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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge

 

Dr Gareth Pearce

Dr Gareth Pearce

University Lecturer in Farm Animal Health, Welfare and Production

Director of Studies in Pre-clinical and Clinical Veterinary Medicine

Gareth Pearce is interested in taking PhD students.

Gareth Pearce is available for consultancy.


Biography:

 

Main collaborators

  • Prof Clive Phillips, University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia
  • Dr David Verner-Jeffreys, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Weymouth, UK
  • Prof Duncan Maskell, School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Hernan Canon-Jones, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, Puerto Montt, Chile

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Animal Health Management

Animal Welfare

Antimicrobial Resistance

Research Interests

Gareth Pearce's research has been primarily concerned with the influence of behaviour, environment and management on animal disease, welfare and productivity. Studies involving a range of domestic species such as pigs and horses have investigated a wide range of health and welfare measures including physical changes (skeletal adaptation in horses, pleurisy and gastric ulceration in pigs) and physiological changes (serum acute phase proteins such as haptoglobin and plasma cortisol concentrations) occurring in response to the animal's environment, health status and management. Recent research has included the use of social network analysis to investigate disease transmission dynamics and welfare in populations of free-living wild animals (meerkats in the South African Kalahari) and farmed animals in both intensive (Atlantic salmon in Norway) and extensive environments (Bos indicus cattle in Queensland, Australia). Particular current interests also include investigating the ecology of antibiotic resistance in the aquatic environment using NGS, metagenomics and transcriptomics, the use of laterality to assess emotional state and the influence of individual animal temperament on social network dynamics, disease dynamics and welfare assessment in cattle.

 

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Genomics
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Welfare
  • Behaviour
  • Swine
  • Bioinformatics
  • Animal welfare science
  • Agriculture

Key Publications

  • Blacklaws, B.A, Gajda, A.M., Tippelt, S., Jepson, P.D., Deaville, R., Van Bressem, M-F. & Pearce, G.P (2013) Molecular identification of poxviruses associated with epidermal lesions in UK cetaceans. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71734. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071734
  • Jäger, H.C., Mckinley, T.J., Wood, J.L.N., Pearce, G.P., Williamson, S., Strugnell, B.W., Done, S. & Tucker, A.W. (2012) Factors associated with pleurisy in pigs: a case-control analysis of slaughter pig data for England and Wales. PLoS ONE. 7 (2): E29655
  • Cañon Jones, H. A., Noble, C., Damsgård, B., & Pearce, G. P. (2012). Evaluating the effects of a short-term feed restriction period (10 days) upon the behaviour and welfare of Atlantic salmon parr (Salmo salar) using social network analysis and fin damage. Applied Animal Behaviour Science
  • Cañon Jones, H. A., Noble, C., Damsgård, B., & Pearce, G. P. (2012). Investigating the influence of predictable and unpredictable feed delivery schedules upon the behaviour and welfare of Atlantic salmon parr (Salmo salar) using social network analysis and fin damage. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 138 (1–2), 132-140
  • Drewe, J. A., Eames, K. T., Madden, J. R., & Pearce, G. P. (2011). Integrating contact network structure into tuberculosis epidemiology in meerkats in South Africa: Implications for control. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 101(1-2), 113-120.
  • Cañon Jones, H. A., Noble, C., Damsgård, B., & Pearce, G. P. (2011). Social network analysis of the behavioural interactions that influence the development of fin damage in Atlantic salmon parr (Salmo salar) held at different stocking densities. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 133(1-2), 117-126.
  • Madden, J. R., Drewe, J. A., Pearce, G. P., & Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2011). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 3. Position of individuals within networks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(10), 1857-1871.
  • Jones, H. A. C., Hansen, L. A., Noble, C., Damsgard, B., Broom, D. M., & Pearce, G. P. (2010). Social network analysis of behavioural interactions influencing fin damage development in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) during feed-restriction. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 127(3-4), 139-151.
  • Madden, J. R., Drewe, J. A., Pearce, G. P., & Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 2. Intragroup interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64(1), 81-95.
  • Drewe, J. A., Madden, J. R., & Pearce, G. P. (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 1. Inter-group interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(9), 1295-1306.
  • Drewe, J. A., Dean, G. S., Michel, A. L., Lyashchenko, K. P., Greenwald, R., & Pearce, G. P. (2009). Accuracy of three diagnostic tests for determining Mycobacterium bovis infection status in live-sampled wild meerkats (Suricata suricatta) Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 21, 31-39.
  • Drewe, J. A., Foote, A. K., Sutcliffe, R. L., & Pearce, G. P. (2009). Pathology of Mycobacterium bovis infection in wild meerkats (Suricata suricatta).. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 140(1), 12-24.
  • Amory, J.R., Mackenzie, A.M., Eckersall, P.D., Stear, M.J. & Pearce, G.P. (2007). Influence of rearing conditions and respiratory disease on haptoglobin levels in the pig at slaughter.  Research in Veterinary Science 83: 428-435.
  • Kelly, H.R.C., Browning, H.M., Day, J.E.L., Martins, A., Pearce, G.P., Stopes, .C, & Edwards, S.A. (2007). The effect of breed type, housing and feeding system on performance of growing pigs managed under organic conditions.  Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture 87: 2794-2800.