Reproduction / cow fertility specialist

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Reproductive / Cow Fertility Scientists are focused on improving reproductive performance of dairy cows within a farm system.

They are involved in research or treatment related to the reproductive systems of animals, enhancing reproductive success and contribute to competitive and resilient farm businesses.

In the dairy sector, these scientists help increase reproductive performance in dairy cows, and can work on aspects of reproductive physiology, management and selection of more fertile cows, and are all reproductive biology professionals.

They might work for a sector organisation, research institute, universities, or private business.

Reproduction / Fertility Scientists have a doctorate degree in animal sciences. They are educated in (not all of these) reproductive physiology, endocrinology, animal behaviour, breeding, molecular biology, nutrition, statistics, physiology and have knowledge of the farm system.

Generally, Technician careers require a Bachelor or Masters of:

  • Science
  • Biological Science
  • Agri-science
  • Dairy Science (Animal Science)

Generally, Scientists require a Doctor of Philosophy (Doctorate) in:

  • Animal Science
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Reproduction
  • Veterinary Specialists
  • Science


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For a career in science

For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.

To be a scientist

You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.

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About DairyNZ

DairyNZ is an organisation that, through research, events, services, education and policy, works with dairy farmers to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. New Zealand dairy farmers pay DairyNZ a levy to support them.