Profile – Dr. Vicki McLean
Country Representative for New Zealand
Vicki graduated from the University of California Davis with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and Population Medicine. She spent three years teaching at the University of Missouri Veterinary School before immigrating to New Zealand. She was a lecturer and a farm services clinician at the only veterinary teaching institution in New Zealand. She lectured at Massey University Veterinary School in NZ for four years and concurrently obtained a Ph.D. in dairy cattle mastitis with emphasis on Streptococcus uberis mastitis. Vicki went into private practice for nine years working in the Waikato Region of the North Island of NZ. In practice, she worked on species including small animals, but her main work was with dairy goats, dairy cattle, beef, sheep, and pig operations. She treated the individual animals, but always focused on the prevention of further clinical cases. In the last few years of private practice, half of the clients she had were commercial dairy goat farmers. After three years of doing contract health audits for all the Dairy Goat Cooperative Ltd (DGC) farms, they decided to employ Vicki full time.
Vicki has over 30 years of experience working with meat, fiber and dairy goats. At present, she is the only veterinary in NZ who is a Member of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Science – Goat Medicine. Vicki oversees the health and welfare of approximately 60 thousand goats divided among 71 farms supplying the DGC. She ensures that healthy goats are producing top quality milk to produce formula for infants and children. She is a hands-on clinician as well as assisting and teaching other veterinarians about dairy goat and sheep medicine and management. She has talked at goat meat and fiber producers’ meetings. She is a member of several National Committees, including the National Mastitis Committee and an Animal Welfare Committee. Vicki has traveled extensively to international and regional goat conferences in the Netherlands, France, Australia, USA, England, and Cyprus. She has lost count to how many goat related conferences she has been to in the last ten years but will continue to travel and learn all she can to improve the animal health and welfare of the NZ goat industries.
Vicki’s present goal is to eradicate CAE from all commercially farmed goats in NZ.
2/15/2019 11:22:24 pm
Hi Vicki. I’m CAE portfolio holder for the association and we have just been advised that it is possible to test for CAE using milk samples. We’ve been told that the co-op use this method and testing is undertaken by SVS and DRL (who are no IANZ accredited for anything) on bulk milk samples. If this is the case we would need to re-write our procedure but I’m not willing to do that without some credible confirmation, hence this message. Would you be able to shed some light on this please as the info came from one of our members but I have no idea where she has got it from. As you will be aware a number of our members have recently used DRL for blood sample testing but as they are not IANZ accredited I have refused to accept their results into the programme. Any help, information or guidance on he subject would be appreciated. I’m away from home and am in New Plymouth this week so a reply on my Telarc email address, a call in the evening on 0274 388 945 or an email with your mobile number so that I can call you back for a chat would be much appreciated. Best regards, Bob Greenough
4/10/2021 02:12:02 am
Hi Doctor, I’m at South Africa. My goats 🐐 are dying. They get sick and dies in within two days. When I open their stomach I got a lot of water around inside their stomach. What is this causes that and what medicine should I buy to inject them?
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