Research expertise


We are researching new treatments for tendon injuries, investigating impact-induced fractures in bone tissue, and looking at the effects of age, exercise and disease on bone and cartilage microstructure.



Massey University staff are working on world-leading collaborative research covering a range of areas related to infectious diseases and their transfer between the environment, animals and humans.

We have a broad range of specialists in animal, human and environmental health who are researching trends and solutions to emerging national and international public health issues caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites or viruses.


Husbandry and animal welfare

The assessment of how different husbandry systems affect animal welfare. This includes survival of infant animals, welfare of livestock during slaughter and relieving lameness.


Medicine development for animals

Massey's fundamental scientists have expertise in developing hydrogels for delivering various pain killing drug preparations to animals.


Pain and stress alleviation and endrocrinology

Our research expertise is in animal responses to stress across a broad range of vertebrate animals, with a focus on non-invasive methods.

This includes expertise in endocrinology – individual variation in corticosterone and cortisol stress responses, endocrine and behavioural responses to stressors.


Pathobiology in animals

We have expertise in the mechanisms of disease development and diagnosis in animals. This includes a diverse range of disease processes including infectious diseases, cancer, toxicities, nutritional diseases and genetic diseases. We also have expertise in histopathology support and interpretation, developing methods to quantify disease severity, and study design for industry research.


Physiology in animals

Our researchers are looking at physiology in relation to a number of areas including breeding and nutrition uptake across production and companion animals and wildlife.

We are researching animals’ physiological responses to the environment and to human management. This includes responses to capture and handling.


Research projects


    Border health indicators

    Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of border health like infectious diseases and pests introduced to New Zealand.

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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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    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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      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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      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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      Pathobiology service

      We provide histopathology support and interpretation, developing methods to quantify disease severity and study design for industry research.

      Contact John Munday

      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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      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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      Research centres and groups

        Beef Research Centre

        Our aim is to undertake quality research consistent with the needs of the New Zealand Beef Industry and to advance scientific knowledge of beef production, welfare, health and biology.

        Beef Research Centre

        Coastal-Marine Research Group

        This centre undertakes marine ecological research within and beyond New Zealand waters, concentrating largely on conservation and management orientated questions. Our specific strengths include marine mammal biology and ecology and quantitative marine ecology.

        Coastal-Marine Research Group

        Dairy Research Centre

        This Centre consists of scientists, technicians and veterinarians with expertise across a broad range of dairy system and dairy animal research projects. We operate a commercial Farm Services Clinic. We also work with some other milk-producing animals including sheep and goats.

        Contact Danny Donaghy


        The EpiCentre is the largest veterinary epidemiology training and research centre in Australasia. It is widely considered to be one of the leading groups in the world. We have expertise in the understanding and control of disease in animal populations, the transmission of disease from animals to humans, and hazards in food of animal origin.

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        Equine Research Centre

        Much of the equine research carried out in New Zealand is conducted at Massey University. Our aim is to perform scientific research and promote education to optimise equine health, welfare and the productivity of the equine industry.

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        Hopkirk Institute

        The Hopkirk Institute is a joint institute – scientists are from both AgResearch and Massey University. It has the southern hemisphere's largest concentration of health sciences for pastoral-fed animals.

        Scientists collaborate on researching solutions for the sustainable control of parasitic diseases, primarily in sheep and cattle including:

        • evaluating more effective vaccines to combat infectious disease, including tuberculosis, Johne's disease, mastitis and pneumonia
        • identifying and predicting food poisoning threats in New Zealand and devising strategies to minimise their prevalence and impact.

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        Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDReC)

        The Centre engages in applied research concerning multi-host pathogens and fundamental research regarding pathogen evolution and disease emergence. We cover the spectrum of population-based infectious disease research from microbiology, through population genetics, epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, disease ecology, statistics, mathematical modelling, and public health.

        Infectious Disease Research Centre

        International Sheep Research Centre

        The focus of the Centre is to advance the scientific knowledge of sheep production, husbandry, welfare, health, nutrition, reproduction and biology of sheep.

        Contact Steve Morris

        Monogastric Research Centre

        The Centre is an Australasian Centre of Excellence on monogastric species. Research focuses on feed evaluation, nutrition, husbandry and welfare. It provides a focal point for the New Zealand monogastric industries and has extensive international linkages.

        Contact Patrick Morel

        One Health Aotearoa

        Massey University scientists are part of One Health Aotearoa. An alliance of New Zealand’s leading infectious diseases researchers, this group work together to address important health hazards in New Zealand.

        One Health Aotearoa

        Working Dog Centre

        We work to improve the health and working life of working and service dogs through cutting-edge scientific investigations.

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        The mEpiLab's works to improve the health of New Zealanders by developing and applying new techniques to inform decision making and guide the prevention and control of infectious disease.

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        Departments and staff

        Find out more about the departments and staff involved in animal health and management research at Massey.

        Animal expertise

        Massey University scientists also have expertise across some key animal types. Find out more about study options, research, facilities, services or resources to do with these animals.