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Associate Professor Naomi Cogger

Associate Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology

School of Veterinary Science

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of the Centre for Service and Working Dog Health

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 350 5553
    Location: Wool Building
    Campus: Palmerston North

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I began my research career applying epidemiology to the understanding risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses. From 2008 and 2010 I was the principal investigator on a Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry funded project to investigate the effectiveness of vaccination for the control of equine influenza. I have also begun working with clinicians at the Hong Kong Jockey Club on a range of health and performance issues in horses. My research portfolio has also expanded to include small animal epidemiology and biosecurity. The small animal component focuses on working and service dogs and I am a director of the Centre for Working and Service Dog Health and Welfare. My research in the area of biosecurity includes risk assessment, development of decision support tools and the design and evaluation of surveillance systems. For example, I have worked with researchers at the University of Sydney to develop methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of passive surveillance to detect exotic animal diseases. I have also collaborated with others to evaluate Great Britain's Trichinella surveillance and design a new surveillance system. More recently I have applied my skills in risk analysis and surveillance of animal diseases to plant pests.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Production (070200): Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens) (070205): Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) (070603): Horticultural Production (070600): Humane Animal Treatment (070207): Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 18
Team Member 0 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: Indicators of good welfare in horse.

To develop a list of validated indicators for the Equine Code of Welfare for use by owners and handlers to assess the affective welfare of their horses.
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Date Range: 2011 - 2014

Funding Body: Use MPI -- Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology
  • 118.786 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
  • 227.325 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science IV

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 3
Co-supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Anita Shea - Doctor of Philosophy
    Neurophobia in the veterinary profession
  • Katja Isaksen - Doctor of Philosophy
    What makes a working farm dog excellent?
  • Eloise Jillings - Doctor of Philosophy
    Non-academic criteria in veterinary student selection

Co-supervisor of:

  • Hilary Webb - Doctor of Philosophy
    The training and management of FEI level endurance horses in New Zealand
  • Rachael Stratton - Doctor of Philosophy
    Positive emotions in animals using the horse as a model

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Karyn Froud - Doctor of Philosophy
    Kiwifruit bacterial canker in ‘Hayward’ kiwifruit: The application of observational study design and epidemiological techniques to the study of disease outbreaks affecting plant health
  • 2016 - Eutteum Kim - Doctor of Philosophy
    Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) for control of transboundary livestock diseases using the example of the 2010/11 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the Republic of Korea
  • 2012 - Sarah Rosanowski - Doctor of Philosophy
    Epidemiological Investigations of the New Zealand Horse Population & the Control of Equine Influenza

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Masako Wada - Doctor of Philosophy
    Enhancing an Evidence-Based Decision Making System for Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Media and Links


  • 30 Nov 2017 - Magazine
    Straight Farrow Story
    Research project monitoring working farm dogs was reported in Australian agricultural publication Straight Farrow. The story noted the importance of the research to understanding the demands placed on
  • 19 Feb 2017 - Newspaper, Online
    The real tale of a dogs life to feature 150...
    The real tale of a dogs life to feature 150 Kiwi farm dogs in groundbreaking study. Article in Sunday Star Times.
  • 02 Feb 2017 - Television
    What is man's best friend thinking?
    On TV One News. Coverage of working dog project.

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