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Our Research

We’re focused on the big issues important to the health and welfare of Kiwi pets.  Our research increases the scientific body of knowledge that helps to improve care, and results in new and better diagnostic investigation and treatment options for Kiwi pets. We also support studies into the value of  pets to society, the human-pet bond, and we aim to communicate our findings to the public.

Our Objectives


  • To promote better public understanding of companion animal welfare, breeding, nutrition, management, health, diseases and performance.
  • To encourage the study and understanding of companion animals in New Zealand.
  • To foster project or welfare work in connection with companion animals.
  • To assist with projects related to advancing the wellbeing of all companion animals.


Current Projects

Year Recipient Project Title Status
2018 Andrew Worth Does the angle of insertion of an calcaneo-tibial screw affect the resistance to cyclic failure in dogs – a cadaver study. Approved
2018 John Munday Improving the treatment of feline oral squamous cell carcinomas by using immunohistochemistry to detect p16 and p53. Approved
2017 David Wilkinson Assessment of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) carriage on New Zealand dogs. Underway
2017 Sarah Fowler Bacteriophage therapy in Companion Animals – a review and the future Underway
2017 Kavitha Kongara Evaluation of analgesic interaction between morphine, maropitant and dexmedetomidine in dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy Underway
2015 Alison Stickney Comparison of the prevalence of FIV in vaccinated cats versus unvaccinated cats in NZ Underway
2010 Kate Hill Clinical & biochemical profiles of NZ working farm dogs Publication pending