Dawbuts was established in 2009 to provide various services to the livestock industry. Dawbuts is dedicated to supporting its customers and their animals.

Dawbuts is focused on providing parasitology diagnostic services; contract research for pharmaceutical companies both in Australia and overseas; training in animal health, production and biosecurity to pharmaceutical and rural store merchandise employees and producers; and on-farm advisory and consultancy to producers.

A highly skilled and experienced livestock veterinary parasitologist, Matt Playford, leads the Dawbuts team. The Dawbuts team can assist you, with navigating through the maze of parasite management and drench resistance in livestock, to minimise stock losses and maximise production.  

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The Dawbuts Team

Matt Playford


Matt is the owner of Dawbuts. After graduating in veterinary science from the University of Sydney in 1986, he did an internship in pastoral medicine then worked in rural practice in NSW and Victoria. From 1989 to 1994 Matt undertook research at Hokkaido University, completing a doctorate in parasite immunology.

He taught livestock medicine and managed the large animal teaching practice at the University of Queensland from 1995-1999, then worked in R&D within a corporate pharmaceutical and as a veterinary consultant before founding Dawbuts PTY LTD in October 2009.

Sandy Playford


Kim Dawson

Phil Stein

Phil Stein

Phil started his animal health career at CSIRO McMaster Farm at Badgerys Creek in 1982 as a technical assistant overseeing the running of the Ivermectin field trials. This was released commercially in 1988 as the first of the ML family of drenches. During this time skills such as FECs, larval differentiation and total worm counts were fine-tuned and remain valuable assets today. During his 18 years with CSIRO he went on to work on many other research projects including Drenchrite commercialisation and the Nematophagus Fungi project and developed skills managing many different parasite models and running the McMaster Parasitology Laboratory.

In 2000 his time with CSIRO came to an end and life at Yarrandoo Research Centre commenced. First working for MST as Lab Manager running many different screening assays and writing several SOPs for ISO 9000 accreditation. The opportunity came up in 2004 to take a position in the Parasitology team with Novartis AH. Timing was impeccable as they were just starting work on a new chemical class which would become the first new AH drug active since 1988; monepantel. The parasitology skills developed over years proved invaluable to the project. Over a period of several years Phil oversaw the isolation of one of the most comprehensive sheep and cattle nematode libraries in existence (resistant and susceptible). These isolates were used for cattle, goat and sheep studies during the development of Zolvix and Zolvix Plus.

During his time at Yarrandoo he progressed to manager of the Parasitology Laboratory and reached the level of Principal scientist. Phil has extensive experience with internal and external parasites of farm and companion animals along with expertise in running laboratory, pen and field based studies. Phil has been author and co-author of several papers and has made oral and written presentations at various conferences including WAAVP (Calgary 2009) and International Sheep Veterinary Conference (Rotorua 2013).

Hilary Connors

Hilary completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney in 2016. Hilary enjoys working in the lab at Dawbuts as well as the management of FECPAKG2  including setting up new clients, training and technical support. Hilary has a keen interest in animal health and disease and working with farmers to minimise disease and improve production. Hilary completed her honours project on host-pathogen interactions of Johne’s disease, looking at the immune response at different stages of disease using q-PCR and fluorescent microscopy. Outside of work Hilary spends her time sailing on Jones 39 yacht, Arch Rival.

Nicole Selwood


Nicole completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney. With a strong interest in livestock parasitology, Nicole pursued her honours project in northern Laos where she studied the prevalence of Ascarids in cattle and buffalo calves, and their susceptibility to medicated and un-medicated urea molasses blocks. During her time in Laos Nicole gained a wealth of experience and skills. She spent most of her time out in the field collecting samples and data as well as working in the Department of Livestock and Fisheries Laos laboratory to analyse samples. Nicole is also an equine enthusiast, spending much of her spare time out and about with her horses.