Dr Pete Goddard is a senior manager at the James Hutton Institute. He leads the Institute’s Ecological Sciences Group. This comprises around 100 scientific research and support staff and, in addition, a variable number of short-term visitors and around 45 PhD students based at the Institute and sponsoring departments. He is responsible for promoting the highest quality research through effective leadership and support of colleagues and the efficient use of a wide range of resources.
He is a veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in animal welfare, focusing especially on investigating behavioural and physiological correlates of welfare in ruminants under extensive systems of management. This has included the development of test protocols for assessing behavioural responses of these species. The health and welfare of wild and semi-managed animals is also an interest and is being pursued in a new programme of work for the Scottish Government, alongside work on controlling animal disease outbreaks in livestock.
He participated recently in an important Defra-funded project jointly held with SAC and ADAS which investigated the economic, husbandry and welfare drivers for improved welfare on extensively-managed sheep flocks. Recent Scottish Government-funded research was directed towards exploring methods to monitor deer performance and health across Scottish open hill estates.
He has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters on animal behaviour, physiology and welfare and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science. In addition to conducting research, he has responsibility for animal health at the Institute’s research farms in Scotland.
He has been involved in the organisation and successful delivery of meetings and workshops, involving both individuals and interest groups. For example, he chaired a stakeholder workshop in Cambridgeshire on the welfare of unbroken ponies at markets and during transport which involved representatives from organisations including charities and the wider horse transport industry. He has also led discussions on animal welfare with a wide range of deer industry representatives for the Deer Commission for Scotland, during one of their Best Practice demonstration events and has provided animal welfare advice to the DCS (now incorporated into Scottish Natural Heritage).
In 2005 he was a member of the international research review panel for CSIC (Spanish Research Council). He took the lead in developing a professional short course on animal welfare for IAMZ / CIHEAM (Spain) with the first course held in March 2007. For the two years until April 2010 he was chair of the Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) and in 2009/2010 was President of the North of Scotland division of the BVA.
He is currently a trustee of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation, secretary and treasurer to the Veterinary Deer Society and external examiner in Animal Health, Welfare and Food Safety at the Dick Vet. School in Edinburgh. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant health Management.
Pete's highlighted publications
- Use of artificial drinkers by unhandled semi-feral ponies, van de Weerd, H.A.; Seaman, S.; Wheeler, K.; Goddard, P.J.; McLean, B., (2012) Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 139, 86-95.
Pete's most recent publications
- Interactions between profit and welfare on extensive sheep farms., Stott, A.W.; Vousough-Ahmadi, B.; Dwyer, C.M.; Kupiec, B.; Morgan-Davies, C.; Milne, C.E.; Ringrose, S.; Goddard, P.; Phillips, K.; Waterhouse, A., (2012) Animal Welfare, 21, Suppl. 1., 57-64.
- Welfare assessment in sheep., Goddard, P.J., (2011) In Practice, 33, 508-516
- Sheep., Goddard, P.J., (2011) UFAW Handbook on the Management and Welfare of Farm Animals (ed. J. Webster). Wiley-Blackwell; Oxford, 178-251.
- Developing methods to monitor performance and health of deer RP64 final report 2008 - 2010., Brassey, R.; Armstrong, H.; Goddard, P.; Perez-Barberia, J.; Irvine, R.J., (2010) Final report on Project RO 64 to Deer Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
- Animal welfare and the sustainable use of the vicuna., Bonacic, C.; Gimpel, J.; Goddard, P., (2009) In: Vicuna: The Theory and Practice of Community Based Wildlife Management (ed. I.J. Gordon). Springer, New York, pp49-62. ISBN: 978-0-387-09475-5
- Chair's column., Goddard, P.J., (2009) Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law Veterinary Journal (AWSELVA), 12(2).
- Identification of strategic drivers for extensive hill sheep farms post CAP reform., Morgan-Davies, C.; Waterhouse, A.; Dwyer, C.; Goddard, P.; Phillips, K.; Milne, C.; Kupiec, B.; Ringrose, S.; Stott, A.W., (2009) Proceedings of the Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measurements Conference, Edinburgh, UK. 2-4 June 2009. Aspects of Applied Biology, 93, 187-192.
- Review of the effectiveness of Axis II animal welfare measures - First evidence from the Animal Health and Welfare Management (AHWM) Programme in Scotland., Schwarz, G.; Wilson, R.; Goddard, P.; Lozada-Ellison, L.M., (2009) In: Deltuvas, R, Kusta, A. et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the Fourth International Scientific Conference on Rural development , Transitions towards Sustainability, Lithuanian University of Agriculture, Lithuania, 15-17 October 2009. Rural Development 2009, Volume 1, pp.408-413, LZUU, Kaunas.
- Evaluating extensive sheep farming systems., Stott, A.W.; Vousough-Ahmadi, B.; Morgan-Davies, C.; Dwyer, C.; Goddard, P.J.; Phillips, K..; Milne, C.E..; Kupiec, B.; Ringrose, S.; Waterhouse, A., (2009) Aspects of Applied Biology, 93, 161-166. Proceedings of the Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measurement Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 2-4, June 2009.
- The management of sheep., Goddard, P.J., (2008) In: The Welfare of Sheep (ed. C. M. Dwyer). Volume 6, Springer, The Netherlands, pp291-323. ISBN 978-1-4020-8552-9
- Ultrasonographic examination of ocular lesions in farmed halibut., Williams, D.L.; Goddard, P.J.; Brancker, W.M., (2007) Veterinary Journal, 173, 456-458.
- Effect of periconceptual undernutrition and gender on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in young adult sheep., Gardner, D.S.; Van Bon, B.W.N.; Dandrea, J.; Goddard, P.J.; May, S.F.; Wilson, V.; Stephenson, T.; Symonds, M.E., (2006) Journal of Endocrinology, 190, 203-212.
- The perception of the welfare of sheep in extensive systems., Goddard, P.J.; Waterhouse, A.; Dwyer, C.M.; Stott, A., (2006) Small Ruminant Research, 62, 215-225.
- Research project Final Report: Improving sheep welfare on extensively managed flocks by understanding the economic and husbandry influences on stock welfare., Goddard, P.J., (2005) DEFRA Final Report.
- Adrenal responsiveness of reindeer (Rangifer tarundus tarundus) to intravenously administered ACTH., Sakkinen, H., Tornberg, J., Goddard, P.J., Eloranta, E., Dahl, E., Ropstad, E. and Saarela, S., (2005) Animal Science, 81, 399-402.
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