Dr Peter White

BVSc (Hon 1), PhD
Senior Lecturer Veterinary Physiology

B19 - R.M.C. Gunn Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5822
Fax +61 2 9351 3957

Biographical details

Peter White joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2010 after completeing a PhD investigating a crippling birth defect in Australian beef cattle known as congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin. Since joining the faculty, Peter has taken on a teaching role in physiology, pharmacology, animal production and welfare and expanded his research into pain management in production animals. He has been awarded two major grants investigating pain management in sheep and cattle, and has supervised several honours and postgraduate students.

Research interests

  • Pain management in production animals
  • Pharmacology
  • Electrophysiology and pain measurement

Teaching and supervision

  • Physiology teaching in Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience/Bachelor of Veterinary Biology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology teaching in Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Doctor of Veterianry Medicine
  • Animal production and animal welfare teaching

Current research students

Project title Research student
Reproductive and Genetic Management of Individuals within Conservation Programs: Implementing a new approach Holly COPE
Practical pain management during invasive husbandry procedures performed on extensively raised beef cattle Dominique MCCARTHY

Current projects

Pain management in northern beef cattle (MLA), pain management and pain modelling in sheep (AWI)

Associations

Member of the Australian Veterinary Association

Awards and honours

  • 2015 Faculty of Veterinary Science Learning & Teaching Award.
  • 2013 Faculty of Veterinary Science Learning & Teaching Award.
  • 2012 Faculty of Veterinary Science Learning & Teaching Award.
  • 2011 Faculty of Veterinary Science Learning & Teaching Award
  • 2010 Faculty Travel Grant
  • 2007 Australian Post Graduate Award

Selected grants

2015

  • Infra-red thermography and radio frequency identification for detection of stress in lairage; Gonzalez L, White P, McGreevy P, Lomax S; Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd/Research and Development Grant.

2014

  • Assessment and amelioration of pain for improved welfare during routine husbandry procedures in piglets.; Lomax S, White P, Windsor P, Cronin G; Australian Pork Limited/Research and Development.

2013

  • Pain management during aversive procedures in extensively raised beef cattle; Windsor P, White P, Lomax S; Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd/MLA Research Program.

2012

  • Promoting welfare solutions for Australian merinos; Windsor P, White P; Australian Wool Innovation Limited/Research and Development.

2010

  • Congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef cattle in Australia presentation to World Cattle Congress, Santiago, Chile, November 14-18, 2010; White P; The Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney/Postdoctoral fellow and new academic staff travel funds.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • White, P. (2016). Could a trace mineral deficiency be associated with congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle in Australia? Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 100(1), 27-32. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2016). Effect of a topical anaesthetic formulation on the cortisol response to surgical castration of unweaned beef calves. Animal, 10(1), 150-156. [More Information]
  • Espinoza, C., McCarthy, D., White, P., Windsor, P., Lomax, S. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of a topical anaesthetic formulation and ketoprofen, alone and in combination, on the pain sensitivity of dehorning wounds in Holstein-Friesian calves. Animal Production Science, 56(9), 1512-1519. [More Information]
  • Hendry, G., White, P., Herbert, C. (2016). Providing exemplar-based ‘feedforward’ before an assessment: The role of teacher explanation. Active Learning in Higher Education, 17(2), 99-109. [More Information]
  • Fenner, K., Yoon, S., White, P., Starling, M., McGreevy, P. (2016). The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses’ Behavior, Eye Temperature, and Cardiac Responses. PloS One, 11(5), e0154179. [More Information]
  • Hill, E., McGreevy, P., Caspar, G., White, P., McLean, A. (2015). Apparatus use in popular equestrian disciplines in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 10(2), 147-152. [More Information]
  • White, P., Windsor, P. (2012). Congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef herds. The Veterinary Journal, 193(2), 336-343. [More Information]
  • White, P., Windsor, P., Dhand, N., Toribio, J. (2010). Risk factors for congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef cattle herds in south-eastern Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 96, 36-48. [More Information]
  • White, P., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Windsor, P. (2010). The association between congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle and drought in south-eastern Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 94(3-4), 178-184. [More Information]
  • White, P., Chapman, S. (2007). Two Students’ Reflections on Their Training in Animal Handling at the University of Sydney. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35(5), 598-599.

Conferences

  • Fenner, K., Yoon, S., White, P., Starling, M., McGreevy, P. (2016). The effect of noseband tightening on horses’ behaviour, eye temperature and cardiac responses. International Society for Equitation Science, N/A: N/A.
  • McCarthy, D., Harris, C., Lomax, S., White, P. (2015). The effect of topical anaesthetic on the sensitivity of dehorning wounds and the effect of topical anaesthetic in combination with meloxicam on the cortisol response to dehorning in unweaned beef calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Witenden, E., Windsor, P., White, P. (2015). Topical vapocoolant spray reduces perioperative pain of ear tagging and ear notching in calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.
  • McCarthy, D., White, P., Lomax, S. (2014). Effect of Topical Anaesthesia on the Cortisol Response of Beef Calves to Castration. World Buiatrics Congres, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2014). Quantitative sensory testing for assessing wound pain and anaesthesia in livestock. Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • White, P. (2014). Supplementation with parenteral trace minerals did not prevent congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle. World Buiatrics Congres, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • White, P., Lomax, S., Espinoza, C., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for Australian Merino Sheep husbandry-Recent Developments. 8th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Veterinary Association Inc.
  • Celi, P., White, P. (2012). Dairy Goat Farming in Australia: Current Challenges and Future Developments. First Asia Dairy Goat Conference, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Putra Malayasia.
  • Gibbons, G., White, P. (2012). Q fever in a Veterinary Hospital - an Unusual Epidemiology. Zoonoses, Sydney: Australian Society for HIV Medicine.
  • White, P., Bathgate, R., de Graaf, S. (2012). Sustainable student-led tutorials in Veterinary Physiology. Australian Veterinary Association conference, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • White, P. (2010). Studies into the epidemiology of congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in Australian beef herds. Australian College of Veterinary Scientists 2010 Annual Conference, Australia: Sydney University.
  • White, P., Toribio, J., Windsor, P. (2010). Studies of the epidemiology and risk factors involved in the pathogenesis of congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in Australia. XXVI World Buiatrics Congress, Chile: Cattle Congress.
  • White, P., Windsor, P., Toribio, J. (2009). Investigations into a congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef cattle herds of southeastern Australia. 12th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics ISVEE 2009, New Zealand: International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.
  • White, P., Windsor, P., Toribio, J. (2008). Acorn calf disease in Australia. Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians Annual Conference AACV 2008, Australia: The Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians.

2016

  • White, P. (2016). Could a trace mineral deficiency be associated with congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle in Australia? Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 100(1), 27-32. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2016). Effect of a topical anaesthetic formulation on the cortisol response to surgical castration of unweaned beef calves. Animal, 10(1), 150-156. [More Information]
  • Espinoza, C., McCarthy, D., White, P., Windsor, P., Lomax, S. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of a topical anaesthetic formulation and ketoprofen, alone and in combination, on the pain sensitivity of dehorning wounds in Holstein-Friesian calves. Animal Production Science, 56(9), 1512-1519. [More Information]
  • Hendry, G., White, P., Herbert, C. (2016). Providing exemplar-based ‘feedforward’ before an assessment: The role of teacher explanation. Active Learning in Higher Education, 17(2), 99-109. [More Information]
  • Fenner, K., Yoon, S., White, P., Starling, M., McGreevy, P. (2016). The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses’ Behavior, Eye Temperature, and Cardiac Responses. PloS One, 11(5), e0154179. [More Information]
  • Fenner, K., Yoon, S., White, P., Starling, M., McGreevy, P. (2016). The effect of noseband tightening on horses’ behaviour, eye temperature and cardiac responses. International Society for Equitation Science, N/A: N/A.

2015

  • Hill, E., McGreevy, P., Caspar, G., White, P., McLean, A. (2015). Apparatus use in popular equestrian disciplines in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 10(2), 147-152. [More Information]
  • McCarthy, D., Harris, C., Lomax, S., White, P. (2015). The effect of topical anaesthetic on the sensitivity of dehorning wounds and the effect of topical anaesthetic in combination with meloxicam on the cortisol response to dehorning in unweaned beef calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.
  • Lomax, S., Witenden, E., Windsor, P., White, P. (2015). Topical vapocoolant spray reduces perioperative pain of ear tagging and ear notching in calves. Congress on Controversies and Consensus in Bovine Health, industry and Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany: N/A.

2014

  • McCarthy, D., White, P., Lomax, S. (2014). Effect of Topical Anaesthesia on the Cortisol Response of Beef Calves to Castration. World Buiatrics Congres, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • Lomax, S., Windsor, P., White, P. (2014). Quantitative sensory testing for assessing wound pain and anaesthesia in livestock. Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • White, P. (2014). Supplementation with parenteral trace minerals did not prevent congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle. World Buiatrics Congres, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.

2013

  • White, P., Lomax, S., Espinoza, C., Windsor, P. (2013). Pain management for Australian Merino Sheep husbandry-Recent Developments. 8th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Veterinary Association Inc.

2012

  • White, P., Windsor, P. (2012). Congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef herds. The Veterinary Journal, 193(2), 336-343. [More Information]
  • Celi, P., White, P. (2012). Dairy Goat Farming in Australia: Current Challenges and Future Developments. First Asia Dairy Goat Conference, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Putra Malayasia.
  • Gibbons, G., White, P. (2012). Q fever in a Veterinary Hospital - an Unusual Epidemiology. Zoonoses, Sydney: Australian Society for HIV Medicine.
  • White, P., Bathgate, R., de Graaf, S. (2012). Sustainable student-led tutorials in Veterinary Physiology. Australian Veterinary Association conference, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.

2010

  • White, P., Windsor, P., Dhand, N., Toribio, J. (2010). Risk factors for congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef cattle herds in south-eastern Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 96, 36-48. [More Information]
  • White, P. (2010). Studies into the epidemiology of congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in Australian beef herds. Australian College of Veterinary Scientists 2010 Annual Conference, Australia: Sydney University.
  • White, P., Toribio, J., Windsor, P. (2010). Studies of the epidemiology and risk factors involved in the pathogenesis of congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in Australia. XXVI World Buiatrics Congress, Chile: Cattle Congress.
  • White, P., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Windsor, P. (2010). The association between congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle and drought in south-eastern Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 94(3-4), 178-184. [More Information]

2009

  • White, P., Windsor, P., Toribio, J. (2009). Investigations into a congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin in beef cattle herds of southeastern Australia. 12th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics ISVEE 2009, New Zealand: International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.

2008

  • White, P., Windsor, P., Toribio, J. (2008). Acorn calf disease in Australia. Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians Annual Conference AACV 2008, Australia: The Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians.

2007

  • White, P., Chapman, S. (2007). Two Students’ Reflections on Their Training in Animal Handling at the University of Sydney. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35(5), 598-599.

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