Dr. Greg Mathis, owner and operator of Southern Poultry Research, Inc., was recently recognized with the 2018 Poultry Science Association Distinguished Poultry Industry Career Award, sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The award was presented during the annual Poultry Science Association meeting in San Antonio, Texas, by Barbara Jenkins, USPOULTRY vice president of education and student programs and USPOULTRY Foundation executive director.

The Distinguished Career Award recognizes distinctive, outstanding contributions by an industry leader. In addition to sponsoring the award, USPOULTRY also makes an annual contribution to the Poultry Science Association Foundation on behalf of the award recipient.

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“USPOULTRY is pleased to honor industry leaders exemplified by Dr. Mathis. He is widely recognized for his many years of work and contribution to poultry welfare within the industry. It is this kind of service and dedication that has helped make the poultry industry one of the most proficient and productive segments of modern animal agriculture,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.

Mathis received his BS from North Georgia College, and then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a brief time. He later enrolled at the University of Georgia and earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in the poultry science department. His doctoral work centered on control of coccidiosis, specializing in epidemiology, anticoccidial drugs and genetics. After receiving his Ph.D., Mathis started Southern Poultry Research, Inc., a private contract poultry research company. Southern Poultry Research, Inc. has now been in business for more than 30 years, serving the pharmaceutical and poultry industries working on nutritional, coccidiosis vaccination, Necrotic Enteritis and Salmonella. During that time, he has written numerous manuscripts and trade articles. He has also extensively made scientific presentations and lectures and has taught numerous poultry pathology courses both nationally and internationally. Mathis was awarded the American Poultry Historical Society Award. He is also an international judge for retriever dog trials.