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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.

Short courses

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

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Professional programmes


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.


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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    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.

    Contact David Thomas

    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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    Veterinary referral service

    This service is for veterinarians who wish to refer a case in order to gain access to the specialist diagnostic procedures and second opinions offered by Massey Veterinary Teaching Hospital staff.

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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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      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


        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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        Fauna toolkit

        A joint project between Massey University, Canterbury Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Fauna Toolkit is a portal to 3D digitised models of bird bones from museum collections.

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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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        One Health

        Arm of child getting vaccination

        Massey University expertise is contributing to tackling global epidemics and pandemics under the One Health umbrella.

        One Health

        Departments and staff

        Find out more about the departments and staff involved in animal and veterinary at Massey.