Mr Kit Parke

Lecturer Int.Livestock Med&Prod.

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 955


Kit graduated with a BVSc from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 1981 and then spent 2 years working in rural practice in southern Queensland. After working for 6 years with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in Atherton, far north Queensland, Kit completed an MSc on Porcine Parvovirus at James Cook University, Townsville. He was then transferred to Toowoomba with the DPI and had state-wide responsibility for pig health. In 1998, Kit established his own veterinary business based in Toowoomba providing a service to the pig industry and smaller beef cattle feedlots. He sold the business in 2010. Since 2008, Kit has been employed as a Lecturer, Intensive Livestock Practice at the School of Veterinary Science, UQ. His teaching role includes pig husbandry, handling, reproduction, production and welfare, medicine and herd health.

Kit is a member of the Australian Pig Veterinarians and is a founding member of the Queensland Pig Consultancy Group. He has carried out veterinary work with pigs in Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

He is currently researching; 1) porcine respiratory disease in the Philippines and Australia and 2) recording of traits for selection of pigs with improved disease resilience in Australia.

Research Interests

  • Recording of traits for selection of pigs with improved disease resilience
  • Concordance of farm workers and veterinary diagnoses and treatments of lameness lesions in a dairy herd
  • Improved investigation, diagnosis and technical support for the control of respiratory diseases of pigs in the Philippines and Australia

Research Impacts

Prestigious Award:

Australian Government AusAID Award; Collaboration for agriculture and rural development (CARD) program Central Vietnam, Project – Sustainable smallholder pig production. I attended the award presentation at Nha Trang, Central Vietnam on the 20th November 2010 on behalf of the SVS, UQ.


  • Master of Science, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Alawneh, John I., Barnes, Tamsin S., Parke, Christopher R., Lapuz, Eduardo L., David, Eduardo G., Basinang, Voltaire G., Baluyut, Augusto S., Villar, Edwin C. and Blackall, Patrick J. (2013). Risk factors associated with gross pulmonary lesions in slaughtered pigs in two provinces in the Philippines. In: Lam Thi Thu Huong, Ho Thi Kim Hoa, Vo Thi Tra An, Tran Thi Dan and Le Thanh Hien, Proceedings of the 6th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress. 6th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress (APVS), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, (OR19-OR19). 23-25 September 2013.

  • Parke, C. R., Barnes, T. S., Alawneh, A. I., David, J. E., Francisco, E., Ignacio, C., Prinsipe, P. L., Lapuz, E., Basinang, V. G., Baluyut, A. S., Dazo, K., Villar, E. C. and Blackall, P. J. (2012). Improved field investigation and surveillance of porcine respiratory disease in the Philippines. In: 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Jeju Island, South Korea, (). 10-13 June 2012.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision