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Associate Professor Carolyn Gates

Associate Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology

School of Veterinary Science

I completed my veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 concentrating in food animal production medicine and veterinary public health.  After a brief spell in private practice, I completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh focusing on the use of national livestock movement databases to understand patterns of disease transmission and to develop novel approaches to disease control in the British cattle industry.  Prior to joining Massey University, I worked as a research consultant on a veterinary syndromic surveillance project at Texas A&M University and as a clinical staff veterinarian at two large animal shelters in Philadelphia.


Contact details

  • Ph: + 64 (06) 951 8140
    Location: 2.04, Wool Building
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how routine management practices influence the spread of infectious diseases within and between livestock farms.  In particular, I am interested in:

  • monitoring routinely collected animal health information for trends that may indicate emerging farm and industry level disease concerns
  • evaluating the potential for diseases to spread between farms through the movements of personnel, vehicles, and equipment from livestock support services
  • modelling the impact of national animal health programmes on disease transmission dynamics and farm profitability
  • understanding the motivations behind farmers' decisions to participate in herd health improvement schemes
  • developing interactive software tools to facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and industry

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agricultural Production Systems Simulation (070103): Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100): Animal Management (070203): Animal Production (070200): Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens) (070205): Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 9 3
Team Member 0 1

Current Projects

Project Title: Antimicrobial Stewardship: Surveillance, Research & Engagement (ASSURE) in New Zealand farm animal production systems (Clare Phythian)

Date Range: 2018 - 2022

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: NSC - Project 2.1 - Biosecurity network interventions (NZ Biological Heritage National Science Challenge)

Date Range: 2015 - 2019

Funding Body: Lincoln University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 2
Co-supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Jun Hee Han - Doctor of Philosophy
    Establishment of optimal control strategies to eliminate bovine viral diarrhoea in New Zealand
  • Sabrina Greening - Doctor of Philosophy
    Epidemiology and evolution of pathogens in livestock networks

Co-supervisor of:

  • Sonali Dissanayake - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molecular epidemiology of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) in New Zealand
  • Rudolfo Bueno - Doctor of Philosophy
    Development and application of field deployable diagnostic tests to aid rapid differential diagnosis of important infectious animal diseases

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Mary Van Beest Van Andel - Doctor of Philosophy
    Extrapolating incomplete animal population and surveillance data for use in national disease control: Examples from Myanmar and New Zealand
  • 2018 - Arata Hidano - Doctor of Philosophy
    Optimising the use of new data streams for making epidemiological inferences in veterinary epidemiology

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Danchen Yang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Epidemiological studies of bovine digital dermatitis in pasture-based dairy system in New Zealand

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