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Prof Cord Heuer PhD, MSc, DVM, BVSc


Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences


PhD (Epidemiology), Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2000
MSC (Epidemiology), Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, 1991
Dr.Vet.Med. (Water Buffalo Reproduction), School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, 1980
BVSc, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, 1977


Epidemiologist with a focus on teaching and research in epidemiology and veterinary public health (16 years), ruminant herd health and production management (6 years); international development (12 years). Team leader of 3 senior scienctists, 2 technicians, to date (2014) supervised 9 and co-supervising 11 PhD students, 30 master students. Special interest in field investigations and mathematical modelling of the transmission, spread economics and control of infectious diseases in human and animal populations.
Director of the Master of Veterinary Studies in Epidemiology programme at Massey University.
Manager of the Emerging Disease Response service contract for Ministry of Primary Industries, Govt. of New Zealand (2001 to date).
Long term development cooperation in Pakistan (1979-86) and Somalia (1988-90).
Short term assignments: project planning, review and appraisals (mission leader), project M&E, professional profiling, training in epidemiology and health economics, production monitoring, cross-sectional studies, primary veterinary services  for GTZ, World Bank, AFC, OIE and World Vision for development programs in Africa, Middle East and Asia (Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Syria, Pakistan, Thailand, Mongolia, Camdodja, ASEAN).

Professor of Veternioary Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

Teaching and research in veterinary epidemiology and public health such as leptospirosis in humans and animals, transmission and economics of control of paratuberculosis in several species. Director of the Master of Veterinary Studies programme at Massey University. Long and short term consultant for international development (1979-2003, mission leader) in countries of Africa, Middle East and Asia.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 350 5948
    Location: 1.14, Wool Building, Epicentre
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology) - Utrecht University (The Netherlands) (2000)
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology) - Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph (Canada) (1991)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover (Germany) (1980)
  • Batchelor of Veterinary Science - School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover (Germany) (1977)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Livestock production diseases, herd health economics, infectious disease transmission and economics, zoonoses and veterinary public health, mathematical modelling of infectious disease, clinical trials; disease control (BVD, Johne's disease, Leptospirosis); latent class analysis; evaluation of diagnostic tests, dairy herd health, mastitis, and other large animal diseases in livestock and farming populations.

Research Opportunities

  • PhD in Ovine Johne's disease (OJD)  (01/09/2014) Economics of OJD and of various prevention options using field surveys, post-mortem examination, pathogen culture, PCR and DNA typing, modelling of disease dynamics, and benefit-cost analysis.
  • PhD Ecology of leptospirosis  (01/01/2015) Surveys among wildlife and multispecies dynamic disease modelling will be used to evaluate the contribution of wildlife and domestic livestock to human exposure, infection and disease.


Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Production (070200): Animal Reproduction (070206):
Epidemiology (111706): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700):
Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics (070703): Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Sciences (070700)


Epidemiology; veterinary public health, clinical trials; mathematical modelling of infectious disease, disease control (BVD, Johne's disease, leptospirosis); latent class analysis; long and short term consultant for international development (1979-2003, mission leader) in countries of Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 12 27

Current Projects

Project Title: Associations between genotypes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and the severity of disease in cattle, sheep and red deer, both from New Zealand and Germany

Date Range: 2017 - 2018

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Gautam, M., Ridler, A., Wilson, P., & Heuer, C. (2017). Control of clinical paratuberculosis in New Zealand pastoral livestock. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. , 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Heuer, C.


Howe, LJ., Patel, K., Asher, G., Heuer, C., & Wilson, P. (2017). Investigation of association between toxoplasma gondii and early pregnancy and abortion rates in New Zealand farmed red deer. (pp. 16 - 16). , New Zeland society for parasitology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Heuer, C., Howe, L.

Consultancy and Languages


  • 13-17 Aug 2013 - WB - Nepal
    Teaching a course on veterinary epidemiology and data analysis, Pokhara/Nepal
  • 16-21 Jan 2013 - FAO - Nepal
    Teaching a regional course on import risk analysis, Kathmandu/Nepal
  • 8-29 Aug 2010 - FAO - Bangladesh
    teaching a workshop on applied veterinary epidemiology for staff of the Department of Livestock Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 3-25 March 2003 - AFC Consultants Bonn/Germany
    Mission leader and author of a Project Appraisal for 'Livestock Services in the Punjab/Pakistan'
  • 4-8 Nov 2001 - OIE - Cambodia
    Teaching an ASEAN OIE Regional Workshop on Animal Health Information Systems with Emphasis on Animal Health Economics, Phnom Pen 6-7 Nov, 2001


  • English
    Last used: 2014
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • German
    Last used: 2014
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Dutch
    Last used: 2010
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 4 7
CoSupervisor 6 8


Epidemiology and advanced analysis of epidemiological data

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Milan Gautam - PhD
    Epidemiology, economics and control of Johne s disease in New Zealand
  • Yuni Yupiana - PhD
    A Cross-sectional study of Leptospirosis in dairy cattle
  • Christopher Compton - PhD
    Productive lifetime and causes of dairy cow wastage

CoSupervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Kandarp Khodidas Patel - PhD
    Epidemiological investigation into abortion in farmed red deer in New Zealand
  • 2016 - Emilie Vanessa Charlene Vallee - PhD
    Epidemiology and production effects of Leptospirosis in New Zealand sheep
  • 2014 - Fang Fang - PhD
    Leptospirosis diagnostics and exposure at the human and animal interface in New Zealand
  • 2012 - Jaimie Catherine Hunnam - PhD
    The epidemiology of Johne's disease in NZ farmed deer, including validation of abattoir-based surveillance
  • 2011 - Lesley Anne Stringer - PhD
    Epidemiological studies to inform control strategies for paratuberculosis in farmed deer
  • 2010 - Supatsak Subharat - PhD
    Epidemiology, diagnosis and vaccination control of leptospirosis in farmed deer in New Zealand
  • 2009 - Petra Mullner - PhD
    Estimating the contribution of different sources to the burden of human campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis

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