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Animal and human health

Solving the global health challenges of the 21st Century

Massey University advances knowledge in human nutrition, animal health and welfare, biosecurity, conservation and sustainable productivity.

We work with governments, universities, national and international organisations and companies to solve the global health challenges of the 21st Century.

Accreditations

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Quacquarelli Symonds Veterinary Science

Massey University's veterinary school is ranked first in the world by employers, and we rank 15th for veterinary science in the latest university subject rankings from Quacquarelli Symonds.

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Areas of expertise

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Dairy

Deer

Aquatic animal health

Animal production systems

Veterinary sciences

Animal welfare

Epidemiology

Sheep

Beef

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Programmes

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Bachelor of AgriCommerce

Massey's Bachelor of AgriCommerce gives you essential skills for a business-focused career in the primary production sector.

You'll learn how to apply and integrate scientific, technological and business knowledge to meet current and emerging opportunities in the primary industries.

Doctor of Philosophy

Advance your understanding of the world of agrifood and and gain skills to solve problems and effect change. A doctor of philosophy is a challenging and rewarding programme of study that will pave a way to a career centred on research and innovation.

Bachelor of AgriScience

Massey's world-class Bachelor of AgriScience programme focuses on the overlapping areas of agriculture, management and technology.

Gain an understanding of agricultural systems within the wider context of the economy and society, and focus on key areas like soils, plants and animals, economics, and agricultural systems management.

Bachelor of Science

Massey has the largest number of specialised majors across the biological sciences in New Zealand to feed your passion for animals, biology and life sciences.

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Join a world-leading veterinary programme that will qualify you to work as a veterinarian in many different areas.

Massey's Palmerston North campus has some of the best veterinary facilities in Australasia. We have the only wildlife hospital at a NZ university, where we treat many endangered species. A new 24-hour pet emergency centre and equine hospital opened in 2014 and building will soon be underway on a new wildlife hospital and study block.

Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Become a paramedic of the animal world. Vet technologists are to vets, what paramedics are to doctors.

Massey's Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is a broad veterinary-science-based degree which will expose you to various fields in the veterinary and related animal health professions.

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Master of Agriculture

Massey’s Master of Agriculture is ideal for primary industry professionals who are seeking to upskill.

Master of Agriculture

Master of Veterinary Medicine

Delivered by distance, Massey's Master of Veterinary Medicine brings the world's veterinary expertise to your door.

The classroom comes to you through interactive technology and study guides.

Led by internationally-renowned lecturers, our courses have a reputation for their depth and use of real-life case studies.

Master of Veterinary Medicine

Master of Veterinary Science

Massey's Master of Veterinary Science is designed for people with a specific career focus in the complete wide range of veterinary specialities.

Master of Veterinary Science

Master of Veterinary Studies

Develop skills in a specific area of veterinary science in a supportive and enthusiastic environment led by internationally recognised experts.

Master of Veterinary Studies

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Acquire the analytical and management skills to help you improve productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems, in New Zealand, and around the world.

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Master of Science

Gain the knowledge and skills for a more in-depth understanding of an area of scientific study.

Massey University’s Master of Science is a 180 credit master qualification (a 240 credit MSc is also available). The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in one and a half years.

Master of Science

Master of Applied Statistics

As a Massey's Master of Applied Statistics student you will benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment, and world-leading science faculty with expertise in all the fundamental sciences.

Master of Applied Statistics

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Study Massey's Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and start becoming an engineer from day one.

You'll work on practical projects that can help both our communities and industry, giving you a feel for what engineering involves, and the skills that distinguish you from the rest.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science is an interdisciplinary degree programme that provides a pathway to a Masters programme, pending ability.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Customised courses

Access Massey University's expertise and build vital capability in your organisation through customised professional development courses and cohort partnerships for the delivery of academic programmes.

Customised courses

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People

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Rene Corner-Thomas

Dr Rene Corner-Thomas is a lecturer in sheep production at Massey University.

She works on projects ranging from large flock studies of hogget breeding, to feeding hogget ewes on alternative herbages during lambing to an investigation of ewe longevity.

Professor

Ray Geor

Professor

Stephen Morris

Professor

David Mellor

Professor

Danny Donaghy

Professor

Ravi Ravindran

Associate Professor

Richard Laven

Professor

Paul Kenyon

Professor

Kevin Stafford

Professor

Craig Johnson

Professor

Tim Carpenter

Dr

Peter Jolly

Liz Norman

Professor

Hugh Blair

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Projects

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Improving sheep productivity

Selecting rams with the right genes to improve productivity and profitability

Indonesians learn about dairy farming

Learning about cow health and pasture growth

Insight into dairy forecasting

Providing better insights into New Zealand milk production and farmgate milk prices

Increasing reliability of manuka honey

Increasing the yield and reliability of medical grade manuka honey

Increasing reliability of manuka honey

Southern Lights Biomaterials

High purity Type 1 collagen and fixed pericardium for use in many medical applications

Southern Lights Biomaterials

Productive longevity and wastage in commercial ewe flocks

Helping farmers improve ewe longevity

Productive longevity and wastage in commercial ewe flocks

Herb mixes for sheep production

Determining the effect of various herbages on lamb growth

Herb mixes for sheep production

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Massey Facilities

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Te Puna Whakatipu

Te Puna Whakatipu is a small team within Massey that leads and develops strategic initiatives in the agrifood business space.

It focuses on identifying the big issues where Massey expertise can add value, helps source funding and assembles the best people to deliver on projects that transform the agrifood economy in New Zealand and internationally.

Agricultural Experiment Station

Massey's Agricultural Experiment Station is an international centre of excellence for on-farm teaching and research.

The University sustainably farms 2,000 hectares with 12,000 sheep, 1,000 beef cattle, 1,100 dairy cows and 170 deer, and has a mixed enterprise/grazing/cropping unit.

Find out more about our facilities, capabilities and services by visiting the Massey Agricultural Experiment Station on massey.ac.nz.

International Sheep Research Centre

The International Sheep Centre comprises a network of research providers and industry groups in New Zealand and internationally undertaking quality research consistent with the needs of the Sheep Industry, advancing scientific knowledge of sheep production, welfare, health and biology.

Based at Massey University in the North Island of New Zealand, the International Sheep Centre has access to over 1000 hectares of university land near the campus, providing unsurpassed opportunities to conduct cost-effective research into pastoral sheep production and health.

Massey University veterinary animal services

Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility offering New Zealand’s most comprehensive veterinary expertise. Final-year veterinary undergraduates work alongside senior clinical staff with postgraduate specialist training and extensive experience to provide the best possible animal care to the community.

We provide veterinary services to the public via our companion animal hospital, equine hospital, farm services clinic, wildlife hospital, and vet referrals.

Equine parentage and animal genetics services centre

Massey University's equine parentage and animal genetics services centre provides DNA-based genetic testing services to enhance the health, welfare and productivity of domestic animals and wildlife.

Tests are available for a range of species, including horses, cattle, sheep, dogs and birds, and our services are available to the equine and beef industries, breed societies and individual animal owners.

We are recognised by the International Society of Animal Genetics.

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