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Andrew has been a dairy veterinarian for the last 28 years. Ten of those years were spent listening to Radio 4 in the UK and the last 18 tuned in to National Radio in NZ. This has resulted in a Pavlovian response to certain theme tunes and his current role as director of dairy research and cpd for Vetlife.

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Paul is a senior project manager for DairyNZ. Over the last 25 years he has worked with dairy farmers in New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom in various consulting and project management roles specialising in pasture based dairy farm systems, financial management and strategic planning. He works with many Maori dairy farming entities with a focus on governance and farm performance. Paul also facilitates farm system training events for Consultants aiming to become Certified Dairy Farm System Consultants.

Kelly holds a DVM and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) from UC Davis, a Masters in Veterinary Science in Pathology from Massey University, and is a board-certified veterinary pathologist with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Since 2013 Kelly has worked as part of MPI’s Incursion Investigation team, and has been a member of the Intelligence team as part of the Mycoplasma bovis response since it began.

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Chris has a career history in clinical veterinary practice, research, and most recently, academia. His clinical experience included work with both companion and production animals in New Zealand and the UK, increasingly focused on dairy medicine. He joined 'Cognosco' whilst in Morrinsville, where he managed research projects on a range of disorders, including heifer mastitis and subclinical ketosis, which provided practical tools for farmers and vets. He is currently awaiting examination of his PhD on "The epidemiology of culling and mortality of New Zealand dairy cows" and is Lecturer of Veterinary Epidemiology at the Massey University School of Veterinary Science.

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After graduating in 1978 Mark spent 33 years in general practice in the Rangitikei. For the past five years he has been a veterinary consultant for Bell-Booth Ltd principally involved in the research and development of their calf rearing product programme. He has also been a VPIS board member since 2007.

Rhiannon is in the third year of her PhD at Massey University. She grew up in central Auckland until she was 11 years old, before moving to a small farm in South Auckland where she found a passion for dairy cows. Rhiannon completed her Honours in Agriculture in 2014, studying the use of forage crops to increase growth rates of dairy heifer calves. Her PhD is on the effects of live weight and growth of dairy heifers on future milk production and reproductive performance. After graduating, Rhiannon wishes to travel and continue her research career with a Post-Doctoral position.

Merlyn graduated from Massey in 2003 and has spent the majority of her career in mixed practice in Invercargill - aside from a 2.5 year stint overseas. Merlyn moved to Oamaru and began working for Vetlife Oamaru in Feb 2016. She took over as the key vet for the Van Leeuwen group in May 2016.

Brendan is representing the Veterinary Business Group and presenting the results of a job-sizing project they have being carrying out.

Associate Professor Rebecca Hickson is a scientist at Massey University specialising in beef cattle production. She has a PhD in heifer calving and her research interests include all aspects of beef cattle performance and production systems, with a particular interest in dairy beef. She also has a range of projects looking at improving sheep performance through selection and breeding. Originally from a sheep and beef farm near Tolaga Bay, Rebecca has been working at Massey for the past 11 years.

Eloise is the Associate Dean - Admission and Students for the veterinary programme at Massey University. Her background and teaching area is clinical pathology, but over her time working at Massey her interest and research focus has moved to veterinary education with a particular interest in student selection and student success. As the Chairperson of the veterinary student selection committee she has been tasked with overseeing the veterinary student selection review process.

Jane is a senior scientist at DairyNZ with 25 years’ experience, studying environmental mastitis and milk quality. Over the past three years her focus has been on a programme of work to help farmers and vets prepare for changes in the way we use dry cow products. Since 2010, she has led the DairyNZ SmartSAMM programme, translating technical knowledge into practical solutions for vets and farmers. She is also Secretary of the National Mastitis Advisory Committee, which promotes communication and networking across different disciplines within the NZ dairy industry

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Scott is a Sydney veterinary graduate with postgraduate training in production medicine and with a PhD from Massey University. He is a registered specialist in bovine reproduction and holds an adjunct Professorship at Massey Veterinary School. Scott leads the research group at Cognosco, Anexa FVC which undertakes applied research and extension work. His technical fields of expertise include mastitis and fertility.

Jacqueline is a developer in the husbandry and welfare team at DairyNZ. Jac is the project lead for DairyNZ’s work on painful procedures, stocksense training for farm staff and thermal stress in dairy cows. Previously Jac led the national Body Condition Scoring Assessment Programme. She is also a dairy farmer in the Waikato, and was previously a research technician for DairyNZ. She has a Masters in immunology and body condition score.

Following graduation from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 1991 Michael practiced as a companion animal veterinarian for 10 years in Sydney, Brisbane and the United Kingdom (UK) He returned from the UK in early 2001 to complete an Honours degree in Psychology and then a PhD about training veterinarians in communication and consultation skills and the human-animal bond. During this time he continued to practice as a veterinarian and was employed as a lecturer at UQ, teaching veterinary students about communication skills and other non-technical competencies (ethics, human-animal bond, euthanasia and managing client grief, improving mental health and well-being etc.). In 2011 he travelled to Canada for a tenure track position at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) University of Guelph) researching and teaching into their Art of Veterinary Medicine program and training students at their Primary Healthcare Centre. He returned “down under” and “across the ditch” in 2015 and continues to practice as a veterinarian and holds adjunct positions at Massey University and OVC.

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Mat is a director and clinical vet based in the Oamaru branch of the Veterinary Centre Ltd, where he started as a graduate 19 years ago. Mat has a passion for improving reproductive performance in dairy cows and has been heavily involved with the InCalf program over the last 10 years. Mat leads the graduate training programs and implementation and development of seasonal consultations and campaigns in his practice.

John is the Researcher and Head of Advisory Services for Cognosco/Anexa FVC in Morrinsville. After graduating from University of Melbourne Veterinary Science in 1990, John worked in mixed dairy practice at Camperdown in SW Victoria for 21 years as firstly an associate and, later, a practice owner. From the late 1990’s, after completing a Masters program in dairy medicine and management, he spent a large portion of each year involved with various industry funded Australian national animal health programs including Countdown (mastitis and milk quality) and InCalf. John completed a PhD program in 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducting milk harvesting research with his advisor, Professor Doug Reinemann and Irish post-doc, Dr John Upton. He is now a member of the dairy research and advisory teams at Cognosco/Anexa FVC in New Zealand.

Hailing from the Waikato, Howard completed his vet degree at Massey University in 1974, and after a period in general practice both in New Zealand and Australia moved into 3rd world development work where he was active for 18 years in a number of developing countries, mostly in Asia. During this period Howard gradually moved into animal health and production information systems and Epidemiology. Returning to New Zealand in 1993, Howard joined the Ministry of Agriculture in Wellington, where he has worked in a number of roles since, primarily risk analysis and since 2012 in risk management. Howard is currently manager of the animal imports and exports group, which is responsible for negotiating animal health conditions for exports of live animals and germplasm, and for import health standards under the Biosecurity Act for imports of animals and animal products.

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Tom is a veterinary epidemiologist working at the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Animal Health Reference Laboratory, where he is Principal Adviser for Incursion Investigation. Tom is involved in the investigation of, and preparedness for, exotic, new and emerging animal diseases. Focus areas include: infectious disease modelling, diseases at the human–animal interface, highly pathogenic avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease.

Katie graduated from Massey with a BVSc degree in 2000. She has worked in clinical practice and research with animals ranging from mice to dairy cows. She is a member of the Animal Welfare Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). For the past two years she has been a developer in the Animal Husbandry and Welfare Team at DairyNZ managing the body condition score programme as well as working on lameness and animal welfare assurance schemes and assessment. Katie is passionate about the wellbeing of dairy cows.

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Mhairi completed her Masters at Massey University where she studied methods to alleviate the pain caused by dehorning in calves and castration and tail docking in lambs. Mhairi then went on to do her PhD at the University of Illinois (USA) where she studied the effects of breed on stress responsiveness and disease susceptibility in pigs. After completing her PhD, Mhairi spent three years doing research at Texas Tech University where she focused on pig welfare issues such as painful husbandry procedures and transport. In 2009, she moved back to New Zealand where she now works for the Animal Behaviour and Welfare team at AgResearch as a scientist. Mhairi’s current research focuses includes evaluating methods of pain mitigation and alternatives methods of disbudding in dairy goat kids and calves.

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Richard is Australian, born in Wagga Wagga (place where the crows fly backwards) and now home to a new vet school. He’s a Sydney Uni grad sometime last century and moved to the Shaky Isles in the early nineties because it’s such an exciting place to live and because his better half is a one eyed Cantabrian. If she had told him how exciting it was going to get in 2010/2011 in Christchurch he might have stayed in boring old Australia. They have two daughters born in Canberra and raised in Christchurch, both are UC grads in engineering and both have a masters in engineering management – he’s not sure where the physics gene came from.

Lab is a facilitator, learning and performance consultant and former veterinarian. His company, Bats, specializes in helping businesses achieve aligned action to enhance team performance and customer engagement. He strongly believes the development of knowledge-sharing relationships is vital to both of these. He also believes that selling can be done differently and is an integral part of the advisory relationship. Lab is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning Professionals and the author of a book entitled “Customers as Learners”.

Laura has been an industry veterinarian for over ten years and runs the AgriHealth research program, manages the regulatory requirements, and provides technical support and assistance for dairy products. She was a dairy clinical practitioner in Morrinsville for seven years prior, and during this time assisted with bovine reproduction and mastitis study projects, was an Intelact Nutritional consultant, and tutored cattle veterinarians for the DCV Bovine Ultrasound Pregnancy Diagnosis Roadshows. Laura also previously share-milked dairy cows with her husband near Morrinsville, and were finalists in Waikato Sharemilker of the Year several times.

Yuni is a PhD student at Massey University studying about leptospirosis in dairy cattle in New Zealand. She received her Vet degree at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and her master in public health at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Yuni is currently working for the Directorate of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture Indonesia, with a main role to coordinate the animal disease control in Indonesia.


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