Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85242

Dr Stuart Hunter BVSc, Diplomate ACVP

Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Health

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

As a Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Pathology at Massey University, caseload consists purely of wildlife species, predominantly endangered native avian species, with a smaller number of amphibians and reptiles (the Grand Skink and Otago Skink for example), the majority of which are submitted through the Department of Conservation and affiliates, as well as the Wildbase here at Massey University. I also regularly receive animals or formalin-fixed tissues from Wellington and Auckland Zoos, as well as some of the smaller zoological parks around the country.  I am also contracted with Maritime New Zealand to perform complete necropsies on marine mammals (beached and by-catch), most of which are New Zealand Fur Seals, New Zealand Sea Lions, and Hector’s dolphins.

I spent four years at North Carolina State University, two of those as an Assistant Professor in Anatomical Pathology. This involved necropsy and histopathology of a variety of domestic and wildlife species.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 ext 85242
    Location: 6.02, IVABS, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Batchelor Of Veterinary Science - Massey University (1998)
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology - American College of Veterinary Pathology (2006)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Wildlife and Orthopaediac Pathology

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Veterinary Pathology (070709): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Research Outputs

Journal

Sijbranda, DC., Hunter, S., Howe, L., Lenting, B., Argilla, L., & Gartrell, BD. (2017). Cases of mortality in little penguins (Eudyptula minor) in New Zealand associated with avian malaria. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 65(6), 332-337
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Mirza, V., Burrows, EB., Gils, S., Hunter, S., Gartrell, BD., & Howe, L. (2017). A retrospective survey into the presence of Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii in archived tissue samples from New Zealand raptors: New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae). Parasitology Research. 116(8), 2283-2289
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Schoener, ER., Hunter, S., & Howe, L. (2017). Development of a rapid HRM qPCR for the diagnosis of the four most prevalent Plasmodium lineages in New Zealand. Parasitology Research. 116(7), 1831-1841
[Journal article]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Gartrell, B., Agnew, D., Alley, M., Carpenter, T., Ha, HJ., Howe, L., . . . Young, M. (2017). Investigation of a mortality cluster in wild adult yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes) at Otago Peninsula, New Zealand. Avian Pathology. 46(3), 278-288
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Alley, MR., Suepaul, RB., McKinlay, B., Young, MJ., Wang, J., Morgan, KJ., . . . Gartrell, BD. (2017). Diphtheritic stomatitis in yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes) in New Zealand. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 53(1), 102-110
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Hunter, S., Morgan, K.
Roe, WD., Michael, S., Fyfe, J., Burrows, E., Hunter, SA., & Howe, L. (2017). First report of systemic toxoplasmosis in a New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri). New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 65(1), 46-50
[Journal article]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Michael, SA., Chilvers, BL., Hunter, SA., Duignan, P., & Roe, W. (2016). Pathology and Epidemiology of Stillbirth in New Zealand Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri) From Enderby Island, Auckland Islands, 1998–2012. Veterinary Pathology. 53(6), 1241-1247
[Journal article]Authored by: Chilvers, B., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Gartrell, BD., Argilla, L., Finlayson, S., Gedye, K., Gonzalez Argandona, AK., Graham, I., . . . Ward, JM. (2015). Ventral dermatitis in rowi (Apteryx rowi) due to cutaneous larval migrans. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. 4(1), 1-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Gedye, K., Howe, L., Hunter, S., Morgan, K., Scott, I.
Prada, D., Veale, A., Duckworth, J., Murphy, E., Treadgold, S., Howitt, R., . . . Gleeson, D. (2014). Unwelcome visitors: Employing forensic methodologies to inform the stoat (Mustela erminea) incursion response plan on Kapiti Island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 41(1), 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Wightman, P., Cohen, EB., Hunter, S., & Gartrell, B. (2015). Imaging diagnosis-use of radiography and computed tomography in the diagnosis of a mineralized yolk sac in a brown kiwi (apteryx mantelli). Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 56(4), E40-E43
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Hunter, S.
Morgan, KJ., Castro, I., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Pomroy, WE., Alley, MR., Gartrell, BD., . . . Howe, L. (2014). Prevalence of and risk factors for coccidiosis in kiwi between 1977 and 2011. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 62(6), 315-320
[Journal article]Authored by: Castro, I., Gartrell, B., Howe, L., Hunter, S., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Morgan, K., Pomroy, W.
Howe, L., Hunter, S., Burrows, E., & Roe, WD. (2013). Four cases of fatal toxoplasmosis in three species of endemic New Zealand birds. Avian Diseases. 58(1), 171-175 Retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1637/10625-080413-Case.1
[Journal article]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Michael, S., Gartrell, B., & Hunter, S. (2013). Humeral remodeling and soft tissue injury of the wings caused by backpack harnesses for radio transmitters in New Zealand Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri). Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 49(3), 552-559
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Hunter, S.
Gartrell, BD., Collen, R., Dowding, JE., Gummer, H., Hunter, S., King, EJ., . . . Ward, JM. (2013). Captive husbandry and veterinary care of northern New Zealand dotterels (Charadrius obscurus aquilonius) during the CV Rena oil-spill response. Wildlife Research. 40(7), 624-632
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Hunter, S., Morgan, K.
Roe, WD., Howe, L., Baker, EJ., Burrows, L., & Hunter, SA. (2013). An atypical genotype of Toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). Veterinary Parasitology. 192(1-3), 67-74
[Journal article]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Banda, ME., Howe, L., Gartrell, BD., McInnes, K., Hunter, S., & French, NP. (2013). A cluster of avian malaria cases in a kiwi management programme. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 61(3), 121-126
[Journal article]Authored by: French, N., Gartrell, B., Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Alley, M., Hunter, S., & Howe, L. (2012). Mortalities in two great spotted kiwi, Apteryx haastii, caused by Plasmodium spp.. Kokako. 19(1), 11-11 Retrieved from http://www.sciquest.org.nz/elibrary/publication/123
[Journal article]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Roe, WD., Gartrell, BD., & Hunter, SA. (2012). Freezing and thawing of pinniped carcasses results in artefacts that resemble traumatic lesions. Veterinary Journal. 194(3), 326-331
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, WD., Gartrell, BD., & Hunter, SA. (2012). Freezing and thawing of pinniped carcasses results in artefacts that resemble traumatic lesions. Veterinary Journal.
[Journal article]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Gebbie, RC., Hardcastle, MR., Hunter, SA., & Hartman, AC. (2012). Transcoelomic spread and metastasis of a squamous cell carcinoma of presumed pancreatic duct origin in a cat. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 60(2), 154-159
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Ruby, RE., Balcomb, CC., Hunter, SA., & Lawrence, KE. (2012). Bovine colostrum-induced anaemia in a 2-week-old lamb. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 60(1), 82-83 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Ruby, RE., Balcomb, CC., Hunter, SA., & Lawrence, KE. (2012). Bovine colostrum-induced anaemia in a 2-week-old lamb. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 60(1), 82-83
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S., Lawrence, K.
Howe, L., Castro, IC., Schoener, ER., Hunter, S., Barraclough, RK., & Alley, MR. (2012). Malaria parasites (Plasmodium spp.) infecting introduced, native and endemic New Zealand birds. Parasitology Research. 110(2), 913-923
[Journal article]Authored by: Castro, I., Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Schramme, M., Hunter, S., Campbell, N., Blikslager, A., & Smith, R. (2010). A surgical tendonitis model in horses: Technique, clinical, ultrasonographic and histological characterisation. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 23(4), 231-239
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Freire, M., Brown, J., Robertson, ID., Pease, AP., Hash, J., Hunter, S., . . . Lascelles, BDX. (2010). Meniscal Mineralization in Domestic Cats. Veterinary Surgery. 39(5), 545-552
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Schramme, M., Kerekes, Z., Hunter, S., & Labens, R. (2010). Mr imaging features of surgically induced core lesions in the equine superficial digital flexor tendon. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 51(3), 280-287
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Palgrave, CJ., Hunter, SA., Clarke, DM., & Hess, PR. (2010). Pathology in practice. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 237(8), 911-913
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Gray, SG., Hunter, SA., Stone, MR., & Gookin, JL. (2010). Assessment of reproductive tract disease in cats at risk for Tritrichomonas foetus infection. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 71(1), 76-81
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Mazzei, MJ., Bissett, SA., Murphy, KM., Hunter, S., & Neel, JA. (2009). Eosinophilic esophagitis in a dog. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 235(1), 61-65
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Merlo, JL., Sheats, MK., Elce, Y., Hunter, S., & Breuhaus, BA. (2009). Outbreak of lawsonia intracellularis on a standardbred breeding farm in North Carolina. Equine Veterinary Education. 21(4), 179-182
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Schramme, M., Kerekes, Z., Hunter, S., Nagy, K., & Pease, A. (2009). Improved identification of the palmar fibrocartilage of the navicular bone with saline magnetic resonance bursography. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 50(6), 606-614
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Kelly, P., Rolain, JM., Maggi, R., Sontakke, S., Keene, B., Hunter, S., . . . Raoult, D. (2006). Bartonella quintana endocarditis in dogs. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 12(12), 1869-1872
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S.
Weston, JF., Hunter, SA., & Smith, A. (2005). A long-standing case of bovine actinomycosis. Dairy Vets Newsletter. 22(3), 17-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Hunter, S., Weston, J.

Conference

Howe, L., Hunter, S., Burrows, E., & Roe, W.Four cases of fatal toxoplasmosis in three species of endemic New Zealand birds.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, WD., Howe, L., Buckle, K., Hunter, S., Burrows, E., & Rasiah, I. (2013). Toxoplasmosis and other infectious diseases in Hector's and Maui dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). , International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, WD., Hunter, S., Howe, L., Burrows, E., & Rasiah, I. (2012, December). The importance of infectious disease in the Hector's dolphin population.. Presented at IVABS Research Colloquium
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, W., Howe, L., Baker, EJ., Burrows, L., & Hunter, S. (2012, October). An atypical genotype of Toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). Presented at New Zealand Society for Parasitology Annual Meeting No. 40 [NZSP40]. Blenheim, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Burrows, E., Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, W., Howe, L., Baker, EJ., Burrows, L., & Hunter, S. (2012, October). An atypical genotype of toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). Presented at Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, W., Howe, L., Baker, EJ., Burrows, L., & Hunter, S. (2012). An atypical genotype of toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). In Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting: Programme(pp. 16 - 17). , Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting New Zealand: Allan Wilson Centre, Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Burrows, E., Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, W., Howe, L., Baker, EJ., Burrows, L., & Hunter, S. (2012). An atypical genotype of toxoplasma gondii as a cause of mortality in Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). In New Zealand Society for Parasitology Annual Meeting No. 40: Conference: Proceedings and Abstracts(pp. 16 - 17). , New Zealand Society for Parasitology Annual Meeting No. 40 [NZSP40] New Zealand: New Zealand Society for Parasitology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Burrows, E., Howe, L., Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Banda, ME., Howe, LJ., Gartrell, B., McInnes, K., Hunter, S., & French, NP.(2011, October 27). Implications of an avian malaria outbreak on the kiwi management program, operation nest egg. (pp. 22 - 22). , New Zealand Society for Parasitology Annual Meeting No.39
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: French, N., Gartrell, B., Howe, L., Hunter, S.
Hunter, SA., Munday, JS., & Roe, WD. (2005). Probable chordoma in a mallard duck (Anas platyrhnchos). Poster session presented at the meeting of The American College of Veterinary Pathologists 56th Annual Meeting and The American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology 40th Annaul Meeting. Boston, MA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Hunter, S., Munday, J., Roe, W.

Other

Roe, WD., & Hunter, SA. (2010). Scientists seek cause of Moko's death. (pp. 5 - 5). Media Monitors
[Other]Authored by: Hunter, S., Roe, W.
Roe, WD., & Hunter, SA. (2010). Pathologists investigate Moko's death. (pp. 1 - 1). Manawatu Standard
[Other]Authored by: Hunter, S., Roe, W.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Lecturing in avian (including wildlife and poultry) pathology and wildlife forensics

Wildlife Resident Pathology training

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