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Dr Ina Draganova PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hon)

Lecturer in Animal Science

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Agriculture and Environment

Ina is a Lecturer in Animal Science (School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University). Prior to joining Massey University Ina was a Lecture in Equine and Animal Science at Hartpury College, University of West of England, UK where she led the BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme. Her research interests lie in the area of animal behaviour, animal management and precision technologies. In recent years, Ina has focused on the use of emerging precision tools to track and monitor livestock, examining the interactions between animals and their environment, and spatial data analysis. Furthermore, Ina has an interest in companion animal behaviour, with a focus on behaviour problems in dogs and cats, and the use of behaviour modification techniques that reflect current understanding of how animals learn to mitigate these. Ina also teaches animal behaviour and handling to undergraduate veterinary and animal science students, and precision technologies to agricultural science students.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: AHA 3.82

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2013)
  • Masters of Philosophy - Queen Marry, University of London (2003)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Queen Marry, University of London (1998)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My main area of research interest is in animal behaviour, both livestock and companion animals. In particular, how environmental factors affect animal behaviour and how we can successfully use emerging precision tools to track, monitor and analyse these interactions.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100):
Animal Behaviour (060801): Biological Sciences (060000):
Environmental Sciences (050000):
Zoology (060800)

Keywords

animal behaviour, GPS and sensor technologies, precision livestock agriculture, ArcGIS, spatial data, companian animal behaviour.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2
Team Member 0 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Duranovich, F., López-Villalobos, N., Shadbolt, N., Draganova, I., Yule, I., & Morris, S. (2021). The deviation between dairy cow metabolizable energy requirements and pasture supply on a dairy farm using proximal hyperspectral sensing. Agriculture (Switzerland). 11(3), 1-15
[Journal article]Authored by: Draganova, I., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Morris, S., Shadbolt, N.
Duranovich, FN., Yule, IJ., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Shadbolt, NM., Draganova, I., & Morris, ST. (2020). Using Proximal Hyperspectral Sensing to Predict Herbage Nutritive Value for Dairy Farming. AGRONOMY-BASEL. 10(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Draganova, I., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Morris, S., Shadbolt, N.
Molenaar, AJ., Maclean, PH., Gilmour, ML., Draganova, IG., Symes, CW., Margerison, JK., . . . McMahon, CD. (2020). Effect of whole-milk allowance on liveweight gain and growth of parenchyma and fat pads in the mammary glands of dairy heifers at weaning. Journal of Dairy Science. 103(6), 5061-5069
[Journal article]Authored by: Draganova, I.
Gibson, MJ., Lawrence, KE., Hickson, RE., How, R., Gedye, KR., Jones, G., . . . Pomroy, WE. (2020). Effects of Theileria orientalis Ikeda type infection on libido and semen quality of bulls. Animal Reproduction Science. 214
[Journal article]Authored by: Draganova, I., Gedye, K., Hickson, R., Jones, G., Lawrence, K.
Lawrence, KE., Gibson, M., Hickson, RE., Gedye, K., Hoogenboom, A., Fermin, L., . . . Pomroy, WE. (2018). Experimental infection of Friesian bulls with Theileria orientalis (Ikeda) and effects on the haematocrit, live weight, rectal temperature and activity. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports. 14, 85-93
[Journal article]Authored by: Draganova, I., Fermin, L., Gedye, K., Hickson, R., Lawrence, K.
Draganova, I., Yule, I., Stevenson, M., & Betteridge, K. (2016). The effects of temporal and environmental factors on the urination behaviour of dairy cows using tracking and sensor technologies. Precision Agriculture. 17(4), 407-420
[Journal article]Authored by: Draganova, I., Yule, I.

Conference

Hoogenboom, A., Draganova, I., Burkitt, L., Hickson, R., Bretherton, M., Hedley, C., . . . Morris, S. (2017). Monitoring of cattle in streams and wet areas on a hill country farm. Science and policy: nutrient management challenges for the next generation. (Eds L. D. Currie and M. J. Hedley).. (pp. 1 - 9). : 30th Annual Fertilizer & Lime Research Centre Workshop
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bretherton, M., Burkitt, L., Draganova, I., Hickson, R.
Hickson, RE., Draganova, IG., Burkitt, LL., Horne, DJ., & Morris, ST. (2016). Strategic supplementation to manage movement of beef cows on hills. In A. Iwaasa, HA. Kardber, M. Schellenbert, W. Willms, & K. Larson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 10th International Rangeland Congress. (pp. 452 - 454). : International Rangelands Congress
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Burkitt, L., Draganova, I., Hickson, R., Horne, D.
Hickson, RE., Martin, NP., Draganova, I., Horne, D., Kenyon, PR., & Morris, ST. (2015). Brief communication waling distance and energy expenditure of beef cows grazing on hill country in winter. In S. Peterson (Ed.) Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. Vol. 75 (pp. 164 - 166). Dunedin, New Zealand: 75th New Zealand Society of Animal Production
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I., Hickson, R., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.
Horne, D., Bretherton, M., Draganova, I., Hedley, M., & Morris, S. (2014). Wintering cattle in hill country: Monitoring the impacts on the soil resource. Occasional Report No. 27. Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 1). : 27th Annual FLRC Workshop: Nutrient Management for the Farm, Catchment and Community
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bretherton, M., Draganova, I., Horne, D.
Yule, IJ., Grafton, MCE., Irwin, ME., Draganova, I., Von Bueren, ., & Chok, S. (2014). Use of remote sensing for pasture management. ?. Vol. 17: 17th Symposium of Precision Agriculture Australia
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I., Grafton, M., Irwin, M., Yule, I.Contributed to by: Grafton, M.
Draganova, I., Yule, IJ., Betteridge, K., & Stevenson, M. (2012). The use of GPS-tracking and supporting sensor technologies in monitoring dairy cows under commercial setting. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium. (pp. 30 - 30). : 3rd Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I., Yule, I.
Draganova, I., Yule, IJ., & Stevenson, M. (2012). The cows role in redistributing N around the dairy farm. In LD. Currie, & CL. Christensen (Eds.) Fertilizer & Lime Research Centre Workshop Proceedings. (pp. 1 - 10). : 25th Annual FLRC Workshhop: Advanced nutrient management: Gains from the past - goals for the future
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I., Yule, I.Edited by: Christensen, C., Currie, L.
Draganova, IG., Yule, I., & Stevenson, M. (2012). The use of sensing technologies to monitor and track the behavior of cows on a commercial dairy farm. Proceedings of the International Conference on Precision Agriculture. : 11th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I., Yule, I.
Draganova, IG., Yule, I., Hedley, M., Betteridge, K., & Stafford, K. (2010). Monitoring Dairy Cow Activity With GPS-tracking And Supporting Technologies.. : 9th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I., Yule, I.
Hannan, M., Draganova, I., & Dumbell, L. (2006). Factors affecting mutual grooming and play behaviour in a group of domestic horses (Equus caballus).. APPLYING EQUINE SCIENCE: RESEARCH INTO BUSINESS. : 2nd BSAS Equine Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Draganova, I.

Thesis

Draganova, IG. (2012). Nutrient distribution and behaviour of livestock in an intensively managed dairy system. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University) Draganova, IG. (2012). Nutrient distribution and behaviour of livestock in intensively managed dairy system. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Draganova, I.Edited by: Yule, I.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Bulgarian
    Last used: native speaker
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

117.107 Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare

227.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare for Veterinary Science

117.231 Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Health

117.155 Introduction to Animal Science

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 0
Co-supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Jacques Krticka Carvalho - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigation of the effect of shelterbelts on dairy cattle behaviour and its influence on the spatial distribution of soil carbon, phosphorus, nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions
  • Muhammad Wasim Iqbal - Doctor of Philosophy
    Understanding the between animal variations in behaviour and their associations with production in grazing dairy cows

Co-supervisor of:

  • Michelle Smit - Doctor of Philosophy
    Physical activity and behaviour in domestic cats (Felis catus)
  • Aloyce Bunyaga - Doctor of Philosophy
    The impact of water on behaviour and productivity of sheep

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Federico Duranovich - Doctor of Philosophy
    Unveiling the potential of proximal hyperspectral sensing for measuring herbage nutritive value in a pasture-based dairy farm system