Prof Craig Johnson BVSc, PhD, DVA, DipECVA

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Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology

Institute of Vet, Animal & Biomedical Sciences

Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85271

Other contact details

Room 6.13, Vet Tower, Turitea
Ph: 7285


Professional Biography

Craig Johnson qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1989. After a spell in small animal practice, he moved to The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK as Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia. He obtained his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1992 and after a time as a locum lecturer in Pretoria, South Africa returned to the UK and gained a PhD from Cambridge University. From 1996 – 2001 Craig was a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Bristol University, UK. In April 2001 he moved to Massey and is now Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology.


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Liverpool University (1989)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Cambridge University (1997)
  • Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (1992)
  • Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia - European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia (1995)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Comparative analgesia

Development of centrl pain pathways

Mechanisms of anaesthesia


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Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Central Nervous System (110903):
Comparative Physiology (060604):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Neurosciences (110900):
Physiology (060600):
Veterinary Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (070701): Veterinary Sciences (070700)


Animal welfare

Comparative analgesia



Supervision and Teaching


Neurophysiology in BVSc and BSc programs. Postgraduate student supervision.

Papers Coordinated

  • 194.344 Nerves and the Nervous System
  • 194.703 Neurophysiology and Neuroendocrinology

Current Postgraduate Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Nikki Kells - PhD
    Assessment and mitigation of pain associated with routine tail docking in neonatal pigs

Completed Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Pania Flint- PhD
    Velvet antler removal from red deer
  • 2009 - Troy Gibson- PhD
    Electroencephalographic responses of calves to the noxious sensory input of slaughter by ventral neck incision and its modulation with non-penetrative captive bolt stunning

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2012 - Amanda McIlhone- PhD
    Some characteristics of brain electrical activity in the domestic chicken
  • 2012 - Preet Singh- PhD
    Pharmacology of Analgesic Drugs in Birds
  • 2010 - Tamara Diesch- PhD
    Neurological development and the potential for conscious perception after birth: Comparison between species and implications for animal welfare
  • 2008 - Kavitha Kongara- PhD
    Studies on renal safety and preventive analgesic efficacy of tramadol and parecoxib in Dogs
  • 2006 - Mr Ignacio Lizarraga-Madrigal- PhD
    Spinal analgesic interaction between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and N-methyl D-aspartate receptor systems.

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