Keith Gooderham

  • Born: 1937 (United Kingdom)
  • Died: 2019
  • Inducted: 2017
Keith qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Liverpool University in 1962 and worked with Frank Jordan on avian mycoplasmas. He then spent 15 years with the Nickerson Group of Companies at Cherry Valley Farms working with ducks and pigs, and became one of the foremost experts on duck breeding. His expertise in duck health and welfare was unique and he advised government and other groups on welfare standards for waterfowl. Keith wrote several chapters on Diseases of Ducks for the 4th and 5th editions of Poultry Diseases.

Keith used his teaching skills to train Meat Inspectors and in 1981 he helped Maple Leaf Farms develop their European duck business. In 1984 he founded his own practice, which was one of the key facilities at that time providing testing for Salmonella in collaboration with colleagues in academia and government laboratories.

In 1987 Keith was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Poultry Medicine and Production. He was a past President and Honorary member of the British Veterinary Poultry Association and a member of the Poultry Veterinary Study Group. Keith sponsored the annual Waterfowl Lecture at BVPA and gave the inaugural lecture in 2007.

Keith used his incisive diagnostic ability, clarity of thought, and problem solving skills for the benefit of poultry keepers within the UK and across the world. He ensured that every student and poultry keeper gained knowledge and understanding to enable them to improve bird health and welfare. He always set the highest standards of veterinary care throughout his career. He offered advice and guidance to colleagues and brought his inimitable mix of intelligence, humour, troubleshooting skills and a large dose of common sense to any poultry related problem.

Keith was richly admired by all who knew him.

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