Dr David Thomas

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Senior Lecturer

Institute of Vet, Animal & Biomedical Sciences

Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85249
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Other contact details

Room AH 2.51, AgHort, Manawatu
Ph: 85249

Professional

Professional Biography

David is an established academic with experience in the fields of animal science, gut and skin physiology and companion animal nutrition. David obtained his first degree from Dundee University (BSc (Hons) in Zoology), and was awarded his PhD from the Institute of Zoology, University College London (Mammalian Seasonal Physiology). He has held post-doctoral, lecturer and senior lecturer positions at Massey University, and has spent time working for HortResearch (Ruakura Research Centre, Hamilton). Research interests include all aspects of companion animal nutrition: functionality of food supplements and ingredients, age and seasonal effects on energy requirements, health implications of high carbohydrate consumption, effects inorganic vs organic sources of mineral supplementation and optimal dietary fatty acid ratios.


Roles and Responsibilities

Director, Centre for Feline Nutrition

Major Leader, Animal Science

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University College London (1997)
  • Batchelor of Science with Honours - Dundee University (1990)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Bioactive Food and Feed Ingredients

Animal Nutrition and Physiology

Pet Foods

Equine Nutrition

Companion Animal Nutrition

Thematics

Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200):
Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Terrestrial Ecology (060208)

Keywords

Monogastric Physiology

Companion animal nutrition, role of nutrition in skin and coat health, functionality of food supplements and ingredients, age and seasonal effects on energy requirements, health implications of high carbohydrate consumption, effects inorganic vs organic sources of mineral supplementation, optimal dietary fatty acid ratios, gut physiology, physiological stress

Research Outputs

Journal

Gregory, NG., Robins, JK., Thomas, DG., & Purchas, RW. (1998). Relationship between body condition score and body composition in dairy cows. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. 41(4), 527-532
[Journal article]Authored by: Purchas, R., Thomas, D.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Paper Co-ordinator:

Third Year Batchelor of Science

"Animal Nutrition"

117.342 (2013 - present)

Lecturing:

Second Year Batchelor of Veterinary Science

"Animal Industries"

227.209 (2011 - present)

"Soils, Plants and Animal Nutrition for Veterinarians" 227.208 (2011 - present)

Third Year Batchelor of Science

"Animal Production (Working Dog Nutrition)"

117.371 (2011 - present)

"Animal Nutrition"

117.342 (2009 - present)

"Companion Animal Science"

117.361 (2007 - present)

Papers Coordinated

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

CoSupervisor of:

  • Margreet Hekman - PhD
    The physiological effects of dietary moisture on cats and dogs

Completed Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2010 - Shay Hill- PhD
    Changing the metabolism of dogs (Canis familiaris) and cats (Felis catus) at rest and during exercise by manipulation of dietary macronutrients
  • 2009 - Katherine Bell- PhD
    The role of dietary isoflavones in the reproductive system of domestic and non-domestic felid species.
  • 2007 - Sarah Todd- PhD
    Metabolism of Selenium in Cats and Dogs

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2008 - Ahmed Amerah- PhD
    Feed particle size, whole wheat inclusion and Xylanase supplementation in broiler diets: Influence on the performance, digesta characteristics and digestive tract development.

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