tan was employed as an equine registrar. As an equine registrar, her duties included management of the equine ambulatory, reproduction services, in-hospital cases and undergraduate veterinary student teaching. Following this residency, Dr Tan relocated to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA) to complete a combined Masters and Residency Program in Large Animal Internal Medicine. She was nominated as chief resident for equine services during the last year of this program and attained veterinary speciality status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Large Animal Internal Medicine. Veterinary teaching was also a dominant focus of her time spent in the USA.

Dr Rachel Tan is one of the founding faculty members of the undergraduate veterinary program at JCU and her research interests incorporate large and small animal species, in particular, horses, camelids and dogs.

  • Information and Technology Applications for Veterinary Practice
  • Respiratory
  • Neurological Disease
  • Endocrine Disease
  • Infectious Disease
  • Tropical Diseases and Biosecurity
  • Information and Technology Applications for Teaching
  • Interactive Learning Platforms
  • Case-based learning and alternative learning methodologies
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  • 2013 - Inaugural Innovation Award, Equine Veterinary Association of Australia. Awarded for development of the Android App “Equine Fluid Therapy”
  • 2008 - Outstanding Master’s Student Award, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
  • 1997 - • Sydney University Student Leadership Program: Veterinarians in Animal Agriculture
  • 2008 - • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal Medicine)
  • 2002 - • Membership by Examination in Equine Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Rachel Tan from 2003 onwards.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds - Research Grant

Endocrine Testing of Horses in Tropical North Queensland

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$15,000 over 2 years (administered by Murdoch University)
Aims: To demonstrate endocrine levels in horses to establish normal values and whether seasonal patterns exist in the southern hemisphere. Purpose: Establishment of baseline endocrine information for horses in Australia. Context: Endocrine diseases are an expanding area of focus, particularly for the geriatric equine. Currently, no baseline data exists regarding seasonality of endocrine values and establishment of normal ranges in tropical North Queensland. This will be essential for the accurate identification, management and treatment of affected horses.
Rachel Tan in collaboration with Sandy Hunter and Jamie Wearn (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Equine; Pituitary Dysfunction; ACTH; Endocrine factors; Horse; MSH

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Laterality as an indicator of immune function and temperament in the horse (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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