Ngaio is Associate Professor in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Science and Co-Director of Massey University's Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre. Her research employs behavioural and physiological methods to investigate various aspects of animal welfare in domestic and wild animal species.
Major research themes:
• Scientific evaluation of animal welfare
• Welfare impacts of wildlife conservation activities
• Breathlessness in animals
• Humane methods of ‘euthanasia’, slaughter and pest control
• Developmental processes, recognition, modulation and alleviation of pain in farm animals
Ngaio provides scientific support, advice and research to governments, animal industries and veterinary professional bodies in New Zealand and around the world.