William Van Wettere

Dr William Van Wettere

Lecturer

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research interests are broad, but focus primarily on developing management strategies to improve the reproductive performance of female production animals (in particular pigs, sheep and cattle). This includes:

  • increasing neonatal survival, as well as their growth and reproductive potential
  • developing phenotypic markers of reproductive potential and longevity, 
  • improving the quality of oocyte/embryo donors and embryo recipients,
  • alleviating seasonal infertility
  • improving ovarian function.
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2009 Senior Lecturer, Intensive Livestock (pigs) The University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    The University of Adelaide Australia PhD

Below are grants and funding, from 2013 onwards, including current projects

New approaches to increase the weaning rate of the national sheep-flock: MLA, 2017 to 2022

Maternal caffeine supplementation in early lactation, effects on piglet viability, growth and survival: Pig Industry Fund, 2018

Fenceline boar exposure at the end of lactation to improve reproductive performance of group-housed sows: Pork CRC, 2017 - 2018

Effect of maternal supplementation with creatine and caffeine prior to farrowing on piglet growth and survival: a commercial study: Australian Pork, 2016 to 2018

Alleviating seasonal infertility and increasing the female: male ratio in litters by manipulating dietary intake of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids: Australian Pork, 2016 - 2018

Reducing the confinement of peri-parturient and lactating sows: Pork CRC, 2015 - 2017

Reducing sow stress around farrowing: Pork CRC, 2015 - 2018

Conception to culling - effective management of the gilt to optimize reproduction and longevity: Australian Pork, 2015 - 2019

Maternal creatine monohydrate supplementation: A novel strategy to buffer the neonate against hypoxia and reduce preweaning mortality: Australian Pork, 2013 to 2015

I teach across a number of courses, my primary teaching areas are animal husbandry, pig production and  reproductive endocrinology and physiology. I co-ordinate two undergraduate courses:

Animal Handling and Husbandry (year one)

Pig Production: Science into Practice (summer elective, involving undergraduate students and industry representatives)

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Colostrum Quality in Merino Ewes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Bianca Agenbag
    2019 Principal Supervisor Amino Acid Supplementation of Pregnant Ewes to Improve Lamb Survival Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Niki Louise Mc Carthy
    2018 Principal Supervisor Improving Lamb Survival Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tom Flinn
    2017 Principal Supervisor Phenotypic markers of lifetime reproductive performance in sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jamee Daly
    2015 Co-Supervisor Conception to culling-effective management of the gilt to optimise reproduction and longevity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Lauren Mackenzie Staveley
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Optimising the management of group housed, gestating sows Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Emma Catharine Greenwood
    2010 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Managing the lactating sow to stimulate lactation oestrus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Robyn Terry
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The induction of a fertile oestrus in lactating sows and the subsequent effect mating in lactation has on oocyte quality and embryo survival Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alice Caroline Weaver
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Pork CRC Research and Development Committee
    2009 - ongoing Member Pork CRC education committee Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83137911
  • Email: william.vanwettere@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Corridor Block, floor G
  • Room: G 03
  • Org Unit: Veterinary Science

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