Associate Professor Peter Groves

BVSc (Hons), MACVSc (Epidemiology), PhD
Senior Lecturer in Poultry Health  

C01A - Jl Shute - Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1612
Fax +61 2 9351 1693

Biographical details

Following graduation from the University of Sydney, Peter worked in small animal and equine veterinary practice before joining Pfizer Agricare as a Veterinary Research Officer.

Peter continued to work in the commercial environment with poultry research, veterinary and technical services managerial roles with Elanco Products, Ingham¿s Enterprises and Baiada Poultry. Currently Peter is Director of Zootechny Pty Ltd and consultant in poultry health. Peter completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2000 with a project on the epidemiology of the broiler ascites syndrome. Career History 1977 ¿ 1979 Veterinary practice (small animals, horses) 1980 ¿ 1981 Pfizer Agricare 1981 ¿ 1985 Elanco Products Company 1985 ¿ 1987 Ingham's Enterprises 1987 ¿ 2003 Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd 2003 ¿ present Zootechny Pty Ltd

Research interests

Research interests include epidemiological approaches to poultry disease management, with particular interests in broiler ascites syndrome, coccidiosis, Mareks' disease and Salmonella. Peter is currently part of a Poultry CRC research team studying Marek's Disease in broilers. This project has lead to a better understanding of MD virus epidemiology and has introduced a real time PCR test to detect MDV in poultry dust.

Peter is currently pursuing studies on the effects of an inactivated tri-valent salmonella vaccine in broiler breeders aimed at decreasing the overall prevalence of Salmonella on poultry meat.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Testing a model to initiate feather pecking in free-range laying hens. Alannah Helen MACKAY

Selected grants

2016

  • APSS 2016 Invited Speaker Travel Support; Groves P; Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Conference/Travel Grants.

2015

  • Evaluation of Supplemental Strontium on Eggshell Quality and Laying Hen Performance; Browning L, Groves P; Australian Poultry CRC/Research Support.
  • Avian Influenza Risk Mitigation for the Free-Range sector of the Australian Poultry Industry; Toribio J, Groves P, Singh M, Moloney B, Hernandez-Jover M; Australian Poultry CRC/Research Support.
  • Post-hatch management for improved broiler locomotion; Groves P, Muir W, Cowieson A, Browning L, Bradbury E; Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Research and Development Grant.

2014

  • Remediation of soil contaminated by Salmonella enterica to expedite plant or replant of vegetables; McConchie R, Bell T, Wilkinson K, Groves P, Phan-Thien K; Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA)/Research and Development Industry Call.
  • Opportunities to improve broiler locomotory ability; Groves P, Muir W; Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Research Priorities Program.
  • 2014 Australian Poultry Science Symposium - invited speaker Prof Sandra Velleman, Ohio State Uni and Prof Orna Halevy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Groves P; Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Travel Support.

2011

  • Egg incubation and broiler chicken leg weakness; Groves P, Muir W; Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Research Priorities Program.

2010

  • 2010 Australian Poultry Symposium - invited speaker Dr Birger Svihus, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Norway; Groves P; Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Travel Support.
  • 2010 Australian Poultry Science Symposium - invited speaker Dr Koen De Reu, University of Ghent, Belgium; Groves P; Australian Egg Corporation Ltd/Travel Support.

2009

  • Broiler chicken skeletal integrity and incubation; Groves P, Muir W; Australian Poultry CRC/Research Support.
  • Salmonella control in commercial layer flocks; Groves P; Australian Egg Corporation Ltd/Egg Industry Research and Development Program.
  • Broiler chicken skeletal integrity and incubation - Poultry CRC Project No. 09-24 USYD (Groves); Choct M, Groves P; Australian Poultry CRC/Research Support.

2008

  • 2009 Australian Poultry Science Symposium - invited speaker Prof Peter Cheeke, Oregon State University, USA; Groves P; Australian Egg Corporation Ltd/Travel Support.
  • 2000 Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney, February 2000; Groves P, Balnave D; Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)/Research and Development Grant.

2007

  • (POUL-CRC) -Core Agreements for Poultry CTC LTD - USYD collaboration on the terms of the Agreement; Evans G, Groves P, Harris A, Crossley P, Emery D.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2016). Earlier hatching time predisposes Cobb broiler chickens to tibial dyschondroplasia. Animal, in press. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, M., Moss, A., Groves, P., Wilkinson, S., Stuetz, R., Selle, P. (2016). The multidimensional causal factors of ‘wet litter’ in chickenmeat production. Science of the Total Environment, 562, 766-776. [More Information]
  • Banowary, B., Dang, V., Sarker, S., Connolly, J., Chenu, J., Groves, P., Ayton, M., Raidal, S., Devi, A., Vanniasinkam, T., et al (2015). Differentiation of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli using multiplex-PCR and high resolution melt curve analysis. PloS One, 10(9), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S., Cox, J. (2015). Response of layer and broiler strain chickens to parenteral administration of a live Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine. Poultry Science, 94(7), 1512-1520. [More Information]
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2014). A Meta-Analysis of Experiments Linking Incubation Conditions with Subsequent Leg Weakness in Broiler Chickens. PloS One, 9(7), e102682- 1-e102682- 8. [More Information]
  • Walkden-Brown, S., Islam, A., Groves, P., Rubite, A., Sharpe, S., Burgess, S. (2013). Development, Application, and Results of Routine Monitoring of Marek's Disease Virus in Broiler House Dust Using Real-Time Quantitative PCR. Avian Diseases, 57(2 SUPPL. 1), 544-554. [More Information]
  • Walkden-Brown, S., Islam, A., Islam, A., Burgess, S., Groves, P., Cooke, J. (2013). Pathotyping of Australian isolates of Marek's disease virus in commercial broiler chickens vaccinated with herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT) or bivalent (HVT/SB1) vaccine and association with viral load in the spleen and feather dander. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91(8), 341-350. [More Information]
  • Pavic, A., Groves, P., Bailey, G., Cox, J. (2010). A Validated Miniaturized MPN Method, Based on ISO 6579:2002, for the Enumeration of Salmonella from Poultry Matrices. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109(1), 25-34. [More Information]
  • Pavic, A., Groves, P., Cox, J. (2010). Utilization of a novel autologous killed tri-vaccine (serogroups B[Typhimurium], C [Mbandaka] and E [Orion]) for Salmonella control in commercial poultry breeders. Avian pathology, 39(1), 31-39. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S., Harris, T. (2016). Does administering a live Salmonella vaccine mixed into a killed vaccine actually work? 2016 Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC), PIX/AMC 2016, n/a: N/A.
  • Rault, J., Clark, K., Groves, P., Cronin, G. (2016). Effects of Light Intensity on Broiler Productivity and Leg Health. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2016). Hatchery effects on leg weakness. 2016 Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC), PIX/AMC 2016, n/a: N/A.
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2016). Hock Bruises in Broilers are Indicative of Leg Weakness. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Scott, A., Singh, M., Hernandez-Jover, M., Barnes, B., Glass, K., Moloney, B., Lee, A., Groves, P., Toribio, J. (2016). On-farm surveys to inform avian influenza risk assessment model. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Singh, M., Ruhnkle, L., De Koning, C., Drake, K., Hinch, G., Skerman, A., Scott, A., Hernandez-Jover, M., Groves, P., Toribio, J. (2015). Avian influenza risk to Australian poultry industry from free range farm practices. 14th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, n/a: N/A.
  • Muir, W., Groves, P. (2015). Incubation temperature: Influence on chick hatch time and bone ash. 26th Annual Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Hopcroft, R., Cowieson, A., Muir, W., Freilikh, J., Jovanovski, M., Groves, P. (2015). Residual Yolk Sac Calcium and Phosphorus Uptake Over Three Days. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Durali, T., Groves, P., Cowieson, A., Singh, M. (2014). Evaluating range usage of commercial free range broilers and its effect on bird performance using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. 25th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Muir, W., Groves, P. (2014). The impact of early incubation conditions on bone development in Cobb 500 broiler chicks. XIVth European Poultry Conference, Stravanger: NetPrint Bryne.
  • Durali, T., Singh, M., Groves, P., Cowieson, A. (2013). Comparison of free-range and conventional broiler performace and digestibility. 24th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: The Poultry Research Foundation University of Sydney and The Worlds Poultry Science Association.
  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S. (2012). Case Report: Adverse Reactions Following Parenteral Administration of Live Attenuated Salmonella Vaccine in a Strain of Layer Chickens. 23rd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Durali, T., Groves, P., Cowieson, A. (2012). Comparison of Performance of Commercial Conventional and Free Range Broilers. 23rd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2011). Incubation can Affect Broiler Leg Strength. 22nd Annual Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Sharpe, S., Groves, P. (2011). Persistance of Anti Salmonella Antibody in Egg Yolk Following Vaccination. 22nd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: The Poultry Research Foundation University of Sydney and The Worlds Poultry Science Association.
  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S., Muir, W. (2011). Salmonella Vaccination in Layers. 22nd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: The Poultry Research Foundation University of Sydney and The Worlds Poultry Science Association.

2016

  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S., Harris, T. (2016). Does administering a live Salmonella vaccine mixed into a killed vaccine actually work? 2016 Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC), PIX/AMC 2016, n/a: N/A.
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2016). Earlier hatching time predisposes Cobb broiler chickens to tibial dyschondroplasia. Animal, in press. [More Information]
  • Rault, J., Clark, K., Groves, P., Cronin, G. (2016). Effects of Light Intensity on Broiler Productivity and Leg Health. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2016). Hatchery effects on leg weakness. 2016 Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC), PIX/AMC 2016, n/a: N/A.
  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2016). Hock Bruises in Broilers are Indicative of Leg Weakness. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Scott, A., Singh, M., Hernandez-Jover, M., Barnes, B., Glass, K., Moloney, B., Lee, A., Groves, P., Toribio, J. (2016). On-farm surveys to inform avian influenza risk assessment model. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Dunlop, M., Moss, A., Groves, P., Wilkinson, S., Stuetz, R., Selle, P. (2016). The multidimensional causal factors of ‘wet litter’ in chickenmeat production. Science of the Total Environment, 562, 766-776. [More Information]

2015

  • Singh, M., Ruhnkle, L., De Koning, C., Drake, K., Hinch, G., Skerman, A., Scott, A., Hernandez-Jover, M., Groves, P., Toribio, J. (2015). Avian influenza risk to Australian poultry industry from free range farm practices. 14th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, n/a: N/A.
  • Banowary, B., Dang, V., Sarker, S., Connolly, J., Chenu, J., Groves, P., Ayton, M., Raidal, S., Devi, A., Vanniasinkam, T., et al (2015). Differentiation of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli using multiplex-PCR and high resolution melt curve analysis. PloS One, 10(9), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Muir, W., Groves, P. (2015). Incubation temperature: Influence on chick hatch time and bone ash. 26th Annual Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Hopcroft, R., Cowieson, A., Muir, W., Freilikh, J., Jovanovski, M., Groves, P. (2015). Residual Yolk Sac Calcium and Phosphorus Uptake Over Three Days. 27th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Sydney University.
  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S., Cox, J. (2015). Response of layer and broiler strain chickens to parenteral administration of a live Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine. Poultry Science, 94(7), 1512-1520. [More Information]

2014

  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2014). A Meta-Analysis of Experiments Linking Incubation Conditions with Subsequent Leg Weakness in Broiler Chickens. PloS One, 9(7), e102682- 1-e102682- 8. [More Information]
  • Durali, T., Groves, P., Cowieson, A., Singh, M. (2014). Evaluating range usage of commercial free range broilers and its effect on bird performance using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. 25th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Muir, W., Groves, P. (2014). The impact of early incubation conditions on bone development in Cobb 500 broiler chicks. XIVth European Poultry Conference, Stravanger: NetPrint Bryne.

2013

  • Durali, T., Singh, M., Groves, P., Cowieson, A. (2013). Comparison of free-range and conventional broiler performace and digestibility. 24th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: The Poultry Research Foundation University of Sydney and The Worlds Poultry Science Association.
  • Walkden-Brown, S., Islam, A., Groves, P., Rubite, A., Sharpe, S., Burgess, S. (2013). Development, Application, and Results of Routine Monitoring of Marek's Disease Virus in Broiler House Dust Using Real-Time Quantitative PCR. Avian Diseases, 57(2 SUPPL. 1), 544-554. [More Information]
  • Walkden-Brown, S., Islam, A., Islam, A., Burgess, S., Groves, P., Cooke, J. (2013). Pathotyping of Australian isolates of Marek's disease virus in commercial broiler chickens vaccinated with herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT) or bivalent (HVT/SB1) vaccine and association with viral load in the spleen and feather dander. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91(8), 341-350. [More Information]

2012

  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S. (2012). Case Report: Adverse Reactions Following Parenteral Administration of Live Attenuated Salmonella Vaccine in a Strain of Layer Chickens. 23rd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Durali, T., Groves, P., Cowieson, A. (2012). Comparison of Performance of Commercial Conventional and Free Range Broilers. 23rd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.

2011

  • Groves, P., Muir, W. (2011). Incubation can Affect Broiler Leg Strength. 22nd Annual Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
  • Sharpe, S., Groves, P. (2011). Persistance of Anti Salmonella Antibody in Egg Yolk Following Vaccination. 22nd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: The Poultry Research Foundation University of Sydney and The Worlds Poultry Science Association.
  • Groves, P., Sharpe, S., Muir, W. (2011). Salmonella Vaccination in Layers. 22nd Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney: The Poultry Research Foundation University of Sydney and The Worlds Poultry Science Association.

2010

  • Pavic, A., Groves, P., Bailey, G., Cox, J. (2010). A Validated Miniaturized MPN Method, Based on ISO 6579:2002, for the Enumeration of Salmonella from Poultry Matrices. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109(1), 25-34. [More Information]
  • Pavic, A., Groves, P., Cox, J. (2010). Utilization of a novel autologous killed tri-vaccine (serogroups B[Typhimurium], C [Mbandaka] and E [Orion]) for Salmonella control in commercial poultry breeders. Avian pathology, 39(1), 31-39. [More Information]

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