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Associate Professor Richard Laven

Associate Professor in Production Animal Health

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences


Contact details

  • Ph: 06 350 5328
  • Location: 1.08, Massey Equine and Farm Services
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Lameness, mastitis, fertility, dairy cattle health and welfare; mineral nutrition


Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100): Animal Breeding (070201): Animal Growth and Development (070202): Animal Management (070203): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200): Animal Reproduction (070206): Humane Animal Treatment (070207): Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)


Farm animal production, health and welfare, particularly dairy cattle and goats

Specific research interests:

Lameness, mastitis, fertility, trace element nutrition, clinical pathology and diagnosis

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 15
Team Member 0 2

Consultancy and Languages


  • French
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Average
  • English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 2
CoSupervisor 1 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Aaron Yang - PhD
    Veterinary Studies of Bovine Digital Dermatitis in Pasture-based Dairy System
  • Emma Cuttance - PhD
    Failure of Passive Transfer and mortality in New Zealand calves
  • Omar Cristobal Carballo - PhD
    The Effect of Early Life Nutrition on Rumen Microbial Community Development and Relationship with Lifetime Performance in Ruminants

CoSupervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Santosh Kumar Sahu - PhD
    Improving the Response to Synchronisation Programmes of Dairy Cattle
  • 2013 - Folusho Doris Adeyinka - PhD
    The Development of the Bovine Placentome and Associated Structures During Gestation

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Linda Jean Laven - PhD
    Anatomical studies of claw conformation in New Zealand dairy cattle
  • 2012 - Louise Anne Lethbridge - PhD
    Lameness of dairy cattle: Factors affecting the mechanical properties, haemorrhage levels, growth and wear rates of bovine claw horn

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