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The companion animal and wildlife research teams are based at Massey University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Wildbase Facility. They undertake and lead research across New Zealand and internationally with relevant groups.
We focus on the health, wellbeing and conservation of New Zealand’s native birds, reptiles and marine mammals. As well as having a research focus, the teams provide a national focal point for training future scientists, veterinarians, nutritionists and conservationists through teaching from the undergraduate to postgraduate levels.
The facilities at Massey University allow for research into companion animal health, nutrition, reproduction, behaviour and welfare, and advances in surgery.
A core area of research is nutritional evaluation, development and optimisation of pet foods with the aim of improving the health and well-being of companion animals.
The Working Dog Centre, unique in New Zealand, seeks to improve the health and working life of New Zealand working and service dogs by undertaking cutting-edge scientific investigations.
The Massey Equine Research Centre undertakes scientific research into health and production problems that limit horse breeding, rearing and performance.
New Zealand's only dedicated wildlife hospital is Wildbase, attached to Massey University’s veterinary school. We focus on four areas of wildlife health: hospital, oil response, research and pathology.
Examples of projects from companion animal and wildlife researchers at Massey University.
Research from members of Massey University’s Wildbase Oil Response Team has shown oiled birds that are rehabilitated are able to return to normal behaviours after an oil spill – findings which, the researchers say, justifies the costs of oiled wildlife response worldwide.
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Last updated on Thursday 18 January 2018