Professor for a Chair in Equine Health, Welfare and Performance

School of Veterinary Science Palmerston North

About the role

The School of Veterinary Science (SoVS) at Massey University in Palmerston North, NZ, invites applications for a Chair in Equine Health, Welfare and Performance at the rank of Professor. This position is sponsored by the New Zealand Equine Trust.

Primary responsibilities of the position include the following:

· Maintaining a clinical research portfolio of international standing

· Forging strong industry linkages and collaborations within the veterinary profession, the horse racing industry and the sports horse industry in order to promote Massey as a pre-eminent provider of equine research and teaching in the southern hemisphere

· Providing leadership in making New Zealand the gold standard of welfare in equine sport

· Leading, mentoring and supporting colleagues and students in the Equine Veterinary Hospital and related areas.

The successful candidate will be expected to build or bring their own research programme and will join an active research institute that includes world-class expertise in equine performance, epidemiology, pathology, molecular bioscience and animal welfare science. The School of Veterinary Science has the established infrastructure and facilities to support collaborative and independent research, including a full-time staff of clinical veterinarians and technicians, access to an equine teaching herd, a pathology suite, imaging services and extensive laboratory facilities.

Our equine hospital provides primary opinion services to the local area as well as medical and surgical referral services to the North Island. The hospital delivers case-based teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary students, including surgery and medicine residency programmes.

About the School

The School of Veterinary Science was established in 1963 and is New Zealand's only provider of veterinary education. We operate a 5-year, 10-semester, undergraduate Bachelor's degree (BVSc) programme, with annual cohorts of around 125 students, scheduled to increase to 175 by 2024. Our BVSc programme is internationally accredited (AVMA, AVBC and RCVS) and the School consistently ranks in the top 30 in the world (QS Rankings by Subject). For more about the School of Veterinary Science, view here

About our region

SoVS is located at Palmerston North on the Manawatu campus of Massey University. Palmerston North ('Palmy' to the locals) is a city of around 120,000 residents, situated 2 hours north of the capital city, Wellington. Based in the heart of central New Zealand, it is an easy weekend drive to recreational areas including surf beaches, national walking tracks and ski fields. The city itself is busy and lively, with a large number of parks and an established café culture. For more about Palmerston North and the Manawatu region, view here


Minimum qualifications include a PhD in equine health, welfare or performance, and a veterinary qualification which can be immediately registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. A specialist qualification in a clinical discipline is highly desirable.

Application instructions

For academic enquiries please contact Professor Wendi Roe (Deputy Head of School) at To apply please submit your application here at Massey University Careers. by 12th March 2023.

Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The employment package will include financial support for the key activities of the Chair, for example, postdoctoral support, postgraduate scholarship funding or research seed funding. To view/download the job description, please click on the file below

Closing date: 12 March 2023 Reference number: CS_SVS_1418_11/22 For further information and to apply online, visit: