118.776 Lameness Investigation and Control for Cattle Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturer: Richard Laven BVetMed PhD Lond MRCVS
Kristina Müller Dr.med.vet., Dip.ECBHM, Veterinary Specialist in Cattle Management and Diseases

This course will provide in-depth study dedicated to cattle lameness, investigation control treatment and prevention strategies.

What will you learn?

On this course you will advance your knowledge and skills related to:

  • giving structured advice to clients  incorporating the welfare, productivity and disease status of the individual animal or herd
  • the evaluation of relevant, practical and scientific literature to inform decision making during the investigation of lameness within a herd
  • the use  and interpretation of the instruments available to evaluate a herd
  • construction of management plans addressing identification, recording of new lameness cases, treatment, control and prevention of lameness.

How the course works

Cattle lameness is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the cattle lameness course include: Team teaching to deliver both an informed approach to herd level lameness investigation and  clinical care of the individual lame cow, hands-on sessions at the contact course.

Your lecturers

Richard qualified from RVC London and spent a year as farm animal intern before going into mixed mainly large animal practice in rural UK. Returning to London as Resident in Farm Animal Medicine and Pathology, he completed a PhD before joining ADAS Bridgets as a senior researcher, where he undertook research into all aspects of dairy cattle lameness, particularly the treatment and control of digital dermatitis, and the aetiology and pathogenesis of claw horn disease. He then worked for the Scottish Agricultural College as a disease surveillance centre manager and a veterinary consultant before moving to New Zealand to join Massey University, where he is now Associate Professor in production animal medicine. Richard’s research interests include all aspects of cattle health and welfare. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 32 of these are on lameness.

Kristina graduated from Munich in Germany and spent 3 years completing her Doctorate in Bologna/ Italy and Munich, before taking on a full-time position as clinical veterinarian at the Clinic for Ruminants at the Centre for Clinical Veterinary Medicine in Munich. During the next four years she specialised in individual cattle lameness and orthopaedics, and completed a residency with the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM). She is currently employed as a clinical veterinarian at the Farm Services team of the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University. Her special interests include all things related to cattle lameness, welfare, and surgery.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • Self-assessed activities
  • Electronic library access
  • 3 day workshop face to face or an online option for some sessions

Learning community

  • MVM Commons community site
  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Online test
  • Case report
  • Portfolio of coursework (two submissions) 
  • Final assessment

Course Requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: Greenough, P R (2007). Bovine laminitis and lameness: a hands-on approach.
    Published: Saunders Elsevier, Edinburgh; New York: 2007
    ISBN: 9780702027802, 0702027804
Note: This textbook is now only available in e-book format

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2019 are NZ$6746. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

There will be a 3 day on-campus workshop held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This will build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. 

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. In 2019 the contact workshop will run on the same dates as the Reproduction course.  This format provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme. 

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2018
Course start 15 July 2019
Exam period 10 - 15 February 2019
Course end 15 February 2020

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

You may also be interested in online oiled wildlife response training.  This course is available for both veterinarians and non-veterinarians

Massey University

In 2018 Massey University celebrated 55 years of veterinary education.

Read more about the qualifications and courses in the MVM programme, how to enrol and fees, our supportive distance learning community and key dates and timing.


Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey