Useful links: 

Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ, is responsible for promoting and assisting the development of the New Zealand deer industry. Deer Industry New Zealand has a national role in coordinating research and communication, and it has a global role in the promotion and marketing of venison, velvet and other deer products.  

The Deer Health Review booklet is an excellent guideline with which to review your herd health management with your veterinarian.

The Deer Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association as a point to contact veterinarians with a particular interest in deer health. 

The Disease Research Laboratory at the Invermay Research Centre near Dunedin provides diagnostic testing services for Johne's disease as well as tuberculosis. The DRL offers a blood testing service using the Paralisa (TM) blood test and PCR facilities. To contact DRL phone 03 489 4832 or email 

The Johne's Information Centre ( is the most comprehensive source of information about Johne's disease in livestock available on the web. Its focus is on JD in dairy cattle, but the site has such a thorough coverage of information that it is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about the disease in any species.