Companion Animal and Wildlife Research

The companion animal and wildlife research teams are based at Massey University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Wildbase Facility.  They undertake and lead research across New Zealand and internationally with relevant groups. 

We focus on the health, wellbeing and conservation of New Zealand’s native birds, reptiles and marine mammals.  As well as having a research focus, the teams provide a national focal point for training future scientists, veterinarians, nutritionists and conservationists through teaching from the undergraduate to postgraduate levels.

The facilities at Massey University allow for research into companion animal health, nutrition, reproduction, behaviour and welfare, and advances in surgery.

Current research areas

Feline and canine nutrition

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Feline and canine nutrition

A core area of research is nutritional evaluation, development and optimisation of pet foods with the aim of improving the health and well-being of companion animals.

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Working dogs

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Working Dog Centre

The Working Dog Centre, unique in New Zealand, seeks to improve the health and working life of New Zealand working and service dogs by undertaking cutting-edge scientific investigations.

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Equine

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Equine

The Massey Equine Research Centre undertakes scientific research into health and production problems that limit horse breeding, rearing and performance.

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Wildlife

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Wildlife

New Zealand's only dedicated wildlife hospital is Wildbase, attached to Massey University’s veterinary school. We focus on four areas of wildlife health: hospital, oil response, research and pathology.

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Research and projects

Examples of projects from companion animal and wildlife researchers at Massey University.

Rehabilitation long term success

Research from members of Massey University’s Wildbase Oil Response Team has shown oiled birds that are rehabilitated are able to return to normal behaviours after an oil spill – findings which, the researchers say, justifies the costs of oiled wildlife response worldwide.

Health of agriculture's hardest worker

A world-first study into the health of farm dogs will provide an insight into their contribution to New Zealand agriculture. 

Key contacts

  • Prof Brett Gartrell

    Prof Brett Gartrell

    Professor in Wildlife Health - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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  • Dr Kerri Morgan

    Dr Kerri Morgan

    Senior Lecturer in Oiled Wildlife Response (Co-Director of Wildbase) - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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  • Associate Professor Chris Rogers

    Associate Professor Chris Rogers

    Associate Professor - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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  • Associate Professor David Thomas

    Associate Professor David Thomas

    Associate Professor - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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  • Associate Professor Andrew Worth

    Associate Professor Andrew Worth

    Associate Professor - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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