Master of Veterinary Medicine programme lecturers

Advanced Mastitis Management for the Production Animal Veterinarian 118.775 

Andrew Biggs BVSc MRCVS

  • 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.

Andrew Biggs

Avian Medicine 118.758

Brett Gartrell BVSc PhD MANZCVS (Avian Health)

  • 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.

  • Runs the avian and wildlife clinic at Wildbase, Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He teaches at under- and post-graduate levels.

  • Provides diagnostic services and husbandry advice to the New Zealand Department of Conservation

Brett Gartrell

Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine 118.761

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

  • Graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Veterinary Degree and  Bachelor of Animal Science.

  • Spent 10 months in mixed practice, moving into emergency medicine in private practice, then completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Illinois.

  • Acted as a senior lecturer in ECC at the University of Melbourne

  • Currently working as a consultant in ECC and has just finished a Master’s degree in veterinary education.

Canine and Feline Oncology 118.753

Peter Bennett BVSc DipACVIM (small animal internal medicine) DipACVIM (oncology) FACVSc (canine medicine)

  • 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 Balcomb BVSc, DACVIM (LAIM)

  • 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 now based on the island of Maui in Hawaii in mixed animal practice.  

Canine and Feline Gastroenterology 118.751


  • 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 a  past-President of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society, a group that aims to promote evidence-based approaches to veterinary gastroenterology. 

Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery 118.764

Richard Jerram BVSc, DACVS, Registered Specialist, Small Animal Surgery

  • Richard graduated from Massey University and initially went into general practice in the Waikato. During this time he developed a special interest in surgery of dogs and cats and in 1995 moved to a rotating internship followed by a residency in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA.

  • He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery in 2000 and is now a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in New Zealand working in specialist referral practice in Auckland.

  • His special interest lies in diseases and surgery of the nervous system (particularly surgery of the brain and spine), oncologic surgery and wound surgery.

  • Richard regularly lectures to veterinarians and has published numerous articles on surgical topics in veterinary journals. 

Cardiorespiratory Medicine for Small Animal Veterinarians 118.757

Gil Jacobs DVM DipACVIM(cardiology)

  • Graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. Since then he has had extensive academic and practical experience in veterinary science.

  • Has Board Certification in Cardiology and was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Georgia from 1984 to 2000.

  • Started his own specialty practice in 2000, primarily cardiology and selected areas of internal medicine, in Athens, Georgia.

Jacqui Huxley BVSc, DVC, MRCVS

  • Jacqui is a veterinarian with seven years’ experience in mixed practice and nearly a decade in veterinary cardiology.

  • 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.

Gil Jacobs

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 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’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 BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS (dermatology)

  • Is an experienced teacher and lecturer at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • Has completed residency training in two disciplines; pathology and internal medicine and dermatology, and became 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 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 and the President of the World Congress in Veterinary Dermatology, 2020 to be held in Sydney. She is also a current co-editor of the international Veterinary Dermatology journal.

Mandy Burrows

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. He is active in both the science and application of nutritional strategies to improve the well being of ruminant livestock and producers.


Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility 118.777

Erica Gee BVSc PhD Dip. ACT

  • Erica completed her veterinary degree and PhD at Massey University and is now Senior Lecturer in Equine 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.

Erica Gee

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.

  Jimena Japura

Canine and Feline Neurology 118.756

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

  • Graduated from Melbourne in 1983 and entered small animal practice. Completed a residency in clinical neurology and neurosurgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and undertook a PhD in myelin biology at Glasgow University.

  • Since then she has worked in academia (Melbourne, Glasgow, and Massey Universities) teaching general anatomy, neuroanatomy, and clinical neurology. She was the Academic Director for Continuing Professional Development for the New Zealand Veterinary Association (2012-2015). Her current position is as an Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine, teaching neurobiology/neurology at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; she is also an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University Veterinary School.

  • Research interests included myelin biology, neurobiology and neural cell culture and she was previously Academic Director for Continuing Professional Development for the New Zealand Veterinary Association.

Chris Thomson

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 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 in private referral practice delivering an ophthalmology service and training a resident.
  • Enjoys family life and a round of golf when he can fit it in!


Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery 118.763

Wendy Baltzer DVM PhD  Diplomate ACVS Diplomate ACVSMR

  • Graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994, followed by an internship at Cornell and four years in emergency practice before deciding to specialise in small animal surgery. Following specialisation Wendy was on staff at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Has an interest in sporting and working dog medicine as well as rehabilitation of small animals. Holds Certification for Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation- canine specialty.
  • Currently, Associate Professor of small animal surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Wendy’s role includes surgical teaching, clinical work and development of the sports medicine and rehabilitation service.
  • Research interests include oxidant stress and injury in sporting dogs, bone healing using omental grafting, tendon and ligament injury and healing in dogs, osteoarthritis, and elbow collateral ligament dysfunction in elbow dysplasia.

Wendy Baltzer

Lameness Investigation and Control for Cattle Veterinarians 118.776

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.


Kristina Müller (Guest Lecturer in contact course), Dip.ECBHM, Veterinary Specialist in Cattle Management and Diseases

  • Graduated from Munich in Germany and spent 3 years completing her Doctorate in Bologna/Italy and Munich, before taking on a full-time position as a clinical veterinarian at the Clinic for Ruminants at the Centre for Clinical Veterinary Medicine in Munich.
  • During the next four years, she specialised in individual cattle lameness and orthopaedics, and completed a residency with the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM).

  • She is currently employed as a clinical veterinarian at the Farm Services team of the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University. Her special interests include all things related to cattle lameness, welfare, and surgery.

Jon Huxley (Guest Lecturer in contact course) BVetMed, DCHP, Dip.ECBHM, SFHEA, PhD, FRCVS

  • Jon Huxley was raised on the family dairy farm in North Wales and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1995. Following time in commercial farm animal practice and at Bristol Veterinary School he became a foundation staff member at the University of Nottingham’s new Veterinary School in 2006. In 2018 he moved to Massey to become Head of the School of Veterinary Science and Professor of Dairy Cow Health 

Kristina Mueller

Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology 118.785
Applied Epidemiology 118.786

Naomi Cogger BSc(Hons) PhD

  • Associate Professor Naomi Cogger is part 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.

Naomi Cogger

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