Anna Le Souef  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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Dr Anna Le Souef
BSc (Hons) BVMS PhD

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About me

Anna received First Class Honours in Veterinary Science in 2002 for a thesis on the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis and graduated as a veterinarian in 2004. In 2007 she was appointed as the John Howell Resident in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the Perth Zoo Veterinary Department, gaining clinical experience with a variety of wild and captive species. Following the residency, Anna was involved in teaching undergraduate students and post-graduate veterinarians in Wildlife Medicine at Murdoch University and taught wildlife handling skills for Polytechnic West to staff on Barrow Island. In 2012, she worked as locum Senior Veterinarian at the New Zealand Centre of Conservation Medicine, Auckland Zoo. In 2013 Anna was awarded her PhD, which focused on developing and improving clinical tools for rehabilitating endangered black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) back to the wild.

Anna is currently employed as a clinical veterinarian at Perth Zoo, and as a Senior Research Officer in the Conservation Medicine Program at Murdoch University studying health and demographics in wild black cockatoo populations in south-west Western Australia.

Teaching area

  • VET453 – Avian, Exotic Pet and Wildlife Medicine

Events and speaking engagements

A study of endangered black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) admitted to the PZVD (Poster).  12th Conference of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.  Durban, South Africa. 10-14 August 2009.

From pest to plight:Western Australia’s black cockatoos.  West Virginia University Wildlife Society meeting. Morgantown,West Virginia,USA.  2 September 2009.

Veterinary rehabilitation of black cockatoos at the PZVD.  Carnaby’s Black cockatoo Symposium.  Department of Environment and Conservation,Kensington,Western Australia.   1 December 2008.

Epidemiological study of black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) admitted to the PZVD.  WDA Annual conference of the Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section).Kioloa,New South Wales.  20-26 September 2008. 

The development of conservation and prognostic indicators for the rehabilitation of black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.).  WDA Annual conference of the Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section). Dryandra Woodland,Western Australia. 22-28 September 2007.

Professional and community service

  • Committee Member, Urban Bushland Council (2016)
  • Board Member, Black Cockatoo Preservation Society of Australia (2013)

Doctoral and masters supervisions


2013 – current: Aurelie Labbe (Murdoch University). Does experience influence foraging efficiency and productivity in the Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus). (Principal supervisor Dr Jill Shephard, Murdoch; co-supervisors Dr Anna Le Souef and Dr James Dunlop – WACC).

2014 – current: Lian Yeap (Murdoch University). Demographics, reproductive biology and feather moult biology of three black cockatoo species (Calyptorhynchus spp.) endemic to Western Australia. (Principal supervisor Dr Kristin Warren; co-supervisors Dr Anna Le Souef, Dr Carly Holyoake and Dr Simone Vitali).


Journal articles

Le Souëf A, Vitali S, Dawson R, Vaughan-Higgins R, Warren K. 2020. Hindlimb paralysis syndrome in Carnaby’s Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris): a new threat for an endangered species. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 56(3):000-000.

Labbe A, Le Souëf A, Dunlop J, Calver M, Shephard J, van Keulen M. 2018. Pentosidine levels cannot be used to age a long-lived seabird. Emu – Austral Ornithology. DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2018.1552081

Le Souëf A, Barry M, Brunton D, Jakob-Hoff R, Jackson B. 2015. Ovariectomy as treatment for ovarian bacterial granulomas in a Duvaucel’s gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii). New Zealand Veterinary Journal 63(6):340-344.

Yeap L, Shephard J, Le Souëf A, Holyoake C, Groom C, Dawson R, Kirkby T, Warren, K. 2015. Satellite tracking of rehabilitated wild Baudin’s cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus baudinii: a feasibility trial to track forest black cockatoos. Pacific Conservation Biology 21(2):163-167.

Le Souëf A, Holyoake C, Vitali S, Warren K. 2015. Presentation and prognostic indicators for free-living black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) admitted to an Australian zoo veterinary hospital over 10 years. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(2):380-388.

Groom C, Warren K, Dawson R , Le Souëf A. 2015. Attachment and performance of Argos satellite tracking devices fitted to black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.). Wildlife Research 41(7):571-583.

Saunders D, Dawson R, Doley A, Lauri J, Le Souëf A, Mawson P, Warren K, White N. 2014. Nature conservation on agricultural land: a case study of the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris breeding at Koobabbie in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia. Nature Conservation 9:19-43.

Le Souëf A, Holyoake C, Vitali S, Warren K. 2013. Haematologic and serum biochemical reference values for three species of Western Australian black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 27(1):14-22.

Le Souëf A, Stojanovic D, Burbidge A, Dawson R, Heinsohn R, Vitali S, Warren K. 2013. Retention of transmitter attachments on black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.). Pacific Conservation Biology 19(1):55-57.


Book chapters

Le Souëf A, Vitali S, Dawson D, Shephard J, Warren K. 2019. Fly Away Home: a collaborative program to return rehabilitated black cockatoos to the wild in Western Australia. In: Kaufman A, Bashaw M, Maple T (Eds), Scientific Foundations of Zoos and Aquariums: their role in conservation and research, Cambridge University Press, pp 327-338.

Warren K, Le Souëf A, Cooey C, Klandorf H. 2016. Aging birds and the science behind pentosidine analysis. In: Speer B (Ed), Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, Elsevier, pp 527-530.



Le Souëf, A. 2013. Development and improvement of clinical tools for rehabilitating endangered black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) back to the wild. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

Le Souëf, A. 2002. The characterisation of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in the intermediate host. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.