About The GVS

The Goat Veterinary Society was formed in 1979 to promote interest in and improve knowledge of goats within the veterinary profession.

Full membership is open to all veterinary surgeons and research fellows. Associate membership is for all those with an interest in goat husbandry and commercial goat farming.

Activities include two meetings each year, publication of the Goat Veterinary Journal and biannual Newsletters. Information sheets on some aspects of goat husbandry and medicine are available for members.

The Goat Veterinary Society is a professional society, to which veterinary surgeons may turn for advice.

Meet the members of the Goat Veterinary Society

Chairman & BVA Representative

David Harwood B.Vet.Med. MRCVS

David is a veterinary surgeon qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 1974.  He spent the major part of his career as a veterinary investigation officer and pathologist in the AHVLA at Carmarthen and Winchester, and has recently retired and is now working independently.  He is an honorary vet to the British Goat society, and a past president of BCVA, and the author of “Goat Health and Welfare – a Veterinary Guide.  David lectures to undergraduate students at four UK Vet Schools.  He is currently the GVS Journal editor and Hon PRO.
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Honorary Secretary

Ben Dustan BVSc Cert CHP BSc(Hons) MRCVS

Ben first got involved with GVS in 2004 when as a veterinary student he undertook a research project looking at goat scrapie. This led to the identification of the first recorded naturally occurring case of BSE in a goat and his work was published as part of his BSc in Veterinary Pathology. Ben joined GVS committee in 2011 and become secretary in 2013.


Honorary Treasurer

Nick Clayton BVSc MRCVS

Nick qualified in 1970 and became interested in goat medicine early in his career. He became secretary of the GVS in 2004, and hope that he has built on the good work done by his predecessors, Robin Pepper and Jane Wighton.

Nick notes that ‘the strength of the Society is the enthusiasm of it’s members, who support our meetings so well, and give valuable feedback to almost any question I ask via our e mail loops’.

Nick also represents minor species interests on the BVA Medicines Group, and currently represent jointly with the British Goat Society, goat interests on the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England Sector Council Group. This gives us the opportunity to raise goat concerns in a way which may otherwise be overlooked.


Past President


After over five years in mixed veterinary practice Tony undertook the Royal Smithfield Club Fellowship into dental development in cattle and was awarded a PhD for the work.  This work was later used when the BSE regulations resulted in only animals under 30 months old could enter the human food chain.  He than worked as a Senior Veterinary Officer at the Meat and Livestock Commission and besides being responsible for the health on units around Great Britain he was involved in many animals heath projects and was involved in the successful Warble Fly Eradication Campaign.  In 1979 he became Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Medicine and was involved with all types of ruminants as well as writing and editing many books on animal health and disease.  He has written about 150 papers including several on goats, as well as articles for the veterinary, agricultural and lay press.  He is now a veterinary consultant and has the European Diploma in Small Ruminant Health Management.  He has been Chairman a long time and took over the secretaryship duties for a while following the untimely death of Richard Wighton. He was the Director of the Responsible Use of Medicines Alliance. He now investigates problems and writes Expert Reports in farm animal species for veterinary practices, agricultural companies, pharmaceutical companies and solicitors.


Past President

John Matthews BSc BVMS MRCVS

John has been a committee member of the Goat Veterinary Society for over twenty five years and is an Honorary Veterinary Surgeon for the British Goat Society.  He is currently in general practice in Essex, but is retiring from full time veterinary practice in September. He lives on a smallholding  with his wife, Hilary, where they keep a small herd of high yielding British Saanen and British goats. Goats from the herd have been sold to commercial and show herd in the UK and other countries, including the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and China. In the 1990s they helped introduce Angora goats into the country and maintained a small flock at home for several years.  John has written many articles on goats and is the author of Diseases of Goats, which is now in it’s third edition.


Honorary Veterinary Surgeon

Kat Bazeley Bsc BVSc CertWel MRCVS

Kat has worked mainly with farm animals throughout her long career. For the last nine years she has worked for Synergy Farm Health, a large farm animal veterinary practice based in Dorset, where, alongside general clinical work, she specialises in heifer-rearing, sheep, goats and camelids. Kat has a longstanding interest in goats, developed over some years (1997-2004) while lecturing at Bristol University’s veterinary school, where she ran a thriving farm animal hospital. Kat also spent nine years working overseas in the Pacific and Indonesia. She and her husband have a smallholding where they farm coloured Shetland sheep and British White cattle.
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Honorary Veterinary Surgeon

Graham Duncanson BVSc MSc (VetGP) DProf FRCVS.

Graham is a sheep farmer’s son who qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol in 1966. He spent 8 years as a Government Veterinary Officer working in all districts of Kenya. He was primarily engaged in disease control of cattle goats and sheep as well as training Kenyan staff. He returned to the UK to work in general practice in Norfolk in 1975 and he has been working at Westover ever since. He has a passion for education within veterinary practice. He spends several weeks a year teaching younger colleagues. Graham enjoyed writing his book “Veterinary treatment of sheep and goats”. He is a keen member of the Goat Veterinary Society often contributing to the meetings.



Rose Jackson BVSc DBR MRCVS

Rose qualified from Bristol in 2004 and joined Scarsdale Veterinary Group’s farm team where she remains to this day.  She attained the diploma in bovine reproduction (DBR) in 2010 and joined the partnership at Scarsdale in 2011.  Rose has been a member of the goat veterinary society since her student days and has been a member of the committee for a number of years.  Although most of her day to day work involves dairy cattle, she has a fondness for goats.  Earlier this year, Rose had a baby son, Robin who is already quite keen on animals!