DR Thurid Johnstone

DR Thurid Johnstone


  • Bacterial urinary tract infection in dogs and cats (antimicrobial resistance, virulence factors, molecular biology)
  • Bacteriophage therapy (urinary tract infections, molecular biology)
  • Feline hyperthyroidism (hyperthyroidism, radioactive iodine, hypothyroidism, cats)



  • Thurid graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2001. Shortly after graduation, Thurid moved to New Zealand, where she completed a PhD, which focused on pathogenic traits of uropathogenic Echerichia coli, and the possibility of treating canine or feline bacterial urinary tract infections with bacteriophages (viruses that kill bacteria). During her stay in New Zealand, Thurid also completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland. Upon its completion, Thurid returned to Europe to take up a residency position to gain specialist education in small animal internal medicine at the University College Dublin, Ireland. In 2010, she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animals. Since then, Thurid has worked as a researcher at the University College Dublin and as specialist in internal medicine in a large private hospital in Sweden. She joined the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in January 2013 as lecturer, clinician and researcher.   


Member of

  • European Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology. Member 2016 -
  • Journal of Small Animal Practice. Associate editor, Small Animal Internal Medicine 2015 -
  • Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria. Registered Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine 2013 -
  • European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Diplomate in Small Animal Internal Medicine 2010 -
  • European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology. Member 2010 -


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Education and training

  • DECVIMCA, European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion animals 2010
  • PhD, Massey University 2007
  • T, Universitaet Leipzig 2001

Awards and honors

  • ESVNU award for oral presentation at ECVIM-CA congress, ESVNU, 2017



Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Research projects that are offered are in applied veterinary science.  In most cases, applicants must be able to register as a veterinarian in Victoria.  Interest and knowledge in microbiology, molecular microbiology and/or veterinary endocrinology are desirable.