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Prof Richard Laven

Professor - Production Animal Health and Welfare

School of Veterinary Science


Contact details

  • Ph: 06 350 5328
  • Location: 1.08, Massey Equine and Farm Services
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Lameness, mastitis, fertility, dairy cattle health and welfare; mineral nutrition


Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100): Animal Breeding (070201): Animal Growth and Development (070202): Animal Management (070203): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200): Animal Reproduction (070206): Humane Animal Treatment (070207): Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)


Farm animal production, health and welfare, particularly dairy cattle and goats

Specific research interests:

Lameness, mastitis, fertility, trace element nutrition, clinical pathology and diagnosis

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 17
Team Member 0 2

Research Outputs

Consultancy and Languages


  • French
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Average
  • English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 5 5
Co-supervisor 2 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Winston Mason - Doctor of Philosophy
    Lameness in dairy cattle in New Zealand
  • Sujan Sapkota - Doctor of Philosophy
    Assessment of Welfare of cattle in New Zealand and Nepal
  • Shashi Ekanayake Jasinge - Doctor of Philosophy
    Lameness, reproduction and productivity on dairy farms in Sri Lanka and New Zealand
  • Chacha Werema - Doctor of Philosophy
    Detection and management of lameness in Tanzania and New Zealand
  • Yolande Baby Kaurivi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effect of animal welfare quality on the reproduction performance of extensive beef cows in New Zealand and Namibia

Co-supervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Danchen Yang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Epidemiological studies of bovine digital dermatitis in pasture-based dairy system in New Zealand
  • 2019 - Emma Cuttance - Doctor of Philosophy
    Mortality and failure of passive transfer of immunity in New Zealand dairy calves
  • 2019 - Omar Cristobal Carballo - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Effect of Early Life Nutrition on Rumen Microbial Community Development and Impact on Lifetime Performance in Ruminants
  • 2014 - Santosh Sahu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Improving the Response to Synchronisation Programmes of Dairy Cattle
  • 2013 - Folusho Adeyinka - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Development of the Bovine Placentome and Associated Structures During Gestation

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Linda Laven - Doctor of Philosophy
    Anatomical studies of claw conformation in New Zealand dairy cattle
  • 2012 - Louise Lethbridge - Doctor of Philosophy
    Lameness of dairy cattle: Factors affecting the mechanical properties, haemorrhage levels, growth and wear rates of bovine claw horn

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