Kiro Petrovski

Associate Professor Kiro Petrovski

Associate Professor

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Originally from Europe, I started working with dairy cows at age of 11. With a lifelong interest in animals and animal health, after completing my undergraduate education I worked for 2.5 years as a veterinary practitioner in Europe with production animals and occasionally companion animals, before migrating to New Zealand. I then worked as a veterinarian for 3.5 years mainly in mixed animal practice, with a special interest in production animals, before taking up the position of Senior Research Officer with special interest in lactational physiology and bovine mastitis at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. From November 2010 my research position was transferred in a Lecturership position.
I have developed an interest in teaching and from 2006 have taught into the undergraduate degrees in veterinary and agricultural sciences at Massey University. My research interests included lactational physiology and pathology, the development of drugs and preventive measures for bovine mastitis and improving the fertility of dairy cattle.
In January 2012, I moved to a position of Senior Lecturer in Ruminant Health (Cattle) at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus. My current research interests include bovine lactational physiology and pathology, the development of drugs, preventive measures for bovine mastitis, improving the fertility of dairy cattle and herd health and production. In April 2017 I got position the position of Associate Professor in Ruminant Health and Production at the University of Adelaide.
As recognition of my research in the area of lactational physiology and pathology, I was a co-leader of the Mastitis Research Centre team at Massey University (2006 – 2012) together with Prof Norman Williamson.
My current research attracts international collaborations with teams from New Zealand, Japan, the USA and Argentina, and as recognition of my research activity, I am reviewing papers for prestigious international journals.

Biography/ Background

Originally from Europe, I started working with dairy cows at age of 11. With a lifelong interest in animals and animal health, after completing my undergraduate education I worked for 2.5 years as a veterinary practitioner in Europe with production animals and occasionally companion animals, before migrating to New Zealand. I then worked as a veterinarian for 3.5 years mainly in mixed animal practice, with a special interest in production animals, before taking up the position of Senior Research Officer with special interest in lactational physiology and bovine mastitis at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. From November 2010 my research position was transferred in a Lecturership position. From January 2012 I moved to Australia to take up a position of Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health/ Ruminant heath.

Research Interests

  • Studies for the development, registration and marketing of conventional and alternative veterinary medicines for the treatment of mastitis, prevention of mastitis or improving bovine fertility.
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility of mastitis-causing organisms.
  • Aetiology and epidemiology of mastitis.
  • Economics of mastitis.
  • Immunity of the mammary gland.
  • Difference in the incidence of mastitis between conventional and organic farms.
  • Herd level disorders importance and prevalence.

2015  Luoda Pharma (AU$119,000)

2014  Luoda Pharma (AU$287,000)

2013  LuodaPhrama (AU$254,000)

2012  BioSA (AU$50,000)

2010 to 2012 Bayer Animal Health New Zealand Ltd (NZ$994,000)

2007-2010 Technology Business Grant of New Zealand’s government (NZ$1,800,000 out of NZ$3,400,000 project)

2006-2010 Bomac Ltd (NZ$1,140,000)

2006-2010 Dairy Insight NZ (NZ$10.000 out of NZ$1,500,000 project)

2005 Northland Community Foundation (NZ$21,000)

2010 Homeopathic Farm Support Ltd (NZ$17,410)

2005 Northern Wairoa Vet Club (NZ$14,000) and Dargaville Field Days (NZ$1,000)

The University of Adelaide Teaching

Teaching and examining the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine post-graduate level students in the following:

  • Animal handling, Cattle health and production, Herd health, Clinical practice, Mastitis, Disorders of various body systems of cattle, Research management projects, Calf and heifer rearing, Clinical examination of calves and adult cattle, Dealing with problem herds, Field trips, Clinical procedures, and Veterinary Medicines for use in cattle health and production.

Teaching and examining the Bachelor of Vet BioSciences, Agricultural and Animal Sciences undergraduate students in the following:

  • Animal handling, Biochemistry of lactation, Cattle health and production, Herd health, Clinical practice, Mastitis, Clinical examination of calves and adult cattle, and Field trips.

Teaching the Honours post-graduate level students in the following:

  • EndNote and research skills

Massey University Teaching

Teaching and examining the Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences undergraduate students in the following:

  • Animal handling, Physiology of lactation, Microbiology, Cattle health and production, Herd health, Clinical practice, Milking machines, Mastitis, Clostridial diseases, Ketosis, Calf rearing,  Clinical examination of calves and adult cattle, Dealing with problem herds, Field trips, Registered Veterinary Medicines, Veterinary Prescriptions, and Rosters

Teaching and examining the Bachelor of Animal Sciences undergraduate students in the followings:

  • Dairy Production, Physiology of lactation, milk quality, and Milking machines and mastitis

Teaching the undergraduate students enrolled in Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in the following:  

  • Animal handling, mastitis.

Teaching the undergraduate students enrolled in Bachelor of Veterinary Technician in the following:           

  • Animal handling, mastitis, mastitis management
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Colostrum Quality in Merino Ewes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Bianca Agenbag
    2019 Principal Supervisor Effect of feedlot antimicrobial use patterns on resistance of Salmonella species, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus species in manure, faecal samples, carcase swabs and retail beef products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yohannes Equar Messele
    2017 Co-Supervisor Efffects of colotrum on livestock health and production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Hue Thi Do
    2013 Co-Supervisor What Factors Contribute to Development of Veterinary Student Entrepreneurial Capability and Intent? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Adele Mander Feakes
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Improved Diagnostics and Further Investigations of Bovine Mastitis Caused by Mollicutes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Abd Al-Bar Ahmed Noori Al-Farha
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2018 - 2020 Visiting PhD for Cairo University, Egypt: Antimicrobial resistance genes in milk of cattle origin The University of Adelaide Eman Taher Mostafa
    2015 - 2020 Rib fractures in lambs in South Australia The University of Adelaide Colin Trengove
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Veterinary Surgeon Board of South Australia VSBSA Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Chair DVM Program Management Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Learning and Teaching Management Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member American Dairy Society Association United States
    2014 - ongoing Member British Cattle Vets Association United Kingdom
    2012 - ongoing Member Australian Veterinary Association Australia
    2012 - ongoing Member Australian Cattle Vets special interest branch of the AVA Australia
    2011 - 2012 Member Registration Committee of the Veterinary Council of New Zealand New Zealand
    2010 - 2012 Member National Mastitis Advisory Committee New Zealand
    2010 - 2012 Member AgResearch Grassland Animal Ethics Committee New Zealand
    2006 - 2012 Member National Mastitis Council United States
    2006 - 2012 Member New Zealand Society of Animal Production New Zealand
    2003 - ongoing Member New Zealand Veterinary Association New Zealand
    2003 - ongoing Dairy Cattle Veterinarians Special Interest Branch of the NZVA
    2003 - ongoing Member New Zealand Veterinary Association New Zealand
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - 2018 Editor-In-chief Journal of Animal and Poultry Sciences Journal of Animal and Poultry Sciences Turkey
    2012 - ongoing Board Member Macedonia Veterinary Review Ss.Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83131492
  • Email: kiro.petrovski@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: J.S. Davies, floor G
  • Room: G 13
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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