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Professional development

Massey University offers a variety of short courses and professional development-related qualifications that are particularly targeted at increasing the skill level of those in the workforce.

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We offer short courses in our areas of specialty, or we can develop something for your organisation or group.

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Research

Massey University is internationally-regarded for its animal and veterinary science-related research. We develop and share knowledge across a wide range of species and within a number of disciplines including ecology, conservation and veterinary science.

Research

Careers working with animals

If you are interested in a career working with animals you have the option of studying veterinary science or veterinary technology, animal science, equine, ecology, environmental management, zoology or conservation. Find out more about careers working with animals and what study options are available.

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Services

Animal Genetic Services

Massey University’s Equine Parentage and Animal Genetics Services Centre offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand.

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Animal feed testing service

Massey experts provide a processed animal food testing service. We adhere to industry standards such as AAFCO for feeding protocoI testing (growth, maintenance and gestation/lactation) and AAFCO nutrient profile testing. We can provide detailed reporting on measures such as metabolisable energy determination, urine pH and other urinary and blood metabolite measurements.

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Bug identification service

Massey scientists provide a bug identification service. Email us with your enquiry.

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Companion Animal Clinic

Top-quality veterinary care for all types of small pets. Open to the public, we are the first choice veterinary clinic for local pets. You can also ask your veterinarian for a referral to us for difficult cases. For emergencies contact the Pet Emergency Centre.

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Endocrinology services

Massey University provide radioimmunoassay and ELISA methods to measure hormones and other biological compounds for commercial clients and for collaborative research projects in many different species.

Contact John Cockrem

Equine Veterinary Clinic

Our highly skilled equine team offers a broad range of medical and surgical expertise. You can bring your horse in by appointment or ask your vet to refer your horse to us in difficult cases.

We are supported by experienced and qualified anaesthetists, nurses, technicians, clinical pathologists, and diagnostic imaging specialists allowing us to provide 24-hour intensive care.

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Farm Services Clinic

Massey University’s Farm Services Clinic provides on-farm treatment for all farm animals as well as in-clinic consultations as required. We have a large animal hospital in Palmerston North providing ongoing care as well as advanced diagnostic imaging, intensive care and surgery for our patients.

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Micro Aqua Tech

Part of Massey University's Hopkirk Institute, the Micro Aqua Tech service provides expert services in the water-borne diseases giardia and cryptosporidium. This includes investigating the enumeration and viability of Giardia & Cryptosporidium in water, shellfish or sewage. We can also evaluate novel anti-giardia/cryptosporidium products and carry out survey work.

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Pet Emergency Centre

We are the only 24-hour pet emergency centre in the central North Island. Our team is ready to provide excellent emergency and critical care treatment to your pet in our purpose-built, fully equipped facility.

Call 0800 PET EMERGENCY (0800 738 363)

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Pig production consultancy

Massey University is contracted by NZ Pork to provide technical advice and services to the pork industry. We run seminars and workshops, provide technical services and consult on environmental issues, animal welfare and industry analysis.

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Wildbase Hospital

Wildbase Hospital is New Zealand's only dedicated wildlife hospital. We provide a nationwide service and are at the forefront of veterinary care of New Zealand’s native birds, half of which are classified as threatened or endangered.

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Wildbase Oil Response

Wildbase Oil Response works to minimise the damaging effects of oil pollution on wildlife. We undertake the care, rehabilitation and release of animals after a marine oil spill. We also provide training internationally in wildlife oil spill response and management.

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Facilities

Large Animal Teaching Unit (LATU)

This is a dedicated facility to help train Massey veterinary students in aspects of large animal handling and examination across a range of species.

The facility includes a small working farm with horses, cattle, sheep and camelids. A range of veterinary procedures are taught as students progress through their course.

Massey Farms

Working with industry and research partners, Massey Farms run research and trials in areas of significance to science, the industry and consumer. There are eight farms as part of the group, including conventional and organic dairy units, sheep, beef and deer breeding units and a mixed enterprise/grazing/cropping unit over 2000 hectares.

Massey Farms

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital's state-of-the-art equipment includes canine hydrotherapy, MRI scanners, tomography, dynamic and video endoscopy, ultrasound and radiology equipment and arthroscopy as well as surgical expertise on many animal types.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Wildbase Hospital

Wildbase Hospital has a number of areas dedicated to the care of wildlife, including a treatment room, intensive care ward, surgery suite and isolation ward. Five patient wards separate prey from predatory species. Specialist facilities include anaesthetic equipment, portable radiographic unit, endoscope unit, microscopes and chemistry analysers as well as a large-screen TV monitor for student viewing of surgical procedures and radiographs.

Wildbase Hospital

Resources

3D Imaging Gallery

This digital gallery allows you to explore some of New Zealand’s fauna through 3D models, wildlife images and audio. View our insects, birds, and reptiles from all angles.

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AviaNZ birdsong recognition software

Developed by Massey scientists this software program is easy to use and equipped with the essentials for spectrogram reading, analysis and manual annotation. You can download the software along with the user manual for free.

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Guide to NZ Orthoptera

Research material on taxonomy, ecology and evolution of New Zealand wētā and other orthoptera such as stick insects, grasshoppers and crickets. 

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Guide to New Zealand soil invertebrates

Information on New Zealand soil and litter invertebrates, their diversity, biology, ecosystem role, and conservation status.

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Guide to sheep health

The Sheep: Health, Disease and Production is a guide to sheep health, disease and production for veterinarians, farmers, farm advisors, and veterinary, agricultural and applied science students. The latest edition features the latest research and thinking on sheep health, disease and production and includes in-depth information on exotic sheep diseases such as Helicobacter abortion and Schmallenberg virus.

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Invertebrate DNA Toolkit

As well as information on aDNA, transformational sequencing and next gen sequencing, data files from various projects relating to the DNA of invertebrates can be downloaded here for free.

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Livestock production in New Zealand

The complete guide to the management of dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, deer, goats, pigs, poultry, horses and working dogs in New Zealand. Written mainly by experts from Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science, it is of value and interest to everyone from students to farmers, right across New Zealand’s agribusiness sector. Edited by Kevin Stafford.

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Reintroduction specialist group

This a networking group for reintroduction practitioners worldwide, and provides guidance for re-introduction projects. It provides a set of guidelines for reintroductions, a reintroduction practitioners directory and other resources. Massey University leads this group.

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Sward stick

A printed 'yardstick', this tool was created to show the relationship between seasonality, the height and yield of herb pasture mixes in the field and whether stock should then be grazing, or not. The stick aims to assist farmers' understanding of the management of 'new' forage pasture types.

Contact Paul Kenyon

The New Zealand Wildlife Mortality Database, Huia

This database, kept by Massey University's Wildbase, records the causes of death of all threatened species in New Zealand and is available by request to conservation workers and scientists.

Contact Stuart Hunter

Veterinary Clinical Toxicology

An excellent resource on toxicoses for veterinary students, practitioners, agriculturalists, diagnostic laboratories and libraries. Includes the latest references, new toxicities and an expanded section of poisonous plant plates in colour.

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International development group

Arm of child getting vaccination

This group leads the design and implementation of programmes to strengthen veterinary education, epidemiology, biosecurity and public health in low-income countries. The programmes, using the One Health approach, are trans-disciplinary and funded by the New Zealand and UK governments, the European Union and the World Bank.

International Development Group

Departments and staff

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