Prof. Julia BEATTY

BSc(hons) BVetMed PhD FANZCVS (feline med) GradCertEd (Higher Ed) FRCVS GAICD

Chair Professor (VCS)
Director (CAHW)

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Prof. Julia Beatty


Professor Julia Beatty is Chair Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Infectious Diseases at City University's Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences. Julia is a graduate of University College London (BSc hons, Intercalated) and the Royal Veterinary College (BVetMed, 1989), University of London. She has worked as a veterinarian for the RSPCA before moving to the University of Glasgow where she completed a PhD (1994) and post-doctoral studies in feline virology. Julia is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Feline Medicine, and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons-recognised clinical Specialist in Feline Medicine.

In 2004, Julia moved to the Faculty of Veterinary Science (now the Sydney School of Veterinary Science) at the University of Sydney, Australia, as Senior Lecturer, then Associate Professor, and Professor of Feline Medicine. Julia is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served in senior leadership roles at the university including Hospital Director, Head of Small Animal Medicine and Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences. She serves on the Board of the International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Julia has served on the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales, Australia, and is a past-President of the Feline Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney.


Professor Beatty's research on novel cancer-causing viruses addresses fundamental questions in viral oncogenesis relevant to the health of companion animals, while providing insights into human diseases. She initiated the international collaborations that discovered the feline hepatitis-B virus and gammaherpesvirus and is working to uncover the clinical significance of these and other novel viruses in cats and dogs.

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  • Van Brussel, K.; Carrai, M.; Lin, C.; Kelman, M.; Setyo, L.; Aberdein, D.; Brailey, J.; Lawler, M.; Maher, S.; Plaganyi, I.; Lewis, E.; Hawkswell, A.; Allison, A.B.; Meers, J.; Martella, V.; Beatty, J.A.; Holmes, E.C.; Decaro, N.; Barrs, V.R.
    Distinct Lineages of Feline Parvovirus Associated with Epizootic Outbreaks in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.
    Viruses 2019, 11(12), 1155. DOI: 10.3390/v11121155

  • Pesavento, P. A.; Jackson, K.; Scase, T.; Tse, T.; Hampson, B.; Munday, J. S.; Barrs, V. R.; Beatty, J. A.
    A Novel Hepadnavirus is Associated with Chronic Hepatitis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Cats.
    Viruses 2019, 11, (10), 969. (Q1 Infectious Diseases). DOI: 10.3390/v11100969

  • Beatty, J. A., Sharp, C. R., Duprex, W. P. & Munday, J. S. 2019.
    Novel feline viruses: Emerging significance of gammaherpesvirus and morbillivirus infections.
    Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 21, 5-11. (Q1 Small Animals). DOI: 10.1177/1098612X18808102

  • Aghazadeh, M., Shi, M., Barrs, V., Mcluckie, A., Lindsay, S., Jameson, B., Hampson, B., Holmes, E. & Beatty, J. 2018.
    A novel hepadnavirus identified in an immunocompromised domestic cat in Australia.
    Viruses, 10, 269. (Q1 Infectious Diseases). DOI: 10.3390/v10050269.

  • Aghazadeh, M., Shi, M., Pesavento, P., Durham, A., Polley, T., Donahoe, S., Troyer, R., Barrs, V., Holmes, E. & Beatty, J. 2018.
    Transcriptome analysis and in situ hybridization for FcaGHV1 in feline lymphoma.
    Viruses, 10, 464. (Q1 Infectious Diseases). DOI: 10.3390/v10090464.

  • Mcluckie, A., Barrs, V., Lindsay, S., Aghazadeh, M., Sangster, C. & Beatty, J. 2018.
    Molecular diagnosis of felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 (FcaGHV1) infection in cats of known retrovirus status with and without lymphoma.
    Viruses, 10, 128. (Q1 Infectious Diseases). DOI: 10.3390/v10030128.

  • Mcluckie, A., Barrs, V., Lindsay, S., Aghazadeh, M., Sangster, C. & Beatty, J. 2018.
    Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 DNAemia in whole blood from therapeutically immunosuppressed or retrovirus-infected cats.
    Veterinary Sciences, 4, 16. (Q2 Veterinary). DOI: 10.3390/vetsci4010016.

  • Mcluckie, A., Tasker, S., Dhand, N. K., Spencer, S. & Beatty, J. A. 2016a.
    High prevalence of felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 infection in haemoplasma-infected cats supports co-transmission.
    The Veterinary Journal, 214, 117-121. (Q1 Veterinary). DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.06.001.

  • Mcluckie, A. J., Barrs, V. R., Smith, A. L. & Beatty, J. A. 2016b.
    Detection of felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 (fcaghv1) in peripheral blood B- and T-lymphocytes in asymptomatic, naturally-infected domestic cats.
    Virology, 497, 211-216. (Q2 Virology). DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2016.07.018.

  • Beatty, J. 2014.
    Viral causes of feline lymphoma: Retroviruses and beyond.
    The Veterinary Journal, 201, 174-180. (Q1 Veterinary). DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.05.026.

  • Beatty, J. A., Troyer, R. M., Carver, S., Barrs, V. R., Espinasse, F., Conradi, O., Stutzman-Rodriguez, K., Chan, C. C., Tasker, S., Lappin, M. R. & Vandewoude, S. 2014.
    Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1; a widely endemic potential pathogen of domestic cats.
    Virology, 460, 100-107. Q2 Virology) . DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2014.05.007.