Laura graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Queensland in 2013 with Honours, having undertaken her research in immunotherapeutic methods for the treatment of canine mastocytomas. She went on to complete a rotating small animal internship at Perth Veterinary Specialists. From April 2015 to August 2016 Laura worked as an associate veterinary surgeon in Kent, before completing a residency in veterinary anatomic pathology at the University of Sydney. Here she gained experience in the gross and histopathological evaluation of horses, sheep, alpacas, pigs, cattle, native Australian wildlife, birds, foxes, ferrets, snakes, fish, frogs, dogs and cats. In addition, she gained post-graduate degrees in veterinary anatomic pathology, with immunohistochemical characterisation of canine urothelial carcinomas being the basis of her Masters thesis. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Pathology.
Laura has presented at several international conferences, published in three referred journals and has contributed to several publications. She has a passion for scientific communication and connecting with her peers. She is interested in clinicopathologic correlates of disease, developing higher-order thinking in veterinary students and bridging diagnostic pathology services with vets-in-practice and the wider scientific community. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing, reading and rock climbing.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist
- Module Coordinator for BVMSci VMS2007, Foundations of Disease 7: Pathology of the Endocrine and Neurological Systems and Organs of Special Sense, & VMS2003, Foundations of Disease 3: Pathology of the Integument and Alimentary Systems
- Intramural Rotation Special Interest Elective in Veterinary Pathology, Internal Academic Supervisor
- Member of the School of Veterinary Medicine Employability Working Group
- Member of the School of Veterinary Medicine Race Harassment Reporting Task & Finish Group
- Wednesday Slide Conference Coordinator
- Member of the School of Veterinary Medicine Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity Committee
Affiliations and memberships
Laura’s research interests are primarily in veterinary pathology, especially digital pathology and oncology.
Laura is module leader for VMS2007, Pathology of the Endocrine and Neurological Systems and Organs of Special Sense, and VMS2003, Pathology of the Integument and Alimentary Systems, which takes place during the second year of the BVMSci degree. She also contributes to Veterinary Medicine and Science Structure and Function modules (Level 4), Problem-Based Learning activities (Levels 4 and 5), Veterinary Research modules (Level 6), and VMS5001, Intramural Rotations (Level 7). From 2019-2020, she was also module leader for VMS2006, Pathology of the Urological and Reproductive Systems. She is involved in summative & formative assessment, including OSCEs, and undergraduate admission interviews.
For postgraduate students, she contributes to the Masters of Veterinary Medicine (MMVM) course.
Courses I teach on
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., Meers, J., Martella, V., Beatty, J., Holmes, E., Decaro, N. and Barrs, V. (2019). Distinct Lineages of Feline Parvovirus Associated with Epizootic Outbreaks in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. Viruses, 11(12), p.1155.
Boland L, Setyo L, Sangster C, Brunel L, Foo T, Bennett P. Colonic malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour in a cat. JFMS Open Rep. 2019;5(1):2055116919849979.
Phalen DN, Agius J, Vaz FF, Eden JS, Setyo LC, Donahoe S. A survey of a mixed species aviary provides new insights into the pathogenicity, diversity, evolution, host range, and distribution of psittacine and passerine adenoviruses. Avian Pathol. 2019;48(5):437-443.
Schmertmann LJ, Wardman A, Setyo L, et al. Identification of the environmental source of infection for a domestic ferret with cryptococcosis. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2019;31(6):828-835.
Setyo, L., Donahoe, SL., and Spielman, D. (2018). Metastatic Mammary Adenocarcinoma in a Brushtail Possum. Mystery slide presented at: ASVP Conference; 2018 Sep 14-16; Sydney, New South Wales.
Setyo, L., Donahoe, SL., and Slapeta, J. (2018). Fulminant Tritrichomonas foetus 'feline genotype' infection in a 3-month old kitten associated with viral co-infection. Abstract presented at: ASVP Conference; 2018 Sep 14-16; Sydney, New South Wales.
Setyo, L., Sabater. M., Young, A., and Rickman, B. (2017) Metastatic angioleiomyosarcoma induced by a foreign body in a kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). Poster presented at: ACVP/ASVCP Meeting; 2017 Nov 4-8; Vancouver, British Columbia.
Setyo, L., Ma, M., Bunn, T., Wyatt, K. and Wang, P. Furosemide for prevention of cyclophosphamide-associated sterile haemorrhagic cystitis in dogs receiving metronomic low-dose oral cyclophosphamide. Abstract presented at: ANZCVS Science Week; 2016 Jul 2-9; Gold Coast, Queensland.