Allan Gunn - Contributor Profile


Allan was born of farming parents in what is now known as Zimbabwe. He obtained an agriculture degree in what is now the University of Kwazulu-Natal. After some time travelling and working in agriculture including farming cotton and wheat, he completed a veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh. He continued to work in the UK before returning to Zimbabwe to set up a practice in Mvurwi in rural northern Zimbabwe. The agricultural instability of the country encouraged a move to Australia via the UK and Beijing. 

Allan obtained the MANZCVS in horse medicine and animal reproduction in 2002 and 2006 respectively, before becoming a diplomate ACT via the alternate route in 2008. In 2013 he was registered as a specialist in theriogenology with the RCVS in the UK, and in 2014 with the AVBC in Australasia. In 2012 his academic career began at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. 

Allan is research active and has published on a variety of topics mainly in the field of reproduction. He has presented at national and international conferences including the ANZCVS, and the Society for Theriogenology in the USA. He is supervising a DipACT and DVStud student at CSU and involved in mentoring other ACT candidates from around the world. He is clinically active and teaches students in the theriogenology and production animal departments as well as coordinating extra mural placements in clinical and preclinical student rotations. He has a passion for theriogenology and for passing this information on to the next generation of veterinary professionals.

Published Papers

  • Ho T,  Jahan M,  Haque Z,  Kracht S,  Wynn PC,  Du Y,  Gunn A, Wang B. (2020) Maternal chitosan oligosaccharide intervention optimizes the production performance and health status of gilts and their offspring. Animal Nutrition
  • Gunn, A. J., Crawshaw, T., & Brookes, V. (2020). Insufficient evidence intraperitoneal fluid is equivalent or superior to intravenous fluid therapy in dehydrated calves. Veterinary Evidence, 5(1)
  • Platt, M. K., Walker, A. J. & Gunn, A. (2020). In the mare, does manual removal of fetal membranes negatively affect fertility? Equine Veterinary Education, doi:10.1111/eve.13046 
  • Hay, M. J., Gunn, A. J., Abuelo, A. & Brookes, V. J. (2019). The Effect of Abnormal Reproductive Tract Discharge on the Calving to Conception Interval of Dairy Cows. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6, doi:10.3389/fvets.2019.00374 
  • Gunn, A. J. (2019).Theriogenology Question of the Month. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 254, 925-928, doi:10.2460/javma.254.8.925 
  • Scott, C. J., Rose, J. L., Gunn, A. J. & McGrath, B. M. (2018). Kisspeptin and the regulation of the reproductive axis in domestic animals. Journal of Endocrinology 240, R1-R16, doi:10.1530/JOE-18-0485  
  • 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, doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2018.05.014
  • Gunn, A. J. & Abuelo, A. (2017). Atypical 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, 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., & 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.

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