First Aviagen European Vet Forum Hits Mark

EU - Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, recently hosted the inaugural European Veterinary Forum. This meeting included veterinarians who support the health and welfare of Aviagen Grandparent (GP) stock across Europe as well as members of the internal Aviagen veterinary team.
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The forum focused on ways to consistently improve the health and welfare of GP stock and had a very interactive format: All participants were encouraged to play an active part in the meeting by presenting case studies on a number of topics and participating in group discussions.

In these group sessions, veterinarians compared and contrasted the individual vaccination programmes used by each operation, and suggested changes that would provide offspring with improved maternal antibody levels. Other topics discussed included antibiotic resistance, changes to rules governing antibiotic prescription across Europe, leg health, an update of the compartmentalisation project and monitoring of chick bacterial levels.

Vet Forum Attendees

Bill Stanley, Aviagen’s Veterinary Health Director for Europe, commented: “Aviagen stock across Europe is supported by a wealth of veterinary expertise and bringing this group together was an enormously valuable process. One of Aviagen’s greatest strengths is our commitment to sharing knowledge, experience and solutions from across the world; and this event was no different. However, the forum is only one part of a wide and continuous programme of technical support to assist our European GP teams to operate efficiently and allow delivery of high performance products to our customers.

It was a great platform to initiate regular, ongoing communication between the veterinarians supporting GP operations in Europe, and was the first of many discussions aimed at improving the health and welfare of Aviagen GP stock in the region. I am confident the discussions and decisions made by this group will lead to improved outcomes for our customers across Europe. ”

Margaret Hardy, a veterinarian providing support to Moy Park Limited, added: “The meeting has allowed me to meet fellow GP veterinarians, all of whom face the same day-to-day challenges in the health and management of GP stock. By meeting this group of vets, I have gained a valuable knowledge network to share clinical problems and experiences and exchange with them possible solutions to situations common to us all.”

The meeting also provided an opportunity to introduce Colin Adams and Babak Sanei, two new members of Aviagen’s veterinary team.

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