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Prof David Mellor


Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Roles and Responsibilities

Full-time scholar, research, academic and consultant in my areas of expertise

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Contact details

  • Ph: 06 356 9099 Extension 84024; Mobile 021 390 855
    Location: 6.21, Veterinary Science Tower, IVABS
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Animal welfare science, regulation and management

Applied physiology


Fetal and neonatal physiology and welfare


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Animal Physiology - Systems (060603): Biological Sciences (060000): Physiology (060600)


Applied Physiology, Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics.

Scientific bases of codes of animal welfare.

Animal welfare definition, methodology, research and management.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 10
Team Member 0 5

Completed Projects

Project Title: Future foods - a new capability for New Zealand's leading industry

Date Range: 2007 - 2012

Funding Bodies: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology; Heinz Wattie's Ltd; Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited; Meat Biologics Research Ltd; Independent Fisheries Ltd

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Mellor, DJ., & Littlewood, K. (2017). Witness for the prosecution. Vet Script. August
[Journal article]Authored by: Mellor, D.
Bear, R., & Mellor, DJ. (2017). Kangaroo mother care1: alleviation of physiological problems in premature infants. the journal of perinatal education. 26(3), 117-124
[Journal article]Authored by: Mellor, D.


Mellor, DJ. (2017). Contrasting 'gold standard' and incremental improvement' approaches to animal welfare change management. In S. Mullan, & A. Fawcett (Eds.) Veterinary ethics: Navigating tough cases. (pp. 116 - 121). Sheffiel, UK: 5m publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Mellor, D.Contributed to by: Mellor, D.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 4
CoSupervisor 0 5

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2010 - Tamara Johanna Diesch - PhD
    Neurological development and the potential for conscious perception after birth: Comparison between species and implications for animal welfare
  • 2004 - Ms Kate Elizabeth Littin - PhD
  • 2002 - Ms Maureen Elizabeth Wichtel - PhD
    Studies on the Control of Exocrine Pancreatic Secretion in the Dog.
  • 1995 - Dr Steven Merritt Fox - PhD
    Pain-Induced Distress and Its Alleviation Using Butorphanol After Ovariohysterectony Of Bitches

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2012 - Amanda Elizabeth McIlhone - PhD
    Some characteristics of brain electrical activity in the domestic chicken
  • 2009 - Troy John Gibson - PhD
    Electroencephalographic responses of calves to the noxious sensory input of slaughter by ventral neck incision and its modulation with non-penetrative captive bolt stunning
  • 2006 - Ms Ngaio Jessica Beausoleil - PhD
    The behavioural and physiological responses of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) to the presence of humans and dogs
  • 1994 - Mrs Dairu Shu - PhD
    Effects of #Yersinia# #enterocolitica# infection on the development of the small intestine in newborn piglets
  • 1994 - Ms Prapaporn Tungthanathanich - PhD

Media and Links


  • 28 Aug 2016 - Online
    Its Calving Time
    A blog by Glenda Lewis, Winston Churchill fellow. it includes reference to detailed interviews she had with Professor David Mellor.
  • 25 Aug 2016 - Video, Online
    WAZA: Caring for Wildlife
    WAZA Animal Welfare Strategy: Caring for Wildlife. D J Mellor talking to camera using a script he wrote. WAZA DVD promotional video, Gland, Switzerland.
  • 23 Jun 2017 - Newspaper
    On “Equine Welfare during Exercise: An evaluation
    London, UK (Weltexpress). This scholarly article is categorized as a review but is also an original work that synthesizes and advances understanding. By basing it on a framework recognized in human me
  • 18 Aug 2016 - Other, Community Service
    A Life Worth Living with Dr David Mellor
    Interview by Luna Allison, Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare
  • 16 Jan 2017 - Online, Newspaper
    Researching animal welfare
    Article with Jill Galloway in the Central District Farmer, Central North Island, General News pp 22-26.
  • 14 Dec 2015 - Newspaper, Online
    Going cruelty free
    Contributory Interview to "Going cruelty free', Bruce Monroe, Otago Daily Times, 14 December 2015.
  • 13 Dec 2016 - Online
    Animal Welfare academic honoured
    Article honouring David's career in animal welfare. Fuseworks Media.
  • 09 Dec 2015 - Radio
    Would you eat and Alien?
    Contributory interview to a BBC Radio 4 Science Series addressing the question, “Would You Eat and Alien?” Programmes broadcast on 9, 16, 23 and 30 December 2015 – D.J. Mellor contributed to the broad
  • 08 Dec 2015 - Online, Newspaper
    Banning calf removal would spell end to dairy indu
    Contributory interview to “Banning calf removal would spell end to dairy industry”, Gerald Piddock, Waikato Times, 8 December 2015,
  • 07 Jul 2016 - Online, Newspaper
    Beluga Whales suffer deeply at the Vancouver Aquar
    Beluga Whales suffer deeply at the Vancouver Aquarium, experts agree. In the Huffington Post.
  • 06 Jan 2017 - Online
    Massey prof recognised for animal welfare work ove
    Massey prof recognised for animal welfare work over 29 years. NZ Farmer, with Jill Galloway.
  • 04 Dec 2015 - Newspaper
    Banning calf removal would spell end to dairy indu
    Contributory interview to “Banning calf removal would spell end to dairy industry”, Gerald Piddock, Waikato Times, 4 December 2015,
  • 03 Nov 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    New videos-shocks denounce the culling of cows wit
    Article in Le Monde newspaper (French newspaper), quoted by reporter Audrey Garric.
  • 03 Nov 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    De nouvelles vidéos-chocs dénoncent l’abattage de
    Interview with Journalist Audrey Garric of the Planete - French newspaper
  • 03 Jul 2016 - Magazine, Online
    Captive Whales suffer deeply suffer psychologicall
    Captive Whales deeply suffer psychologically, experts agree: Detailed research shows they are stressed, bored, unhappy, and go mad. In Psychology Today.
  • 02 Nov 2016 - Radio
    Call to update animal welfare codes after neurosci
    Call to update animal welfare codes after neuroscience proves animals experience a range of emotions.With Serina Locke, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Rural.
  • 02 Nov 2016 - Radio
    Thinking animal welfare in terms of animal emotion
    NSW Country Hour radio broadcast (starts at 46 min 30 sec). with Serina Locke, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Rural.
  • 02 Jul 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    Vancouver Aquarium's belugas showing key signs of.
    Vancouver Aquarium's belugas showing key signs of stress, boredom, experts say.
  • 02 Dec 2015 - Online
    Banning calf removal
    Contributory Interview to "Banning calf removal would spell end to dairy industry', Gerald Piddock, The Press, Christchurch, 2 December 2015.
  • 01 Feb 2016 - Online, Other
    Accentuating the Positive
    Article on the WAZA Animal Welfare Strategy and the central role of the Five Domains Model in assessing and promoting positive animal welfare states. Anne Fawcett, The Veterinarian.pp 11-12.

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