The outbreaks of avian influenza virus that swept through the upper Midwestern U.S. in 2015 and Indiana in 2016 pointed out deficiencies in biosecurity plans for many poultry farms. The outbreaks are over, for now, but experts suspect that avian flu virus is still present in U.S. wild bird populations. Migratory birds will be on the move again this fall and this means that U.S. poultry growers need to have tighter biosecurity procedures in place to try and keep the virus out of their flocks.
This webinar will broadcast at 10:00 AM Central.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to develop a practical risk- based biosecurity program.
- How to identify critical weak links in biosecurity program and practices
- Science based vector control and biosecurity interventions
- How to validate your biosecurity program
Dr. Gregory P. Martin, extension poultry educator at Penn State University Extension
Dr. Gregory P. Martin is an extension poultry educator for Penn State University Extension. His extension work revolves around improvements in poultry production and quality, business analysis and decision-making, emergency response & preparedness, mortality composting, nutrient management, and the control of pests and diseases on poultry farms. This includes farm security, animal welfare, animal emergency response teams and biosecurity along with the use of IPM as the first choice in pest control. Dr. Martin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Poultry Science and MBA from Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo, California. After several years of poultry industry and teaching work experience, Dr. Martin returned to Texas A&M University to earn a Ph.D. in Poultry Science.
Dr. Mueez Ahmad, technical support veterinarian at Neogen Corporation
Dr. Mueez Ahmad is a technical support veterinarian for Neogen Corporation. He specializes in preventative health management, disease diagnosis and implements interventions to achieve high food safety standards. He has conducts biosecurity training and audits in an effort to help prevent disease outbreaks. Prior to joining Neogen, he served as director of technical services for Coleman Natural Poultry/Draper Valley Holdings. Dr. Ahmad received his DVM from the Agriculture University, Pakistan and an MS in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University.
Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International. Dr Zavala holds a DVM and a specialty in poultry production from the University of Mexico; a Master of Science, a Master of Avian Medicine, and a PhD in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia. He has worked in broiler and breeding companies, vaccine companies, one diagnostic laboratory, two academic institutions and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Population Health, University of Georgia. His field of research is in applied virology (CIAV, IBDV, tumor viruses, ILT, enteric viruses and fowl adenovirus). He has 32 publications in peer-reviewed journals.