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Kat Littlewood BVSc(Dist)

Lecturer in Animal Welfare

School of Veterinary Science

Kat is a small animal veterinarian in the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre (School of Veterinary Science, Massey University). Her PhD research focuses on the veterinarian’s role in end-of-life (EoL) management of older and chronically ill cats in New Zealand. This research focuses on understanding how veterinary students are taught EoL management in Australasian veterinary schools, as well as how EoL management is enacted by veterinarians in practice. Kat is also a Lecturer in Animal Welfare and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary and animal scientists animal welfare, behaviour, ethics, and law. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) Animal Welfare Chapter and studying towards Fellowship in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law. Kat is passionate about enhancing veterinarians’ understanding, and enactment, of their role as animal welfare experts.

Kat is a small animal veterinarian in the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre. Her PhD research focuses on the veterinarian’s role in end-of-life (EoL) management of older and chronically ill cats in New Zealand. This research focuses on understanding how veterinary students are taught EoL management in Australasian veterinary schools, as well as how EoL management is enacted by veterinarians in practice. Kat is also a Lecturer in Animal Welfare and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate animal welfare, behaviour, ethics, and law. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) Animal Welfare Chapter. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 6.08, Vet Tower
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Distinction - Massey University (2013)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Animal welfare, animal behaviour, veterinary ethics, animal euthanasia, end-of-life decision-making for animals, companion animals, owner-vet relationships, human-animal relationships, knowledge transfer, human behaviour change for animals, qualitative research methods, and veterinary education

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Production (070200):
Applied Ethics (220100): Bioethics (human and animal) (220101):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Humane Animal Treatment (070207):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Physiology (060600):
Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Keywords

Animal welfare, animal behaviour, veterinary ethics, animal euthanasia, end-of-life decision-making for animals, companion animals, owner-vet relationships, human-animal relationships, knowledge transfer, human behaviour change for animals, qualitative research methods, and veterinary education

Research Outputs

Journal

Gates, MC., Littlewood, KE., Kongara, K., Odom, TF., & Sawicki, RK. (2019). Cross-sectional survey of surgical techniques used to perform dog and cat spays in New Zealand veterinary practice. New Zealand Veterinary Journal.
[Journal article]Authored by: Gates, M., Kongara, K., Littlewood, K.
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.
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.
Littlewood, KE., Beausoleil, NJ., Stafford, KJ., Stephens, C., Collins, T., Fawcett, A., . . . Zito, S. (2018). Exploring how end-of-life management is taught to Australasian veterinary students. Part 1: Technical euthanasia. Veterinary Record.
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Littlewood, K., Stafford, K., Stephens, C.
Littlewood, KE., & Mellor, DJ. (2016). Changes in the welfare of an injuredworking farm dog assessed using the five domains model. Animals. 6(9)
[Journal article]Authored by: Littlewood, K.

Conference

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.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

193.305 Advanced Animal Behaviour

117.371 Animal Production

227.113/193.102 Animal Production, Welfare, & Handling

117.361 Companion Animal Science

227.219 Veterinary Structure & Function IIb

227.511 Animal Welfare & Behaviour SPECIAL TOPIC

194.731 Animal Welfare Science

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