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Dawbuts Contact Details

Phone: 02 4655 6464
Street Address: 9 Mitchell St, Camden, NSW, 2570
Postal address: PO Box 1118, Camden, NSW, 2570


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

We are 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.  

Here is a list of Selected Publications.

The Dawbuts Team

Matt Playford – Managing Director

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.

Phil Stein – Laboratory Manager
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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. He 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).

Phil joined the Dawbuts team as a Scientific Officer in August 2017 and works in the parasitology laboratory and on various research projects.

Andrew Sheehy – Laboratory Assistant and Administration Support Officer

Andrew is the most recent member of the team. His background is in management. Prior to joining Dawbuts, Andrew was a manager at McDonalds, with a few years under his belt. He spent most of his life in Fiji, picking up quite a multicultural background. Here, he completed his NZ Year 13 with Honours. Since moving back to Australia, he developed a keen interest in all things IT. He currently enjoys facilitating in the Lab, and keeping the admin running smoothly. He is also a keen photographer.

Sandy Playford – Administration and Accounts Manager

Sandy is a veterinarian with 30 years’ experience in small animal medicine and surgery. As well as working at Macarthur Vet Group, Sandy is the bookkeeper for the Dawbuts team. Outside of the office Sandy enjoys jogging, cycling, gardening and cooking.