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Affiliated personnel

AWSBC team members - prinicipals

Foundation director
Deputy director
Technical director

AWSBC team members

Academic staff
Technical staff

AWSBC associates

AWSBC Associates are individuals who contribute to Centre activities through collaborative projects in areas of mutual interest. There are two categories of associates. AgResearch Associates are staff members of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre of AgResearch (Hamilton) who have adjunct appointments to the AWSBC, and Associates are others who usually have affiliations outside Massey University in New Zealand or in other countries.

AgResearch Associates


AWSBC team members - principals


Prof Craig B Johnson, BVSc, PhD, DVA, DipECVA, MRCA, MRCVS

Email: C.B.Johnson@massey.ac.nz

  • Anaesthetic and analgesic mechanisms
  • Clinical electrophysiology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Developmental and comparative neurobiology
  • Pain perception and control
  • Veterinary anaesthesia

Prof Kevin J Stafford, MVB, MSc, PhD, FRCVS, MACVSc, FANZCVS

Email: K.J.Stafford@massey.ac.nz

  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare science
  • Canine welfare
  • Companion animal behaviour problems
  • Livestock health and production
  • Pain assessment and management

Foundation director

Prof David J. Mellor, BSc(Hons), PhD, HonAssocRCVS, ONZM

Email: D.J.Mellor@massey.ac.nz

  • New conceptual frameworks in animal welfare science thinking and management
  • Assessment and alleviation of pain and distress
  • Fetal and newborn welfare
  • Developmental neurobiology and pain perception
  • Bioethical and science-ethics interface analysis
  • “Three Rs” developments in research, teaching and testing
  • Regulatory management of animal welfare

Deputy director

Dr Ngaio J Beausoleil, BSc, PGCert(Sci), PhD

Email: N.J.Beausoleil@massey.ac.nz

  • Animal behaviour, temperament and personality
  • Behavioural and physiological assessment of animal welfare
  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Human-animal and predator-prey interactions
  • Farm animal behaviour and welfare
  • Wildlife identification marking and welfare
  • Humane killing methods

Technical director

R Neil Ward, NZCS (Biol) BSc

Email: R.N.Ward@massey.ac.nz

  • Technical innovations for animal welfare and behavioural science projects
  • Computer-aided learning developments
  • Electronic alternatives to animal use in teaching

AWSBC team members

Academic staff

Associate Professor J Paul Chambers BVSc, PhD, DVA, MRCA, MRCVS

Email: J.P.Chambers@massey.ac.nz

  • Animal welfare
  • Analgesic drugs
  • Neuropharmacology and neurophysiology
  • Veterinary anaesthesia

Dr Kavitha Kongara BVSc, Cert. ECFVG-AVMA, MVSc, PhD

Email: K.Kongara@massey.ac.nz

  • Different methods of pain assessment in animals
  • Novel strategies for managing pain in animals
  • Analgesic pharmacology and physiology
  • Analgesic effects on renal function

Dr Preet M Singh BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Email: P.M.Singh@massey.ac.nz

  • Pharmacology of analgesic drugs
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Comparative anatomy

Rachael Stratton BVSc, MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Email: R.B.Stratton@massey.ac.nz

  • Veterinary clinical animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare science
  • Animal welfare and emergency management

Dr Alana Boulton BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Email: A.Boulton@massey.ac.nz

  • Agricultural economics
  • Animal welfare science
  • Dairy cattle welfare and production
  • Veterinary epidemiology


Technical staff

Allan Nutman BSc

Email: A.N.Nutman@Massey.ac.nz

  • Technical Officer
  • Comparative veterinary anatomy
  • Innovative anatomical display

Anthony Jacob BSc, DipSc

Email: A.Jacob@massey.ac.nz

  • Technician
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Comparative physiology and anatomy

Jeyamohan Ponnampalam BSc, MSc

Email: J.Ponnampalam@massey.ac.nz

  • Technician
  • Anatomy and physiology

Erin Willson BVetTech, MSc

Email: E.K.Willson@massey.ac.nz

  • Technician
  • Animal welfare science
  • Veterinary anaesthesia


AWSBC team members - associates

AgResearch Associates

Adjunct Associate Professor Jim Webster BAgrSci, MAgrSci(Hons), PhD

Team Leader, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre, AgResearch, Hamilton

Email: jim.webster@agresearch.co.nz

  • Animal welfare science
  • Animal physiology
  • Animal ethics
  • Animal welfare standards
  • Agricultural science


Adjunct Senior Lecturer Dr Cheryl O’Connor BAgrSci(Hons), PhD

Senior Scientist, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre, AgResearch, Hamilton

Email: Cheryl.O’Connor@agresearch.co.nz

  • Farm animal behaviour and welfare
  • Maternal behaviour
  • Animal welfare assessment
  • Humane pest management strategies
  • Welfare standards


Adjunct Senior Lecturer Dr Karin Schütz MSc, PhD

Senior Scientist, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre, AgResearch, Hamilton

Email: Karin.Schutz@agresearch.co.nz

  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Heat stress (cattle)
  • Cow comfort
  • Stress, behaviour and productivity of farmed deer


Adjunct Senior Lecturer Dr Mhairi Sutherland BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Scientist, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre, AgResearch, Hamilton

Email: Mhairi.Sutherland@agresearch.co.nz

  • Farm animal behaviour and welfare
  • Assessment of pain mitigation strategies
  • Alternative methods of euthanasia
  • Automated measures of pain and stress


Adjunct Lecturer Dr Caroline Chylinski, BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Animal Health, Hopkirk Research Institute, AgResearch, Palmerston North

Email: Caroline.Chylinski@agresearch.co.nz

  • Livestock health and welfare
  • Livestock disease and production


Adjunct Lecturer Dr Gosia Zobel MSc, PhD

Scientist, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre, AgResearch, Hamilton

Email: Gosia.Zobel@agresearch.co.nz

  • Farm animal welfare and behaviour
  • Dairy goat management and housing
  • End of lactation and calving management of dairy cows
  • Feeding behaviour of goats, dairy cows and beef cows


Nicolas P de Graaff, BSc

Accreditation Manager – Zoo and Aquarium Association, Sydney, Australia

 Email: nick@zooaquarium.org.au

  • Captive wildlife husbandry and management
  • Exhibit animals facility planning, design and regulatory compliance
  • Standards and guidelines development
  • Animal welfare assessment and accreditation

Professor Roger G Lentle BSc, MBBS, PhD, LRCP, MRCS

Professor of Digestive Biomechanics, School of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, College of Health, Massey University


  • Biomechanics and function of excitable tissues
  • Developmental marsupial biology
  • Neurobiological assessment and interpretation

Dr Emily G Patterson-Kane BSocSc, MSocSc(Hons), PhD

Animal Welfare Scientist, American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois, USA

Email: rattitude@gmail.com

  • Environmental enrichment
  • Husbandry of laboratory animals
  • Operant animal behaviour
  • The human psychology of animal care and use

Dr John C Schofield BVSc, MRCVS, DipACLAM

Laboratory Animal Welfare Consultant, Dunedin, New Zealand

Email: johnawo@xtra.co.nz

  • Training programmes for animal-based biomedical researchers
  • Design and conduct of animal based biomedical research studies
  • Laboratory animal facility design and construction
  • Laboratory animal management, medicine and surgery
  • Rodent disease surveillance and monitoring programmes

Bruce Warburton BSc, DipSc, MSc

Wildlife Ecology Management Team, Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research, Lincoln, NZ

Email: WarburtonB@landcareresearch.co.nz

  • Welfare impacts of vertebrate pest control tools
  • National and international pest control welfare standards
  • Vertebrate pest control ethics
  • Regulatory management of wildlife welfare
  • Decision support systems for improved pest control

Dr Virginia M Williams BVSc, MANZVSc, DipProfEthics

Animal Welfare and Veterinary Ethics Consultant, North Canterbury, NZ

Email: vwilliams@xtra.co.nz

  • Animal welfare promotion
  • Ethics and welfare of animals in research, testing and teaching
  • Regulatory management of animal welfare
  • Veterinary professional ethics
  • Veterinary and public attitudes to animal welfare issues

Qualifications Key

AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
BA(Hons) Bachelor of Arts with Honours
BAgrSci Bachelor of Agricultural Science
BAgrSci Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours
BSc     Bachelor of Science
BSc(Hons)  Bachelor of Science with Honours
BSocSc Bachelor of Social Sciences
BVSc    Bachelor of Veterinary Science
CertVN Certificate of Veterinary Nursing
DipACLAM  Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
DipArts Diploma in Arts
DipECVA  Diploma of the European College of Anaesthetists
DipProfEthics Diploma in Professional Ethics
DipSc Diploma in Science
DVA   Diploma of Veterinary Anaesthesia
ECFVG Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates
FANZVS Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists
FRCVS Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
HonAssocRCVS Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
LLB Bachelor of Laws
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MACVSc Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
MAgriSci (Hons) Masters of Agricultural Science with Honours
MRCA Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
MRCVS Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
MRes Masters by Research
MSc Master of Science
MSocSc (Hons) Master of Social Sciences with Honours
MVB Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
MVSc Master of Veterinary Science
NZCS(Biol) New Zealand Certificate in Science, Biology Major
ONZM Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
PGCertSc Postgraduate Certificate in Science
PhD Doctor of Philosophy