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Dr Rene Corner-Thomas completed a BSc at the University of Melbourne in 1996 and moved to New Zealand in 2000 to undertake a Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology. She was first employed at Massey University as a research assistant in the Animal Welfare and Bioethics Centre in 2002 before undertaking a PhD in 2003 to examine the effects of mid-pregnancy stressors on lamb development and post-natal growth. At completion of her PhD in 2007, Rene began working at Estendart Ltd undertaking research compliant with the principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). In 2012, Rene returned to Massey University to take up a position as a Research office in the International Sheep Research Centre. Her research aims to improve productivity and profitability of sheep production systems. In addition, she aims improve the welfare of sheep and examine the potential impacts of sheep behaviour on the environment.
Dr Rene Corner-Thomas is a senior lecturer in sheep production in the International Sheep Research Centre at Massey University. After completing a PhD at Massey University in 2007 she worked as a Research Officer at Estendart Ltd before returning to the University in 2012. Rene joined the Sheep Research Centre as a research officer to work on projects ranging from large flock studies of hogget breeding, to feeding hogget ewes on alternative herbages during lambing to an investigation of ewe longevity. In 2015, Rene took up a lecturing position and in 2018 was promoted to senior lecturer.
My principle interests are in ewe and hogget production and longevity. In particular ewe and hogget nutrition during pregnancy and the effect of ewe and lamb behaviour on lamb survival and growth to weaning. I am also interested in ewe and lamb behviour and the impacts it can have on lamb survival.
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200): Animal Reproduction (070206)
Sheep production and management
Managing multiple bearing and rearing ewes
Hogget (ewe lamb) breeding
Use of alternative herbages (chicory / plantain)
Improving reproductive performance
Lambs and lamb growth
Ewe and lamb behaviour
Project Title: Science-based Extension for Lower North Island Sheep and Beef Farmers
Date Range: 2015 - 2017
Funding Body: Ministry for Primary Industries
I teach into undergraduate courses in Reproduction, Sheep Production, Wool Production, Livestock behaviour, Welfare of livestock and Livestock Management to Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of AgriScience, Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science students.