Skip to Content
Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 86283
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.
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
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)
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)