Lisa Whitfield - Contributor Profile


Lisa Whitfield is a veterinarian with over 12 years clinical experience. This includes 8 years working as a clinical large animal veterinarian at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she initially completed an Equine Internship followed by 7.5 years in the Production Animal Clinic, working closely alongside boarded specialists. She is currently self-employed, working in a small production animal practice. Lisa has a wealth of experience with all farm animal species having worked with Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs and South American Camelids (Alpaca and Llama) on a day to day basis.

She has a passion for teaching practical skills to people and sharing knowledge. Her masters thesis was a comparison of the use of long acting and short acting dry cow therapy in a herd where teat sealants were used.

She has published a number of both scientific articles and educational articles. Since early in 2020 I have written a monthly educational column for the New Zealand Dairy Exporter.

In addition to veterinary work, she also works on a working dairy farm. This experience continues to remind her of the practical realities of all aspects of farm life, and has had a positive impact on her approach to animal health work on farms.

Published Papers

  • Whitfield L K, (2020) Milk production, fertility and the modern dairy cow. Livestock, 25 (2), 72-75. doi: 10.12968/live.2020.25.2.72
  • Dwyer, C., Whitfield, L. K., & Laven, R. A. (2019). The effect of elemental Zn boluses on concentrations of Zn in serum and faeces of South American camelids. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 67(4), 210-213. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2019.1609382
  • Whitfield, L. (2019). The early gestation period and long returns to oestrus in cattle. Livestock, 24(3). doi: 10.12968/live.2019.24.3.118
  • Whitfield, L. K., & Laven, R. (2018). A comparison of the effect of short-acting and long-acting cloxacillin-based dry-cow therapy on somatic cell counts after calving in cows also given internal teat sealants. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 66(1), 44-47. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2017.1386134
  • Whitfield, L. (2018). Ovarian ultrasound for fertility management in dairy cattle. Livestock, 23(4), 154-160. doi: 10.12968/live.2018.23.4.154
  • Whitfield, L. K. (2017). Fertility in the face of stress in dairy cattle. Livestock, 22(3), 118-122. doi: 10.12968/live.2017.22.3.118
  • Whitfield, L. K. (2016). The response of the corpus luteum to prostaglandin F2alpha injection and why it could pay to wait. Livestock, 21(1), 25-29. Retrieved from
  • Collett, M. G., Wehrle-Martinez, A. S., Whitfield, L. K., & Kokosinska, A. (2016). Chronic sporidesmin toxicosis and photosensitisation in an alpaca (Vicugna pacos) in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 64(5), 314-316. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2016.1177474
  • Whitfield, L. K. (2016). Heat stress and its impact on fertility in dairy cattle. Livestock, 21(4), 218-221. doi: 10.12968/live.2016.21.4.218
  • Cypher, E., Kendall, A., Panizzi, L., Stewart, A., Taylor, S., Bodaan, C., . . . Whitfield, L. (2015). Medical and surgical management of an intra-abdominal abscess of hepatic origin in a horse. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Bodaan, C. J., Panizzi, L., Stewart, A. J., Cypher, E., Whitfield, L., & Riley, C. B. (2014). Extensive umbilical herniation of the large colon in a foal. Equine Veterinary Education, 26(7), 341-344. doi: 10.1111/eve.12163
  • Whitfield, L. K. (2014). Improving reproductive outcomes in the modern dairy cow - getting it right part 1. Livestock, 19(5), 290-294. doi: 10.12968/live.2014.19.5.290
  • Whitfield, L. K. (2014). Improving reproductive outcomes in the modern dairy cow - getting it right part 2. Livestock, 19(6), 349-352. doi: 10.12968/live.2014.19.6.349
  • Whitfield, L. K., Cypher, E., Gordon, S. J. G., Pauwels, F., Ling, J., Collett, M. G., & Uzal, F. A. (2015). Necrotic hepatitis associated with Clostridium novyi infection (black disease) in a horse in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 63(3), 177-179. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2014.973461
  • Whitfield, L. K. (2013). An approach to equine sarcoids in practice. The Equine Veterinary Practitioner, 37(3), 12-18.

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