Dr Peter Hastie
- Senior Lecturer (Veterinary Science & Education )
- Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
I joined the School of Veterinary Medicine (originally the Faculty) in 2004 as a postdoctoral research assistant, following several years at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth completing a PhD and then postdoctoral work. I have had a varied and evolving career from my early days in the farming industry through to my current post as Senior Lecturer, via Agricultural College and University as a mature student. My applied roots have played an essential role in my career as an academic and research scientist. Therefore, my teaching and research interests are diverse involving both production animal and companion animal husbandry, nutrition and reproduction.
Current position & roles – Senior Lecturer; PGR Convenor; PGT Convenor; MSc Animal Nutrition Programme Director; Accreditation Lead; Neurodiversity Champion
Diversity and Inclusion Interests:
I am the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Neurodiversity Champion, leading a neurodiversity support network for staff and students who may be affected, directly or indirectly, with the variety of disorders under this banner, i.e. autistic spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. I am also a member of the School’s wider Gender Equality Group under the Athena SWAN initiative.
My research interests are diverse but are broadly related to aspects of large animal nutrition, reproduction and academic scholarship.
The effect of diet, including supplementation, on digestibility, health, behaviour and the gut microbiome in ruminants, horses and monogastrics.
Development of intraruminal boluses.
Folliculogenesis in ruminants;
Development of intravaginal devices for drug delivery, including using sheep as a model for investigations into gynaecological and obstetric conditions or diseases.
Using novel and digital approaches to support student engagement, learning and transitioning to University.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow
- Development of an in vitro system to estimate total tract digestibility in horses (Waltham; 2020-2024) – PhD Scholarship
- Evaluation of secondary plant metabolites as a means of improving nutrient efficiency and decreasing environmental pollutants in ruminants (Alltech, 2020-2024) – PhD scholarship
- Effect of feed processing and feed additives on diet digestibility and the microbiome of ruminants and horses (I’Ansons bros.; 2017-2021) - PhD scholarship
- Effect of feed supplements on digestibility and microbial populations in ponies (AB Vista; 2015-2020) – PhD scholarship & 1 year postdoctoral assistant
- Real time control of gasifiers to increase tolerance to biomass variety and reduce emissions (EPSRC; 2015-2018)
- Rumen bolus development (Rumbol Ltd; 2013 – ongoing)
- Vaginal ring development (Controlled Therapeutics then Ferring Pharmaceuticals; 2010 – ongoing)
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Real time control of gasifiers to increase tolerance to biomass variety and reduce emissions
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
2015 - 2018
- Garber, Anna
Effect of feed pre-treatment on feed digestibility in the horse
Viola Farci – Evaluation of feed processing and feed additives on diet digestibility and the microbiome of ruminants and horses (2017 – present)
Katie Williams (part-time) – Analysis of feeding practices in equine hospitals (2017 – present)
Anna Garber – The effect of feed supplements on digestibility and microbial populations in ponies (2015 – present)
Allison Craig – Strategic use of NSPases in broiler diets to increase productivity by improving gut health (2015 – 2019)
Noor Syaheera Binti Ibrahim – Peripartal disease and reproductive function in high-yielding dairy cows (2015 – 2019)
Louise Bulmer (part-time) – High-starch dietary induced alterations to equine hindgut microbiota are associated with changes in neurochemistry and behaviour (2014 – present)
Holly Ferguson – Studies of the responses of cattle and sheep to rapidly fermentable carbohydrate challenges (2014 – 2018)
Laura Beeson – An investigation into the possible health-promoting modes of action of regular- and super-doses of phytase in the broiler chicken (2012 – 2016)
Adekunle Adebiyi – The nutritional value for poultry and pigs of biofuel co-products (2011 - 2014)
Nanung Danar Dono – Organic acids and essential oils in broiler nutrition (2010 – 2013)
Programme Director – MSc Animal Nutrition
Courses I teach on:
- MSc Animal Nutrition
- Digestive Anatomy & Physiology (co-Course Leader)
- Nutrition & Health (Course Leader)
- Equine Nutrition
- Current Topics in Animal Nutrition (Course Leader)
- Research Methods for Animal Sciences (Course Leader)
- Animal Nutrition Dissertation (Course Leader)
- Module 1 – A Little Bit of Everything
- Module 3 – Digestion
- Module 4 – Infectious Diseases
- Module 5 – Reproduction
- Module 4.22 – Reproduction & Fertility (Deputy Course Leader)
- BSc Veterinary Biosciences
- Year 2 Applied Animal Management (Deputy Course Leader)
- MSc Food Security
- Foods of Animal Origin
- Global Animal Production