Healthy Hoof provider training for rural professionals

Prevention of lameness with information and training on management and treatment.

This programme is a simple, stepwise approach to managing lameness on dairy farms caused by physical factors. It consists of five key steps that each farm takes with the support of a trained programme provider.


Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 November, Culverden



This is 3-day workshop comprising of classroom, practical and on-farm sessions.


  • Lameness theory
  • Observing cow flow and herd management
  • Treating lame cows (including IV anaesthesia)
  • Track and shed design
  • Conducting a lameness investigation

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to influence change with your dairy farm clients
  • Develop skills in prevention and treatment
  • Improve diagnosis and monitoring of lame cows

Learning outcomes

  • Reduced lameness leading to increase animal welfare
  • Improved staff performance


Neil Chesterton BVSc: Neil graduated from Sydney University (Australia) in 1974 and came straight to Inglewood in New Zealand, where he is still in clinical practice. His interest is the prevention of lameness in pasture fed dairy herds. In recent years this interest has focused on the importance of herd management on the farm tracks and in the milking shed. His understanding of cow behaviour is resulting in practical ways for farmers to reduce foot damage and subsequent lameness. As a result of this work and his contribution to veterinary practice in New Zealand he was awarded an Honorary BVSc by Massey University. Neil has been investigating the causes of lameness since the early 80s and has had three papers published in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. In 1989 he was awarded the Australasian College Medal for his work in this field. More recently he was the 2013 recipient of the Golden Glove award given by the Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians of the NZVA. He has produced booklets and teaching videos covering all aspects of lameness in pasture fed dairy herds.

Katie Saunders BVSc: Katie previously worked as DairyNZ Lead Advisor in Animal Care, and retains a strong interest in NZ cattle care and wellbeing. Prior to that Katie worked as Head of Animal Research at Christchurch School of Medicine for several years, and for the prior decade undertook practitioner veterinarian roles in various practices (including Waimate Vets). Katie has enjoyed extended involvement with NZVA’s Epidemiology, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Biosecurity (EFAB) special interest branch as Treasurer/Secretary, represents EFAB on the NZVA Advisory Board, and acts as NZVA representative on the University of Canterbury animal ethics committee. Katie is currently the Technical Manager at AgriHealth.


Full course: $2095 (limited to 12)

Day 1 only: $695 (limited to 4)


Shannon Leader
Events Manager

NZVA are running this course on behalf of DairyNZ.

NZVA Diamond Sponsors