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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85448

Dr Thomas Odom DVM, BSc

Group Leader - Community Practice/Radiology

School of Veterinary Science

I completed my undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin and my veterinary degree at the University of Tennessee (1999).  I completed a rotating inernship in small animal medicine and surgery in 2000.  I then practiced small animal medicine in private practice in San Francisco for 15 years, the majority of that as the practice owner.  I moved to New Zealand in 2014 to join Massey and now head the team of talented veterinarians in the VTH Primary Practice.


Contact details

  • Ph: 85448
    Location: 1.42, VetSci
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Tennessee (1999)
  • Bachelor of Sciences - University of Wisconsin-Madison (1991)

Research Expertise

Research Opportunities

  • Owner compliance with medications in small animal practice in New Zealand  (21/09/2018) Aims are to identify overall compliance rates in NZ, identify aids and barriers to medication administration, and identify any potential links to AMR.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Pharmacology (070710): Veterinary Sciences (070700): Veterinary Surgery (070711)


small animal medicine

small animal surgery

clinical teaching

Research Outputs


Carolyn Gates, M., Littlewood, KE., Kongara, K., Odom, TF., & Sawicki, RK. (2019). Guidelines for Implementing a Low-Cost Volunteer Desexing Skills Training Program for Veterinary and Veterinary Technology Students.. J Vet Med Educ. , 1-13
[Journal article]Authored by: Gates, M., Kongara, K., Littlewood, K., Odom, T., Sawicki, R.
Jack, MW., Crosse, KR., Odom, TF., & Poirier, VJ. (2019). Outcome of secondary intention healing of full thickness lower eyelid defects in dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 60(6), 379-383
[Journal article]Authored by: Crosse, K., Odom, T.
Gates, C., Littlewood, K., Kongara, K., Odom, T., & Sawicki, R. (2018). There are many ways to spay a cat. Vet Script. 31(10), 24-26 Retrieved from http://www.sciquest.org.nz/node/150229
[Journal article]Authored by: Kongara, K., Littlewood, K., Odom, T., Sawicki, R.
Gates, MC., Odom, TF., & Sawicki, RK. (2018). Experience and confidence of final year veterinary students in performing desexing surgeries. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 66(4), 210-215
[Journal article]Authored by: Gates, M., Odom, T., Sawicki, R.
Wilson, IJ., Burchell, RK., Worth, AJ., Burton, SE., Gedye, KR., Clark, KJ., . . . Gal, A. (2018). Kinetics of Plasma Cell-Free DNA and Creatine Kinase in a Canine Model of Tissue Injury. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 32(1), 157-164
[Journal article]Authored by: Crosse, K., De Grey, S., Gedye, K., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Odom, T., Tomlin, S., Worth, A.
Sano, H., Barker, K., Odom, T., Lewis, K., Giordano, P., Walsh, V., . . . Chambers, JP. (2018). A survey of dog and cat anaesthesia in a sample of veterinary practices in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 66(2), 85-92
[Journal article]Authored by: Chambers, J., Odom, T., Sano, H.
Odom, T., Kania, SA., Rajeev, S., Burns, EH., Holloway, SM., & Bemis, DA. (2000). Characterization of fimN, a new Bordetella bronchiseptica major fimbrial subunit gene. Gene. 256(1-2), 149-155
[Journal article]Authored by: Odom, T.
Odom, T., & Anderson, JG. (2000). Proliferative Gingival Lesion in a Cat with Disseminated Cryptococcosis. Journal of veterinary dentistry. 17(4), 177-181
[Journal article]Authored by: Odom, T.


Gates, M., Littlewood, K., Kongara, K., Sawicki, R., & Odom, T. (2018). How many ways to spay? Improving student confidence and competence in performing desexing surgeries at the time of graduation. Poster session presented at the meeting of ISVEE 15. Chiang Mai, Thailand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gates, M., Kongara, K., Littlewood, K., Odom, T., Sawicki, R.
Poirier, VJ., Malcom, J., Odom, T., & Crosse, K. (2017). Do dogs need lower eyelid?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Veterinary Cancer Society Conference. Portland, United States of America
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Crosse, K., Odom, T.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

227.511 Veterinary Clinics and Public Health

227.211 Veterinary Structure and Function 2

227.213 Introductory Veterinary Clinical Studies I

227.414 Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics

193.303 Advanced Clinical Studies

193.306 Integrative Studies for Veterinary Technologists 

193.212 Veterinary Medical Nursing

193.122  Principles of Veterinary Nursing

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