Aviagen Completes 45th Production Management School

US - Aviagen recently completed its annual production management course.
calendar icon 11 July 2008
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This four-week workshop brings participants from around the world together to learn the latest information in all areas of poultry science and its practical application to managing successful breeder and broiler operations.

Aviagen is proud to have hosted a record number of attendees at this year’s course. Thirty-three participants representing 19 different countries attended Aviagen’s 45th Production Management School held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Bevill Center from 2 to 26 June. During the course, attendees from Argentina, Bangladesh, Holland, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Thailand, and Turkey came together to learn from Aviagen professionals and industry experts through a series of presentations, labs and workshops.

A number of industry professionals including Aviagen staff, consultants, suppliers and university professors spoke on a variety of issues related to the care and management of poultry. Topics included genetic and pedigree selection practices, general poultry production principles, hatchery management, veterinary and health issues, nutrition, environmental management and processing. Because of the many different countries and climates represented, the school provided a great opportunity to learn not only from instructors but also from each other’s experiences.

Participants of the 2008 Aviagen Production Management Course visit the company's Product Development facilities in Albertville, Alabama

In addition to the comprehensive education programme, the attendees had many opportunities to see the local sights and engage in leisure activities that included soccer games, visits to Nashville, shopping and white water rafting. Also, a graduation ceremony and dinner was held Thursday 26 June, when the 'students' were presented with their certificates of completion.

Attendance at the Aviagen School has become highly competitive with record numbers of applicants all vying for the opportunity to attend. The success of the school has been proven year after year as many of its past graduates have been promoted to leadership positions within their respective companies, often citing their attendance at the school as a major contributor to their success. It is also a testimony to the value of the course that each year, companies are willing to send their most valuable employees to the United States for a month to participate in this educational event.

The success of the Aviagen School is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of course managers, Neal Scanlon and Amy Boller. They work tirelessly to arrange speakers, venues, activities, transportation, meals and lodging for all of the course participants. Over the last 45 years, nearly 900 men and women from well over 100 countries have completed the Aviagen Production Management School.

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