Professor Emeritus Norman B. (Norm) Williamson graduated BVSc from Melbourne University in 1968. He completed an MVSc in cattle reproductive health management at Melbourne and gained an MANZCVS in the medicine and preventive medicine of dairy cattle. He worked with Professor Douglas Blood in his first job at the University of Melbourne from 1969 to 1979. In the 1980's he was Professor of Theriogenology and Herd Health at the University of Minnesota and gained a Dip. American College of Theriogenologists in 1984. He moved to New Zealand as Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Massey University in 1989. In 1998 he became Head of Undergraduate Teaching in the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences and Programme Director (Dean) Veterinary Sciences in 2000. He “retired” in April 2012.
Norm's teaching and research interests are largely in cattle health and management, specifically cattle reproduction, mastitis, heifer rearing, neosporosis and dairy herd health management.
He has a great interest in all types of veterinary education. From 2002 he was a member of the Veterinary Schools accreditation Advisory Committee and from 2012 to May 2018 Norm chaired the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee of the Australasian Veterinary Boards’ Council. In this time he was involved in about 35 accreditation visits of veterinary schools within Australia, Asia and Europe and chaired about half of these visits including 3 on behalf of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK.
He has been honoured by receiving the NZVA Presidents’ Award (the highest honour of the NZVA) in 2012. He received one of 4 Distinguished Service Medals from Massey University on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Veterinary Program and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016, both being for services to the veterinary profession. He also received the Billy E. Hooper Award of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges in 2018 for services to veterinary education and the profession. Most recently he was honoured by the Australasian Veterinary Boards’ Council being presented with one of 3 inaugural Meritorious Service Awards for his contributions to the Council.