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Dr Rao Dukkipati BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Rao was born and brought up in an agricultural family in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. After obtaining BVSc and MVSc (Genetics and Animal Breeding) degrees from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, he worked for over three years in the same university as Lecturer in Genetics and Animal Breeding. Rao came to New Zealand in 2002 to do PhD in Animal Science (Molecular Genetics) in IVABS, Massey University. After completion of PhD in early 2007, he worked as Research Officer in Johne's sub-unit vaccine project in IVABS until appointed to the current position at the beginning of 2011.


Contact details

  • Location: 3.11, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India (1992)
  • Master of Veterinary Science - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India (1995)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Understanding genetic mechanisms underlying production, reproduction and disease resistance/susceptibility traits
  • Control and prevention of livestock diseases through recombinant DNA techniques – development of vaccines and diagnostics


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

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Breeding (070201): Animal Production (070200): Veterinary Immunology (070705): Veterinary Pharmacology (070710): Veterinary Sciences (070700)


  • Genetics and animal breeding
  • Molecular biology
  • Veterinary immunology, vaccine development and evaluation

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 5
Team Member 0 1

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
CoSupervisor 2 0



  • 117.345 - Genetcs of Livestock Improvement
  • 117.347 - Reproductive and Lactational Physiology
  • 117.361 - Companion Animal Science
  • 193.103 - Animal Behaviour, Handling and Welfare 
  • 227.113 - Animal Production, Behaviour, Welfare and Handling 
  • 227.212 - Animal Production for Veterinarians 1
  • 227.216 - Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases I
  • 227.312 - Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases I
  • 227.415 - Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VI


  • 117.765 - Genetics and Breeding

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Masoud Soltanighombavani - PhD
    The role of skin thickness and subcutaneous fat in thermoregulatory capacity of newborn lambs
  • Juncong Yan - PhD
    Association of copy number variants with quantitative traits in sheep

CoSupervisor of:

Media and Links


  • 28 Aug 2017 - Newspaper
    Thick sheep better at survival
    mentioned in the NZ farmers weekly
  • 07 Aug 2017 - Newspaper
    Thick skin boosts lamb survival
    mentioned in NZ farmer newspaper

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