The World Veterinary Poultry Association's XVIII Congress has started in Nantes, France, and runs until August 23.

There will be 145 oral communications given over 16 sessions and over 400 posters are being presented. Topics covered at the event range from the safety of poultry products, to viral and bacterial diseases, education and technology transfer and family poultry production.

Organized by GF-AMVA, the French branch of the World Veterinary Poultry Association, the event is thought to have attracted 1,250 attendees from around the world. This year's congress is hosting branches of the WVPA from Malaysia, Korea, Pakistan and the Philippines for the first time.

The next WVPA Congress will be in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2015.

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It's a destination, not just a conference

The 2017 event will return to Europe, and the first day of the 2013 congress saw a decision taken on which will be the next European host country and city, with Budapest, Edinburgh and Verona in the running.

The British bid won the day. The next European home for the World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress will be Edinburgh.

The British team, using the slogan "It's a destination, not just a conference," noted that it offered a strong scientific program along with all accommodation being within walking distance from the event's venues. The congress will follow the Edinburgh Festival Fringe -- the world's largest art festival -- with a welcome reception held in Edinburgh Castle.