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Master of Veterinary Medicine programme lecturers

Advanced Mastitis Management for the Production Animal Veterinarian 118.775

Andrew Biggs BVSc FRCVS

  • Qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School UK in 1981 and is a partner in a 20 vet mixed practice in Devon, UK.
  • Runs a commercial laboratory which processes milk and bedding samples and is involved in trial work and pharmaceutical company funded practice mastitis support schemes.
  • Has experience of teaching, examining and mastitis consultancy ranging from under- to postgraduate veterinarians and farmer to pharmaceutical company.

Avian Medicine 118.758

Brett Gartrell Brett Gartrell BVSc PhD MANZCVS (Avian Health)

  • Brett is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health and has more than 15 years of clinical experience in the care of captive and wild birds and reptiles.
  • He heads the the avian and wildlife clinic at Wildbase, Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He teaches at under- and postgraduate levels.
  • Provides diagnostic services and husbandry advice to the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine 118.761

Sarah Haldane BVSc,BAnSc, MANZCVS, MVSc, Dip ACVECC

  • Sarah has worked in emergency and critical care referral practice since 1998, both in private practice and university hospitals. She completed her ECC residency at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University in 2005 and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  • She has been President of the Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care chapter of the ANZCVSc as well as an examiner for membership examinations for the college. She has been a regular national and international speaker on emergency and critical care topics.
  • Her clinical interests include pain recognition and management, transfusion medicine, clinical pharmacology, toxicology and veterinary education.

Canine and Feline Oncology 118.753


  • Peter holds specialist qualifications in small animal medicine in both Australia and the USA as well as additional specialist qualifications in Oncology.
  • Currently Clinical Specialist in oncology and small animal medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney University. Is an experienced distance educator and examiner with a wealth of clinical experience from which he can draw.
  • Is an experienced distance educator and examiner with a wealth of clinical experience from which he can draw.

Calf Medicine, Health and Management 118.772


  • Christie graduated with a BVSc from Massey University in 2011 and began work with the Farm Services Department in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She completed an internship in Ruminant Health and Reproduction at North Carolina State University followed by a residency and boards in Large Animal Internal Medicine with an emphasis on livestock from the University of California Davis in 2016.
  • Her special interests include intensive care and the management of pregnancy toxaemia and urolithiasis in small ruminants, as well as management of infectious disease of neonatal ruminants.
  • Christie is a Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health
    at Massey University.

Canine and Feline Gastroenterology 118.751

Craig Ruaux Craig Ruaux BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS PhD DACVIM (SAIM)

  • A 1992 University of Queensland graduate. Craig spent time in mixed and then small animal practice in Australia and the UK. He then transitioned to a PhD and became a research scientist at the GI Laboratory at Texas A&M University.
  • Craig completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at Oregon State University and joined the Small Animal Medicine faculty before moving to New Zealand and Massey University in 2017.
  • Craig’s research interests lie in minimally invasive testing for gastrointestinal and pancreatic diseases, vitamin and mineral deficiency states in these diseases, and the role of the neuroendocrine system of the GI tract in gastrointestinal disease.
  • Craig is now the Clinical Director, UVTHS Camperdown at
    The University of Sydney.

Cardiorespiratory Medicine for Small Animal Veterinarians

Jacqui Huxley Jacqui Huxley BVSc, DVC, MRCVS

  • Jacqui is a veterinarian with seven years’ experience in mixed practice and nearly a decade in veterinary cardiology, who graduated from the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2003
  • In Nottingham, she ran an independent referral practice called Apex Cardiology offering ambulatory (or mobile) cardiology services. Prior to that, she worked at a hospital in Derby called Pride Veterinary Centre, and was a resident in cardiology at the University of Nottingham.
  • Jacqui is a specialist in Apex Cardiology and has been awarded RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology.

Clinical Pathology in Small Animal Practice 118.755

Mary Anna Thrall BA DVM MS DipACVP

  • Spent 32 years teaching clinical pathology at Colorado State University.
  • Is now based at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. Mary Anna received the 2012 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis.
  • Is lead author for the textbook “Veterinary Haematology and Clinical Chemistry”.

Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians 118.754

Donald Thrall Donald E. Thrall, DVM, PhD

  • An experienced teacher, his academic career has included faculty positions at several American universities. He is currently Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and is involved with teleradiology quality control at IDEXX Telemedicine.
  • Has board certification in both diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology from the American College of Veterinary Radiology, and has served as President of the College in both capacities.
  • Currently, his primary imaging interests are CT and MRI.

Canine and Feline Endocrinology 118.752

Kate Hill Kate Hill BVSc MANZCVS DipACVIM PhD

  • Kate’s interest in endocrinology began in private practice,  and she went on to study small animal medicine at Purdue University and has published research papers, book chapters and continuing education articles.
  • Kate is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), and is also a registered veterinary specialist with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council.
  • Kate completed her PhD on Transdermal methimazole in cats in 2015. An experienced distance educator she has been involved with continuing education for Veterinarians in New Zealand since 2006
    Kate is Director of the Master of Veterinary Medicine programme. She continues to research in veterinary science and education.

Dermatology for Small Animal Veterinarians 118.762

Amanda Burrows Amanda Burrows BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS (dermatology)

  • Is an experienced teacher and lecturer at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
    Is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Dermatology in 1998.
  • Currently works as the Director of the Animal Dermatology Clinic –Perth and as an Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine (Dermatology) at Murdoch University.
  • Mandy is the current past-President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Mandy is the Australian and New Zealand representative and Secretary of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology.

Advances in Ruminant Nutrition for Veterinarians 118.771

Ian J. Lean BVSc (Syd), DVSc (Syd), PhD (Calif), MANZCVS

  • A Sydney graduate Ian has worked in practice and academia at Universities of California and Sydney. Ian completed his PhD with majors in Nutrition and Epidemiology.
  • Past president of the Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians and the Cattle Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and is a registered specialist in Medicine and Management of Cattle.
  • Currently managing director of SBScibus providing integrated advisory services to dairy, beef and sheep properties. With 250 published articles in 2009 he was awarded the Gilruth Prize (Australian Veterinary profession’s highest honour) and in 2010 the Australian Dairy Science Award and recently the prestigious American Feed Industry Award for excellence in publication over the past 10 years.

Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility 118.777

Erica Gee Erica Gee BVSc PhD Dip. ACT FHEA MANZCVS 

  • Erica completed her veterinary degree and PhD at Massey University and is Associate Professor in PreClinical & Equine Vet Science.
  • Completed a 2 year residency at Colorado State University in the Equine Reproduction Laboratory.
  • A Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology, Erica is a registered specialist in Equine Reproduction in New Zealand.

Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility 118.777

Jimena Yapura Jimena Yapura DVM MSc PhD

  • Jimena is a lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology. She completed her veterinary medicine degree in Argentina and obtained her MSc and PhD in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • During her graduate program she focused on the development of oestrogen-free approaches for the control of oestrous cycle in cattle.
  • Apart from bovine reproduction, Jimena’s interests include comparative reproductive biology and multiple ovulation and embryo transfer programs in different species.

Canine and Feline Neurology 118.756

Chris Thomson Chris Thomson BVSc(Hons) PhD DACVIM(Neurol) DipECVN

  • After graduating from Melbourne University veterinary school in 1983, Chris went into small animal practice and followed that with a residency in clinical neurology and neurosurgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by a PhD in myelin biology at Glasgow University.
  • Since then (1992) she has been working in academia (Melbourne, Glasgow, Massey Universities and University of Alaska Fairbanks) teaching clinical neuroanatomy, and clinical neurology. Chris' research interests have been in the field of myelin biology, neurobiology and neural cell culture.
  • Currently an adjunct associate professor in neurology for Massey University. In January 2020, she moved to private referral practice in Brisbane, Australia

Canine and Feline Neurology 118.756

Chris Mariani Chris Mariani DVM PhD DACVIM(Neurology)

  • Graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996.
  • Following a small animal internship and a year in general, the practice completed a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery and undertook a PhD focused on immunotherapy for malignant gliomas.
  • Since 2007 he has been at North Carolina State University, where he is currently Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and divides his time between a busy referral hospital and his research lab. Research interests include brain tumor diagnosis and therapy, inflammatory CNS disease, epilepsy and peripheral neuropathy.

Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice 118.759

Mark Billson Mark Billson BVSc PhD DVOphthal DipVetClinStud MANZCVS MRCVS

  • Graduated from Sydney, gained a Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies and a passion for Ophthalmology leading to a PhD, residency position and academic position at Glasgow.
  • Returned to Sydney in 2002 where he gained specialist recognition and now works at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital with 3 other specialist ophthalmologists as well as training residents.
  • Enjoys family life and a round of golf when he can fit it in!

Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice 118.759

Kellam Bayley Kellam Bayley BVSc MVSc CertVOphthal Dip ECVO

  • Kellam completed his BVSc at Massey University in 2006, the MVM Ophthalmology paper in 2007 and most recently an MVSc in 2016.
  • He attained his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011 and has recently passed my board examinations with the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
  • Kellam is based in a clinic in the Wellington region.

Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery 118.763

Wendy Baltzer Wendy Baltzer DVM PhD  Diplomate ACVS Diplomate ACVSMR

  • Wendy graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994, completed an internship at Cornell and spent four years in emergency practice before specializing in small animal surgery. She completed her PhD in veterinary physiology as well as a residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University. After a spell on the faculty at Massey University she is now Unit Head Small Animal Surgery, at Sydney University.
  • Wendy has a special interest in bone, ligament and tendon healing as well as sporting and working dog medicine and rehabilitation of small animals. She holds Certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. In 2013 she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation - canine specialty.
  • Wendy’s role includes surgical teaching, performance of small animal surgery and development of the sports medicine and rehabilitation service.

Lameness Investigation and Control for Cattle Veterinarians 118.776

Richard Laven Richard Laven BVetMed PhD Lond FRCVS

  • Graduated from RVC London, spent a year as a farm animal intern before going into mixed mainly large animal practice in rural UK. He returned to London as Resident in Farm Animal Medicine and Pathology, and completed a PhD.
  • Joined ADAS Bridgets where he undertook research into all aspects of dairy cattle lameness, particularly the treatment and control of digital dermatitis, and the aetiology and pathogenesis of claw horn disease.
  • Spent time in Scotland as a disease surveillance centre manager and veterinary consultant for the Scottish Agricultural College before moving to New Zealand to join Massey University, where he is now Professor in production animal medicine.
    Richard’s research interests include all aspects of cattle health and welfare. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 32 of these are on lameness.

Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology 118.785 / Applied Epidemiology 118.786

Naomi Cogger Naomi Cogger BSc(Hons) PhD

  • Associate Professor Naomi Cogger is the Director of Massey University's EpiCentre, an internationally recognised centre for excellence in epidemiology which attracts students from around the world. The Centre's contribution to epidemiology was recognised in 2013 when the Centre was awarded World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) collaborating centre status in the area of epidemiology and veterinary public health.
  • She enjoys teaching both online and face-to-face and is passionate about giving people the skills necessary for lifelong learning.
  • Her research has given her a good understanding of the role of epidemiology in both clinical and policy setting. She has also conducted projects funded by New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and UK Food Standards Agency.

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