Farm Services Clinic

The Massey University Farm Services Clinic provides on-farm treatment for all farm animals as well as in-clinic consultations as required. We have a large animal hospital in Palmerston North providing ongoing care as well as advanced diagnostic imaging, intensive care and surgery for our patients.

We also offer 24-hour emergency care either in the field or at our clinic. 

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First-opinion medicine

The Farm Services Clinic is the first choice veterinarians for many farmers, providing routine health care and advice across a range of animals, including:

ANIMALS WE TREAT

  • Cattle – Dairy/Beef

  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Camelids
  • Pigs
  • Deer

Preventative herd health/investigations

We have experienced veterinarians who provide comprehensive services in the following areas:

  • Animal health plans
  • Milk quality consultations
  • Reproduction and fertility
  • Lameness/hoof trimming
  • Heifer and calf rearing
  • Nutrition/BCS Trace Elements

Specialist services

The Massey University veterinary hospital has more specialists than any other clinic in New Zealand, meaning we can provide expert services such as:

  • Farm Staff Training (eg Spring Skills for junior farm staff)
  • Post Mortems and Clinical Pathology service
  • Referral Surgery
  • Animal Welfare Assessment
  • Consultancy
Mr Alan Thatcher staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85133

Alan Thatcher

Senior Veterinarian - Pastoral Animal Health

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 85133
    Location: 1.06, Farm Services
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (079900)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Team Member 0 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Thatcher, AR., Petrovski, K., & Fraser, KR. (2010). Influence of management techniques on the levels of mastitis in an organic dairy herd. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. 70, 316-318
[Journal article]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
Shadbolt, N., Kelly, T., Horne, D., Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., . . . Thatcher, A. (2009). Comparisons between organic & conventional pastoral dairy farming systems: Cost of production and profitability. Journal of Farm Management. 13(10), 31-45 Retrieved from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/iagrm/jfm/2009/00000013/00000010/art00004
[Journal article]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Lawrence, KE., Thatcher, AR., & Laven, RA. (2008). Is that calf waving or drowning?. Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter. 26(1), 0-0
[Journal article]Authored by: Laven, R., Lawrence, K., Thatcher, A.
Harrington, KC., Thatcher, AR., & Kemp, PD. (2006). Mineral composition and nutritive value of some common pasture weeds. New Zealand Plant Protection. 59, 261-265
[Journal article]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Thatcher, A.

Report

Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, AR., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., Palmer, AS., . . . Horne, DJ. (2010). Massey University Organic-Conventional Dairy Systems trial: Report after the seventh season of full certification.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Minor, M., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, T., Shadbolt, N., Holmes, C., Thatcher, A., Kemp, P., Harrington, K., . . . Chandler, D. (2006). Massey University organic-conventional dairy systems trial: Report after the second season of full certification. Dairy Insight.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Minor, M., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A., Wolber, F.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, AR., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., . . . Butcher, NR. (2005). Massey University organic-conventional dairy systems trial: Report after the second season of full certification. Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, AR., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., . . . Butcher, NR. (2004). Massey University organic-conventional dairy systems trial: Report after the first full year of certification. Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, AR., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., . . . Horne, DJ. (2003). Massey University organic-conventional dairy systems trial: Report on the first two years of conversion. Institute of Natural Resouces, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.

Conference

Schwendel, BH., Morel, P., Wester, T., Tavendale, MH., Deadman, C., Fong, B., . . . Otter, DE. (2012, November). Differentiation of organic from conventionally produced milk. Presented at 5th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium. Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Thatcher, A., Wester, T.
Schwendel, BH., Morel, P., Wester, T., Tavendale, MH., Deadman, C., Fong, B., . . . Otter, DE. (2012). Differentiation of organic from conventionally produced milk. In J. Jacobs (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium. (pp. 159 - 161). Australia: 5th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A., Wester, T.
Lawrence, K., Thatcher, A., Govindaraju, K., & Dobson Hill, B. (2010). Are organic cows less stressed?. Poster session presented at the meeting of XXVI World Buiatrics Congress 2010. Santiago, Chile
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Govindaraju, K., Lawrence, K., Thatcher, A.
Thatcher, AR., & Petrovski, K. (2010). Mastitis in an organic and a conventionally farmed dairy herd: A comparative study. In Mastitis Research into Practice: Proceedings of the 5th IDF Masttitis Conference(pp. 668 - 668). : Vet Learn
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
Shadbolt, NM., Kelly, T., Horne, DJ., Harrington, KC., Kemp, PD., Palmer, AS., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2009). Comparisons between organic and conventional dairy systems: Cost of production and profitability. 17th International Farm management Association Congress. (pp. 96 - 117).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Shadbolt, NM., Kelly, T., Horne, DJ., Harrington, KC., Kemp, PD., Palmer, AS., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2009). Comparisons between organic and conventional dairy systems: cost of production and profitability. In 17th International Farm management Association Congress(pp. 96 - 96). : Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Thatcher, A., Petrovski, K., Holmes, C., Dowson, K., Kelly, T., & McLeod, K.(2008). A longitudinal study of mastits on an experimental farm with two herds, one managed organically, the other conventionally. . Modena, Italy
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
McLeod, KL., Holmes, CW., Morel, PC., Dowson, KR., Thatcher, AR., Shadbolt, NM., . . . Kelly, TC. (2008). Comparison of mastitis prevalence between an organic and a conventional dairy herd, 2004 to 2006. Proceedings of the 68th New Zealand Society of Animal Production Conference. (pp. 8).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Morel, P., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Brookes, IM., Horne, DJ., & Thatcher, AR. (2008). Urinary-nitrogen output by dairy cows in conventional organic grazing systems. Proceedings of the Multifunctional Grasslands in a Changing World. (pp. 35).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
Wilson, PR., Thatcher, AR., & Ebbitt, K. (2006). Sudden death due to acute liver disease in adult red deer stags: A case report. In P. Wilson (Ed.) Proceedings of a Deer Course for Veterinarians, No. 23. (pp. 53 - 56).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
Silva, KE., Quinn, AK., Morel, PC., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, AR., Shadbolt, NM., . . . Kelly, TC. (2005). A study of mastitis in two small experimental dairy herds managed either organically or conventionally, during one year. The Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. Vol. 65 (pp. 148 - 152). Hamilton, NZ: New Zealand Society of Animal Production 65th Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Morel, P., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Butcher, NR., Harrington, KC., Holmes, CW., Horne, DJ., Kemp, PD., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2005). Organic-conventional dairy systems trial in New Zealand: Four years' results. In U. Kopke, U. Niggli, D. Neuhoff, P. Cornish, W. Lockeretz, & H. Willer (Eds.) Researching sustainable systems: Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research. (pp. 268 - 271). Bonn, Germany
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Holmes, CW., Shadbolt, NM., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., Palmer, AS., . . . Mitchell, BD. (2005). Organic-conventional dairy systems trial. Poster session presented at the meeting of Fonterra Organic Fieldays. Bay of Plenty / Manawatu / Waikato / Taranaki
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Butcher, NR., Mitchell, BD., Holmes, CW., Horne, DJ., Shadbolt, NM., . . . Quinn, AK. (2005). Organics: Lessons from outside the square - results from Massey's organic-convetional systems trial. In IMB. Ed (Ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd Dairy3 Conference: Dairy3: Triple the know-how. Vol. 3 (pp. 117 - 124). Palmerston North, NZ: 3rd Dairy3 Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Butcher, NR., Horne, DJ., Palmer, AS., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2004). Practical implications of the early lessons from the Massey organic-conventional dairy systems study: Report on the two-year conversion period and the first season of organic milk production. 2nd Dairy3 Conference with Massey University Dairyfarming and Dexcel's Ruakura Dairyfarmers'. Vol. 2 (pp. 63 - 72). Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Butcher, NR., Horne, DJ., Palmer, AS., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2004). Practical implications of the early lessons from the Massey organic-conventional dairy systems study: Report on the two-year conversion period and the first season of organic milk production. In IMB. Ed (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd Dairy3 Conference. Vol. 2 (pp. 63 - 72). Palmerston North, NZ: Second Dairy3 Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Butcher, NR., Horne, DJ., Palmer, AS., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2003, April). Practical Implications of early lessons from the Massey organic-conventional dairy systems study: Report on the two year conversion period and the first season of organic milk production. Presented at 2nd Dairy3 Conference. Rotorua, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Butcher, NR., Horne, DJ., Palmer, AS., . . . Thatcher, AR. (2003). Practical Implications of early lessons from the Massey organic-conventional dairy systems study: Report on the two year conversion period and the first season of organic milk production. 2nd Dairy3 Conference. Vol. 56 (pp. 63 - 73). Rotorua, NZ: 2nd Dairy3 Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Silva, KE., Quinn, AK., Morel, P., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, A., Shadbolt, N., . . . Kelly, TC. (2005). A study of mastitis in two small experimental dairy herds managed either organically or conventionally, during one year. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. Vol. 65 (pp. 148 - 152). New Zealand: New Zealand Society of Animal Production
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Morel, P., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.

Other

Thatcher, AR. (2010). Clouds swirling around PKE. (pp. 26 - 26).
[Other]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
Thatcher, AR. (2009). So you're interested in organic approach?. (pp. 14).
[Other]Authored by: Thatcher, A.
Terry, K., Horne, D., Thatcher, A., Holmes, C., Shadbolt, N., Kemp, P., . . . Smith, T. (2007). Massey University Organic-Conventional Dairy Systems Trial.. Presented at Dexcel field day: Improve your Profit.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Horne, D., Kemp, P., Minor, M., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Holmes, CW., Shadbolt, NM., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., Palmer, AS., . . . Mitchell, BD. (2005, December). Organic-Conventional dairy system trial. : Fonterra Organic Fieldays.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Butcher, NR., Holmes, CW., Shadbolt, NM., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., . . . Miers, PJ. (2004, June). Some preliminary results from Massey's organic-conventional dairy systems trial. : Waikato Organic Discussion Group.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Holmes, CW., Shadbolt, NM., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., Palmer, AS., . . . Miers, PJ. (2004, May). Organic-conventional dairy systems trial. : Massey University, Dairy Cattle Research Unit.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Butcher, NR., Holmes, CW., Shadbolt, NM., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., . . . Miers, PJ. (2004). Some preliminary results from Massey's organic-conventional dairy systems trial. Organic Dairy Farm Field Day
[Other]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, TC., Holmes, CW., Shadbolt, NM., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., Palmer, AS., . . . Miers, PJ. (2004). Organic-conventional dairy systems trial. Organic Dairy Farm Field Day
[Other]Authored by: Harrington, K., Kemp, P., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.

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