Partners and Partnering

The partnering involves several organisations in New Zealand, among them the NZ Racing Board, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Bomac Laboratories, as well as collaboration with Lincoln University, Auckland University, AgResearch, and major overseas universities including Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Colorado State University (USA). Massey University is itself investing heavily in the Partnership, in the form of improved facilities for learning and research, and appointment of new staff. As appropriate, the partnering could involve other appropriately skilled research or education providers, and Industry bodies as shown on the schema.

The major equine health and production problems which limit the breeding, rearing and performance of horses in this country will be targeted. Veterinarians and managers of equine enterprises will be able to propose areas for research and teaching and have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects.

It is Massey University which is responsible to the Tertiary Education Commission, in respect of governance and funding issues, and ensuring that the aims of the Partnership are met. The guardianship of the government capital and the allocation of funding to appropriate research and learning projects lie with the Equine Trust, which performs these duties at no cost.

The Partnership role at Massey University was directed by Professor Elwyn Firth and he served from 2005 to 2010 and is now directed by Professor Hugh Blair. Researchers and postgraduate students in the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences, and other institutes and colleges across Massey University can thus work on projects initiated by the equine industry. Another major strength of the Partnership is the expertise and facilities available through the formal collaborative arrangements with other PfX partners, including those of other universities. In summary, there is a collective expertise and capacity available to work on any project required. The awarding of all research grants both funded by the Partnership for Excellence corpus administered by the New Zealand Equine Trust as well as funds from the New Zealand Racing Board are based on recommendations from scientific review by members of the New Zealand Equine Trust Board and ad Hoc reviewers as needed.

Equine Partnership for Excellence

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