Dr. Kevin Stafford


Dr. Kevin Stafford is Professor of Veterinary Ethology at the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is a graduate of the Veterinary College in Dublin (1976) with an MSc in Tropical Animal Health and Production from the University of Edinburgh (1977) and a PhD from the National University of Ireland (1984-1987).

He spent about 10 years working in the Third World (Yemen, 1978-1981; Belize, 1981-1984; and Zambia, 1988-1990), with interludes in Ireland. In 1990, Kevin arrived in New Zealand and taught sheep and beef medicine at the Veterinary Faculty at Massey University.

He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1992 to teach animal welfare and behaviour and in 1998 became the Associate Professor in Animal Welfare and Applied Ethology. He is now Professor of Veterinary Ethology at Massey University (2003).

Kevin has been a member of the Board of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal, the Massey University Animal Ethics Committee and a member and past president of his local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is on the editorial board of The Veterinary Journal and the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Kevin was the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors Committee representative on the board of ANZCCART (Australia New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching). He is director of post-graduate studies at the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University.