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The McGarvie Smith Institute focuses on making grants to fund research in the production livestock industries. The Institute works closely with NSW Trade & Investment and the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney.

Brief History

The McGarvie Smith Institute was established in 1918 as a result of a gift to the State of NSW by John McGarvie Smith, who had developed a vaccine for Anthrax. The Institute was incorporated by the McGarvie Smith Incorporation Act 1928. The Institute focuses on making grants to fund research in the production livestock industries. The Institute has a limited capital base and seeks appropriate niche research projects. The Institute works closely with NSW Trade & Investment and the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney.

Objectives

The prime objective of the Institute is that expressed in Clause 5(b) of the McGarvie Smith Incorporation Act 1928:

To promote and advance either alone or in conjunction with any person or body corporate, or with the Department of Agriculture of NSW, veterinary science and the sciences of pathology, microbiology, parasitology, or any allied science so far as they relate to veterinary science, and to engage in the promotion of scientific research and the equipment of laboratories in NSW or elsewhere in such manner and at such cost as the trustees may from time to time determine.

In accordance with Clause 5(c) of the McGarvie Smith Incorporation Act 1928: The Institute may take or accept any gift, subsidy or endowment, whether subject to any special trust or not, for all or any of the objects of the body corporate and to carry out any special trust to which such gift subsidy, or endowment may be subject according to the terms thereof .

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Funding application form
(25 kB MSWord)

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2012 Annual Report
(4.3MB PDF)

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McGarvie Smith Institute Rules
(5MB PDF)

Previously funded projects

  • McGarvie Smith Roy Watts Memorial Scholarship for the Veterinary Public Health Management Program at Sydney University
  • Optimising a Mycoplasma Hyponeumoniae challenge system for vaccine evaluation
  • Study of the differential protein expression in benign and virulent strains of Dichelobacter nodosus and development of a diagnostic test based on protein markers for virulence
  • Molecular analysis of plasmids from Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium and Escherichia coli  that harbour complex antibiotic resistance gene regions
  • Funding the attendance at the 10th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis that was held in Minneapolis, USA
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of incineration to decontaminate carcases on properties where anthrax has occurred
  • Development of diagnostic tests for bovine theileriosis
  • Evaluation of the role of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the diagnosis of anthrax
  • Epidemiology and zoonotic potential of cryptosporidium infection in calves