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Dr Chris Compton

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology

School of Veterinary Science

My research interests are primarily those from my work and academic career: mastitis, reproduction, nutrition and metabolic disorders in dairy cattle. The main themes of my research experience have involved studies in commercial herds on mastitis in dairy heifers, anovulatory anoestrous and oestrous synchronisation programmes, hyperketonaemia or subclinical ketosis, and most recently, the extent and causes of culling and mortality. In these studies I have used a range of analytic methods, including those suitable for hierarchical, survival and spatial data types. I am focused on providing strategies for farmers that will enhance the health, productivity and welfare of their animals.

I am a veterinary epidemiologist with a broad background in clinical practice and research. I invested my early career into clinical practice in New Zealand, mainly with production animals and increasingly with dairy cattle. I worked as a research project manager with "Cognosco" in veterinary practice in the Waikato, and graduated with a Masters of Veterinary Studies (Epidemiology) in 2006 having gained additional skills needed for that role. I joined the EpiCentre in 2017 and graduated with a PhD on "The epidemiology of culling and mortality of New Zealand dairy cows" in 2018. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 86283
    Location: 2.06, Wool Building
    Campus: Manawatu

Prizes and Awards

  • Receipt of the ANZCVS Award for the most commendable paper published in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal in 2015. This award recognises the quality of scientific content, style and presentation, and especially the applicability of the findings to veterinary clinical practice. The college commented : "Your paper is both relevant to the veterinary profession and presents the results of a detailed and well presented scientific study." This article is also included in my NRO. - Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (2015)
  • Editor's Choice Award for January 2017. Our article “Invited review: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis of mortality and culling in dairy cattle” was selected as an “Editor’s Choice” by the editor-in-chief, Matt Lucy. The article featured prominently on the journal’s homepage for one month and was included in the Editor’s Choice Collection, where it was freely accessible to all. - Journal of Dairy Science (2016)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Mastiits in dairy cattle
  • Reproduction in dairy cattle
  • Nutrition and metabolic disorders in dairy cattle
  • Culling and mortality of New Zealand dairy cows
  • Analytic methods for epidemilogic data

Thematics

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

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Growth and Development (070202): Animal Management (070203): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200): Animal Reproduction (070206): Humane Animal Treatment (070207)

Keywords

  • Animal health
  • Animal production
  • Dairy cattle
  • Reproduction
  • Mastitis
  • Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Survival analysis
  • Spatial
  • GIS

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Griffiths, KJ., Ridler, AL., Compton, CWR., Corner-Thomas, RA., & Kenyon, PR. (2019). Investigating associations between lamb survival to weaning and dam udder and teat scores. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 67(4), 163-171
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Corner-Thomas, R., Griffiths, K., Kenyon, P., Ridler, A.
Griffiths, KJ., Ridler, AL., Compton, CWR., Corner-Thomas, RA., & Kenyon, PR. (2019). Associations between lamb growth to weaning and dam udder and teat scores. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 67(4), 172-179
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Corner-Thomas, R., Griffiths, K., Kenyon, P., Ridler, A.
McDougall, S., Compton, CWR., & Botha, N. (2017). Factors influencing antimicrobial prescribing by veterinarians and usage by dairy farmers in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 65(2), 84-92
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Heuer, C., Thomsen, PT., Carpenter, TE., Phyn, CVC., & McDougall, S. (2017). Invited review: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis of mortality and culling in dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. 100(1), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
Compton, CWR., Young, L., & McDougall, S. (2015). Subclinical ketosis in post-partum dairy cows fed a predominantly pasture-based diet: defining cut-points for diagnosis using concentrations of beta-hydroxybutyrate in blood and determining prevalence. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 63(5), 241-248
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Young, L., & McDougall, S. (2015). Efficacy of controlled-release capsules containing monensin for the prevention of subclinical ketosis in pasture-fed dairy cows. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 63(5), 249-253
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., McDougall, S., & Anexa, C. (2014). Patterns of antibiotic sales to Waikato dairy farms. VetScript. , 22-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., McDougall, S., Young, L., & Bryan, MA. (2014). Prevalence of subclinical ketosis in mainly pasture-grazed dairy cows in New Zealand in early lactation. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 62(1), 30-37
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Emslie, FR., & McDougall, S. (2014). Randomised controlled trials demonstrate efficacy of a novel internal teat sealant to prevent new intramammary infections in dairy cows and heifers. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 62(5), 258-266
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Brownlie, T., De Boer, M., Roberts, K., & Compton, C. (2014). Managing reproduction in the grazing cow. Cattle Practice. 22, 72-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., & McDougall, S. (2013). Anti-microbial usage on Waikato dairy farms. VetScript. 26(10), 34-35 Retrieved from http://www.sciquest.org.nz/elibrary/edition/7181
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Rhodes, FM., & Compton, CWR. (2013). Evaluation of three synchrony programs for pasture-based dairy heifers. Theriogenology. 79(5), 882-889
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., de Boer, M., Compton, C., & LeBlanc, SJ. (2013). Clinical trial of treatment programs for purulent vaginal discharge in lactating dairy cattle in New Zealand. Theriogenology. 79(8), 1139-1145
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR. (2012). Managing heifer mastitis. Vet Script. 25(7), 28-28 Retrieved from http://www.sciquest.org.nz/elibrary/edition/5908
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., & McDougall, S. (2010). A longitudinal study of reproductive performance and management of 82 dairy herds in the waikato region with differing policies on the routine use of induction of parturition. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 58(4), 175-183
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Burke, CR., Meier, S., McDougall, S., Compton, C., Mitchell, M., & Roche, JR. (2010). Relationships between endometritis and metabolic state during the transition period in pasture-grazed dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 93(11), 5363-5373
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Cursons, RTM., Barnett, CME., & McDougall, S. (2009). Expression of innate resistance factors in mammary secretion from periparturient dairy heifers and their association with subsequent infection status. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 127(3-4), 357-364
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Parker, KI., Heuer, C., & Compton, CWR. (2009). A review of prevention and control of heifer mastitis via non-antibiotic strategies. Veterinary Microbiology. 134(1-2), 177-185
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
McDougall, S., Parker, KI., Weir, AM., & Compton, CWR. (2008). Effect of application of an external teat sealant and/or oral treatment with a monensin capsule pre-calving on the prevalence and incidence of subclinical and clinical mastitis in dairy heifers. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 56(3), 120-129
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Parker, KI., Compton, CWR., Anniss, FM., Heuer, C., & McDougall, S. (2008). Quarter-level analysis of subclinical and clinical mastitis in primiparous heifers following the use of a teat sealant or an injectable antibiotic, or both, precalving. Journal of Dairy Science. 91(1), 169-181
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
McDougall, S., Agnew, KE., Cursons, R., Hou, XX., & Compton, CRW. (2007). Parenteral treatment of clinical mastitis with tylosin base or penethamate hydriodide in dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. 90(2), 779-789
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Parker, KI., Compton, CWR., Anniss, FM., Weir, AM., & McDougall, S. (2007). Management of dairy heifers and its relationships with the incidence of clinical mastitis. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 55(5), 208-216
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Macaulay, R., & Compton, C. (2007). Association between endometritis diagnosis using a novel intravaginal device and reproductive performance in dairy cattle. Animal Reproduction Science. 99(1-2), 9-23
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Heuer, C., Parker, K., & McDougall, S. (2007). Epidemiology of mastitis in pasture-grazed peripartum dairy heifers and its effects on productivity. Journal of Dairy Science. 90(9), 4157-4170
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
Compton, CWR., Heuer, C., Parker, K., & McDougall, S. (2007). Risk factors for peripartum mastitis in pasture-grazed dairy heifers. Journal of Dairy Science. 90(9), 4171-4180
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
Parker, KI., Compton, C., Anniss, FM., Weir, A., Heuer, C., & McOougall, S. (2007). Subclinical and clinical mastitis in heifers following the use of a teat sealant precalving. Journal of Dairy Science. 90(1), 207-218
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
McDougall, S., & Compton, C. (2006). Reproductive performance in the subsequent lactation of dairy cows previously treated for failure to be detected in oestrus. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 54(3), 132-140
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Compton, CWR., Hanlon, DW., Davidson, PJ., Sullivan, DJ., Gore, AH., . . . Anniss, FM. (2005). Reproductive performance in anestrous dairy cows following treatment with two protocols and two doses of progesterone. Theriogenology. 63(6), 1529-1548
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., & Compton, C. (2005). Reproductive performance of anestrous dairy cows treated with progesterone and estradiol benzoate. Journal of Dairy Science. 88(7), 2388-2400
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Parker, K., Compton, C., & Heuer, C. (2005). Reducing subclinical and clinical mastitis in dairy heifers by precalving infusion of a teat sealant and/or parenteral antibiotic therapy. , 269-273
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
McDougall, S., Compton, CWR., & Anniss, FM. (2004). Effect of exogenous progesterone and oestradiol on plasma progesterone concentrations and follicle wave dynamics in anovulatory anoestrous post-partum dairy cattle. Animal Reproduction Science. 84(3-4), 303-314
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C.
West, DM., Stafford, KJ., Alley, MR., Badcoe, LM., Hilbink, F., & Compton, CWR. (1993). Serological and necropsy findings for rams infected with brucella ovis which were not identified by the complement fixation test. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 41(2), 82-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Compton, C., Stafford, K.

Conference

McDougall, S., Gohary, K., Bates, A., & Compton, CWR. (2016). Antimicrobial usage and resistance. (pp. 25 - 32). , Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians of the NZVA Annual Conference, Vet Learn
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
Mcdougall, S., Gohary, K., Bates, A., & Compton, CWR. (2016). Antimicrobial usage on farm. (pp. 45 - 50). , New Zealand milk quality conference New Zealand veterinary association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Heuer, C., Carpenter, T., McDougall, S., & Phyn, C. (2016). Patterns of culling and mortality and their attributed causes in pasture-based seasonal calving cows in New Zealand. (pp. 129 - 141). , Society of dairy cattle veterinarians of the NZVA annual conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
Mcdougall, S., Hunnam, J., Compton, CWR., & Botha, N. (2015). Factors influencing antimicrobial prescribing and usage in New Zealand. (pp. 45 - 62). , Society of dairy cattle veterinarians of the NZVA annual conference, Vet Learn
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., Heuer, C., Carpenter, T., McDougall, S., & Phyn, C. (2015). Stochastic bias analysis to adjust for misclassification of farmer-reported cases of clinical mastitis in a secondary database on the incidence risk ratio for culling. , International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C., Heuer, C.
McDougall, S., & Compton, CWR. (2014). Internal teat sealants. (pp. 35 - 46). , New Zealand milk quality conference New Zealand veterinary association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
McDougall, S., Pearson, L., Perry, M., & Compton, CWR. (2014). Effect of Theileria orientalis ikeda on reproductive performance of a dairy herd. In Proceedings of the society of dairy cattle veterinarians of the NZVA(pp. 103 - 118). , Society of dairy cattle veterinarians of the NZVA annual conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR. (2013). Epidemiology and economics of subclinical ketosis in the New Zealand dairy industry. In Proceeding of the society of Dairy cattle veterinarians of the NZVA Annual Conference(pp. 183 - 188). , Society of Dairy cattle veterinarians of the NZVA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
Compton, CWR., & McDougall, S. (2012). Minimising heifer mastitis what's new?. (pp. 1 - 9). , New Zealand Milk Quality Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.
de Boer, M., McDougall, S., Troncoso, P., & Compton, CWR. (2012). Treatment of bovine clinical endometritis with parenteral (Excede LA) or intrauterine (Metricure) antibiotic therapy. In Proceeding of the Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians of the NZVA, Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians of the NZVA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Compton, C.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • October 2018 - - South-East Asia-China Foot and Mouth Disease Programme
    OIE Sub-Regional training on applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for advanced spatial analysis of animal health data

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Teaching

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)

Courses Coordinated

  • 118.705 Decision Making with Animal Health Data
  • 118.706 Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Epidemiologic Data

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Kate Griffiths - Doctor of Philosophy
    An epidemiologic investigation of wastage and productivity of ewes in a sample of New Zealand commercial flocks

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