Infectious bronchitis threatens nearly every poultry operation, and the effects are significant: respiratory disease, kidney damage, oviduct damage and reduced performance, among other challenges. And prevention of IB season after season is complex. Due to changing conditions and new virus strains, there is no one-size-fits-all model for protecting your operation. This can be illustrated by the latest developments with the GA08 strain in the U.S. and the QX strain in Europe.

Register at to attend “Current Challenges and Tools for Building Optimum IB Protection: Focus on U.S.” on January 19, 2015, at 9 a.m. Eastern (US)/3 p.m. (Paris/Berlin).

Poultry veterinarians, nutritionists, research and development and operations directors, production managers, farmers/producers, purchasing directors, and commercial directors in poultry integration should attend to learn:


  • Impact and prevalence of variant IB strains impacting production in your market
  • Keys for building an effective IB prevention program customized to meet challenges specific to your operation — from proper diagnosis through vaccine monitoring
  • Recent data illustrating the efficacy of strain-specific vaccines and their added value when used in conventional programs
  • How to combat the complexity of IB with customized vaccination programs that deliver cross-protection against emerging IB strains


The speakers for this webinar will be Holly S. Sellers and Kalen Cookson.

Holly S. Sellers is a professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her bachelor of science in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University, and her master’s degree and Ph.D in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include clinical and molecular virology, identification and characterization of avian viruses, epidemiology of avian viruses, development of molecular tools for identification of avian viruses, and enteric viral diseases of poultry. Sellers is active in the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the American Society for Virology, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and the Southern Conference on Avian Diseases. She won the Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award from the American Association of Avian Pathologists in 2004, and her work has appeared in many publications.

Dr. Kalen Cookson is the director of Clinical research for Zoetis. With Zoetis, he provides technical support, marketing support and conducts clinical research trials. Cookson earned a DVM from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Avian Medicine degree from the University of Georgia. He is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Cookson has worked for the California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System and has nearly 20 years of experience in biologicals. His expertise is in infectious diseases — including infectious bronchitis — and vaccination programming. Cookson has extended his efforts outside of the United States to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.