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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85178

Rachael Stratton BVSc, MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Lecturer in Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Rachael is a behaviour veterinarian involved in teaching animal behaviour, training and welfare and professional skills to veterinary, veterinary technology, animal science and equine science students. Rachael runs the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Behaviour Service. She performs animal behaviour consultations for primary and referral companion animal and horse cases. Her research interests include the animal behaviour, health and welfare, animal emotion, learning and temperament, human-animal bond, service dogs and animal health and welfare in emergencies and disasters. Rachael is also a founding member of the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).

Rachael is a behaviour veterinarian involved in teaching animal behaviour, training and welfare and professional skills to veterinary, veterinary technology, animal science and equine science students. Rachael runs the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Behaviour Service. She performs animal behaviour consultations for primary and referral companion animal and horse cases. Her research interests include the animal behaviour, health and welfare, animal emotion, learning and temperament, human-animal bond, service dogs and animal health and welfare in emergencies and disasters. Rachael is also a founding member of the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 xtn 85178
    Location: 8.03, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Massey University (1999)
  • Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour - Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (2014)
  • Animal Rescue Technician - Rescue 3 International (2011)
  • Urban Search and Rescue Responder - EMQUAL (2011)
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician - Tai Poutini Polytechnic (2012)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Rachael's research interests include animal behaviour, health and welfare, animal emotion, learning and temperament, human-animal bond, health and welfare of service dogs including Search and Rescue, Military, Police, Aviation Securit, Corrections, Customs, MPI, Guide, Hearing, assistance/mobility and therapy dogs and animal health and welfare in emergencies and disasters.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Animal Behaviour (060801):
Animal Breeding (070201): Animal Production (070200): Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens) (070205):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Humane Animal Treatment (070207): Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (079900): Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Sciences (070700):
Zoology (060800)

Keywords

Animal behaviour, animal welfare, emotion, positive emotions, service dogs, human-animal bond, training, clinical animal behaviour, animal welfare emergency and disaster management, veterinary emergency and disaster response, technical animal rescue

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Completed Projects

Project Title: Indicators of good welfare in horse.

To develop a list of validated indicators for the Equine Code of Welfare for use by owners and handlers to assess the affective welfare of their horses.
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Date Range: 2011 - 2014

Funding Body: Use MPI -- Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry

Project Team:

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • July 2008 to present - Massey Univeristy Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    Diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats, dogs, horses, birds and small mammals. Behavioural advice for new owners and breeders. Puppy and kitten socialisation and training.
  • Jan 2013 - May 2013 - Logan Stratton Ltd
    Preparing report on research on welfare and assessment of positive emotion in horses for Massey University and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Rachael teaches animal behaviour, training and welfare to undergraduate and post-graduate veterinary, veterinary technology, animal science and equine science students. She is also involved with teaching professional skills to veterinary and veterinary technology undergraduate students throught the HIlls Massey VetStart programme.

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