Tarni is a veterinarian holding a BSc (zoology) from the University of Melbourne and a BVSc (Hons, valedictorian) from The University of Queensland. Tarni has worked as a veterinary surgeon in Melbourne, and in One Health research for development (R4D) programs in East Africa, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.

Tarni volunteers as an Associate Director of the Kyeema Foundation, and on the Steering Committee of Pets in the Park Brisbane.

Research Interests:

  • Smallholder livestock systems and One Health/ Ecohealth
  • Communication for Development
  • The process of agricultural R4D, including research ethics
  • Food security
  • Social epidemiology

Research topic: A systems approach to livelihood-sensitive veterinary antimicrobial-stewardship in Vietnam

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) where microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses) are no longer controlled effectively by antimicrobials (such as antibiotics) poses a global threat to animals and humans. The nature of AMR, where resistant bacteria and resistance factors can spread between humans, livestock and along trade lines, necessitates a global and transdisciplinary effort.

Tarni’s research utilises participatory and epidemiological approaches to explore the complexity of antimicrobial use in Vietnam’s smallholder livestock sector. Using a systems approach, she is working with communities to identify ways they can improve antimicrobial use.

Thesis Supervisors:  Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes (UQ School of Veterinary Science, Spatial Epidemiology Lab), Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert (CfCSC), and Dr Delia Grace (International Livestock Research Institute)


    Smith, Dominic, Cooper, Tarni, Pereira, Abrao and Jong, Joanita Bendita da Costa (2019). Counting the cost: The potential impact of African Swine Fever on smallholders in Timor-Leste. One Health, 8100109, doi:10.1016/j.onehlt.2019.100109

    E van de Fliert, T Cooper, S Sam, et al (2017) Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Building Evidence, Informing Policy. Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations

    Hardy, Margaret C., Desselle, Mathilde R., the 2016 Catch a Rising Star Consortium, Allen, Jennifer, Andrews, Katherine T., Barrington, Dani J., Borg, Danielle, Butler, Kaylene, Colvin, Rebecca, Cooper, Tarni Louisa, Furlong, Emily, Hugo, Honor, Johnston, Elecia, Iacona, Gwenllian, Kenkel, Carly, Kuempel, Caitlin, Khosla, Amie, Langbecker, Danette, Liddle, Jacki, Lucia, Diana, Lussini, Vanessa, Nazareth, Lynn, Peel, Alison, Saunders, Megan, Smith, Meaghan and Velasquez, Johana Tello (2017). Engaging rural Australian communities in national science week helps increase visibility for women researchers. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (10) 170548, doi:10.1098/rsos.170548

    Cooper, Tarni Louisa, Kirino, Yumi, Alonso, Silvia, Lindahl, Johanna and Grace, Delia (2016). Towards better-informed consent: research with livestock-keepers and informal traders in East Africa. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 128135-141. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2016.04.008