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, the 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.

David Harwood B.Vet.Med. FRCVS

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Emily Gascoigne MA VetMB MRCVS

Emily qualified from Cambridge in 2012 and joined Synergy Farm Health in Dorset as an intern. She is now working towards her diploma in Small Ruminant Health Management under the supervision of Dr Fiona Lovatt and has a particular interest in neonatal health and cloudburst. Emily has been a member of the GVS since graduation and member of the committee since 2015.  Emily has a flock of her own sheep and has an interest in Rare Breeds.

Kathy Anzuino - Deputy Programme Secretary
David Harwood - Senior Vice President, Journal Editor
Les Eckford - GVS BVA representative
Nick Clayton - Venues Coordinator
Vanessa Swinson - Deputy Journal Editor
Bryony Kendall - Hon. Treasurer
Judith Charnley - Deputy Programme Secretary