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Research expertise by discipline

Research expertise by animal

Find out more about Massey scientists' research expertise, facilities, services and resources available for some animal types.

Research projects

Student research


    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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    Departments and staff

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

    Research centres

      AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding

      The Centre ensures sustained development and application of knowledge in quantitative genetics and breeding to enhance the profitability of New Zealand's primary industries.

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      Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre

      The Centre focuses on animal welfare in a diverse range of human-animal interactions. This includes the use of animals in research, teaching and testing, on farms, in the home, for sport, recreation and entertainment, in service roles, in zoos and the wild, and in other arenas.

      Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre

      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


      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

      Wildbase research centre

      Research at Wildbase promotes collaborative investigation of wildlife in support of the welfare and conservation of New Zealand native fauna. Our research expertise covers a wide range of wildlife issues.

      Wildbase research centre

      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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