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Speakers 2018

Associate Professor Cynthia M. Otto

School of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Cynthia Otto is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, and is in NZ at the invitation of the MU Working Dog Centre.

Cindy is board-certified in both veterinary emergency and critical care and veterinary sports medicine. She has been involved in disaster medicine as a member of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team.Her work monitoring the health and behaviour of Urban Search and Rescue dogs used at the World Trade Centre following the 9/11 disaster inspired her to establish the Penn Vet Working Dog Centre. Established in 2007, the Penn Vet WDC serves as a national research and development centre for detection dogs.

 Dr Otto was the recipient of the
2018 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
and this lecture was presented in recognition of the award.


Massey University

Naomi is currently the Chair of Massey University Working Dog Centre and a researcher at the EpiCentre . She began her research career investigating injuries in racehorses at the Faculty of the Veterinary Science University of Sydney.

In 2003 Naomi moved to New Zealand and extended her studies to improving our understanding of health and performance in working farm dogs. Naomi also has a very personal interest in working dogs as she lives on working beef farm and owns working dogs. 

Associate Professor Andrew Worth 

School of Veterinary Science,
Massey University

Andrew graduated from Massey University in 1990 and has worked in both Australia, the UK and NZ as a small animal veterinarian. After completing a residency in small animal surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he became a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2006.

In 2015 he completed his PhD on hip dysplasia and lumbosacral disease in Police Dogs.He is currently an Associate Professor and Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. His current research interests include working dog orthopaedic disease, lumbosacral degeneration and biomaterials for surgery. 

Janelle Wierenga

Dr Janelle Wierenga

School of Veterinary Science,
Massey University

Janelle is a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care.  This role includes research, teaching and clinical aspects and clinical teaching.  Dr. Wierenga graduated from Michigan State University with a DVM in 2003. 

She then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois followed by a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at UC Davis, California, USA.  She became board-certified as a Diplomate/specialist in small animal emergency and critical care by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2008.

Dr. Wierenga worked for 4 years at a private speciality and referral practice in Seattle, Washington, USA before  completing an MPH at the University of Washington in 2014.  Her main research interests are Veterinary epidemiology and public health, zoonotic infectious diseases, diseases at the human-animal interface and One Health in which she is pursuing further graduate studies.  She is a member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Associate Professor Nick Cave

School of Veterinary Science,
Massey University

Nick Cave graduated from Massey University (NZ) in 1990 with a BVSc, and worked in general practice for 6 years until 1997, when he returned to Massey for a residency in small animal internal medicine, and attained membership in the Australasian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination.

He graduated with a Masters in Veterinary Science in 2000, entitled "The nutritional management of food hypersensitivity in dogs and cats: an assessment of a protein hydrolysate". In 2004 he moved to the University of California, Davis, where he attained a PhD in nutrition and immunology, with his thesis entitled "The role of estrogen in controlling food intake, and the efficacy and immunological effects of genistein as a surrogate estrogen, in cats following gonadectomy." At the same time, he completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition, and became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition by examination in 2004.

In late 2005, he returned to Massey University as senior lecturer in small animal medicine and nutrition. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, is on the editorial board for the Veterinary Quarterly and Veterinary Education International, and has authored chapters in several international veterinary textbooks. He is a founding member of the WSAVA Nutritional Guidelines Committee.

Lori Linney  

Vetlife Alexandra 

Lori has a background in mixed practice with more years’ experience than she would like to admit. She now works as a small animal vet in a mixed practice at Vetlife Alexandra in Central Otago.

She has a keen interest in orthopaedic injury and rehabilitation, and especially with NZ working dogs. Three years ago the TeamMate project was initiated and she has taken on the lead for the project.


School of Veterinary Science,
Massey University



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