Institute for Future


02 August 2016

Dr Melody de Laat is a clinical and research veterinarian with over 20 years’ experience in both clinical veterinary practice and veterinary research. Her research interests encompass disorders of metabolism and nutrition, incretin biology, endocrine dysfunction, equine lameness, veterinary pharmacology and Australian wild horse health and ecology.

Field or expertise: Animal physiology and pharmacology

Position: Research Fellow

What are you working on at the moment?

My research projects span in vivo and in vitro studies of comparative metabolism in animals, the testing of novel therapeutic strategies for nutritional and metabolic diseases in grazing animals and linking pasture type to metabolic and gastrointestinal dysfunction.

What excites or inspires you about your field?

I'd like to further our understanding of complex disease processes and find solutions for the treatment of these diseases.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope is to improve animal health and welfare.

Why is your work important?

I am working towards improving the current understanding of certain animal diseases, with an emphasis on improving the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of veterinary clinicians.

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Researcher Melody de Laat, who is part of the IFE's Growing the Global Bioeconomy research leadership group


Institute for Future Environments

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