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Prof Craig Johnson DipECVA, DVA, PhD

Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology

Doctoral Mentor Supervisor
School of Veterinary Science

Director, Research Ethics


Craig Johnson qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1989. After a spell in small animal practice, he moved to The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK as Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia. He obtained his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1992 and after a time as a locum lecturer in Pretoria, South Africa returned to the UK and gained a PhD from Cambridge University. From 1996 – 2001 Craig was a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Bristol University, UK. In April 2001 he moved to Massey and is now Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology.


Contact details

  • Ph: 7285
    Location: 6.13, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia - European College of Veterinary Anaesthetists (1995)
  • Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (1992)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Cambridge University (1997)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Mentor Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Comparative analgesia

Development of centrl pain pathways

Mechanisms of anaesthesia


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Central Nervous System (110903):
Comparative Physiology (060604):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Neurosciences (110900):
Physiology (060600):
Veterinary Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (070701): Veterinary Sciences (070700)


Animal welfare

Comparative analgesia



Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 19
Team Member 0 3

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Neurophysiology in BVSc and BSc programs. Postgraduate student supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 2
Co-supervisor 5 6

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Heidi Lehmann - Doctor of Philosophy
    The use of electroencephalography to investigate pain in the domestic pigeon

Co-supervisor of:

  • Morgan Heslop - Doctor of Philosophy
    Development of behavioural methods for the identification of boredom in animals
  • Sophia Holdsworth - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring the mechanisms underlying the thoracic squeeze technique in neonatal mammals of precocial species, and its potential application in an industry setting
  • Robert Sawicki - Doctor of Philosophy
    Pain management in small animal medicine
  • Sandeep Raj Karna - Doctor of Philosophy
    Analgesic efficacy and pharmacokinetics of combinations of morphine, dexmedetomidine and maropitant in dogs
  • Hiroki Sano - Doctor of Philosophy

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Pania Flint - Doctor of Philosophy
    Velvet antler removal from red deer
  • 2009 - Troy Gibson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Electroencephalographic responses of calves to the noxious sensory input of slaughter by ventral neck incision and its modulation with non-penetrative captive bolt stunning

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Nicola Kells - Doctor of Philosophy
    Acute nociception in neonatal pigs undergoing tail docking: Influence of docking method and age, evaluation of pain mitigation strategies, and assessment of the potential for longer-term pain
  • 2012 - Amanda McIlhone - Doctor of Philosophy
    Some characteristics of brain electrical activity in the domestic chicken
  • 2012 - Preet Mohinder Singh - Doctor of Philosophy
    Pharmacology of Analgesic Drugs in Birds
  • 2010 - Tamara Diesch - Doctor of Philosophy
    Neurological development and the potential for conscious perception after birth: Comparison between species and implications for animal welfare
  • 2008 - Kavitha Kongara - Doctor of Philosophy
    Studies on renal safety and preventive analgesic efficacy of tramadol and parecoxib in Dogs
  • 2006 - Ignacio Lizarraga-Madrigal - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spinal analgesic interaction between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and N-methyl D-aspartate receptor systems.

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