Scott McDougall

Managing Director, Cognsoco

Scott McDougall is a well-known and highly respected member of the New Zealand veterinary and dairy science community. He has been involved in the dairy industry for over 25 years, and has worked as a clinical veterinarian, a university teacher and researcher, and working as a scientist for Dairy Research Corporation (now DairyNZ). He received his PhD from Massey University in 1994, is a registered specialist in dairy cattle reproduction, and is an adjunct Professor at the School of veterinary sciences, Massey University.

Throughout Scott’s career he has been actively involved in improving animal health and productivity, research, involvement in strategic industry wide initiatives (such as InCalf and Smart SAMM), teaching and training, and presenting at local and international farmer, scientific and veterinary conferences. Scott was awarded the junior scientist prize by the New Zealand Society of Animal Production in 1992, and by the Australian Society of Reproductive Biology 1995, was awarded the Golden glove by the Dairy Cattle Veterinarians of New Zealand Veterinary Association for services to the profession in 2011, and the WestAgri award for contributions to understanding of control and treatment of mastitis by the American Dairy Science Association in 2017. He has been a committee member for the Dairy Cattle Veterinarians and the Epidemiology branch of the NZVA. He is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Dairy Science and an ad hoc reviewer for a number of other journals. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and done more than 300 conference presentations.

In 1997 Scott established the R&D division of Anexa, called Cognosco. Cognosco is involved in creating evidence-based veterinary medicine by undertaking large-scale field studies, consultancy, industry reviews, and undergraduate and postgraduate training. Core areas of interest include improving reproductive performance of dairy herds, control and treatment of infectious diseases such as mastitis, metabolic disease of cattle, and prudent usage of antimicrobials.