For Aviagen, advancing industry research and training the next generation of industry professionals are core values, and the company continually seeks out opportunities to support these priorities.

Aviagen has contributed to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) since 2012. This year for the first time, a portion of its donation will be earmarked for the “Aviagen/CPRC Post-Graduate Scholarship in Poultry Genetics.”

Continuing its long-term commitment to the CPRC and the Canadian poultry market, this year Aviagen will contribute $25,000 U.S. dollars (more than $32,000 Canadian dollars) to the CPRC’s Research Sponsorship Program. Of this donation, $5,000 will go to an Aviagen/CPRC graduate scholarship in Poultry Genetics, and Aviagen will play a role in the recipient selection process.

In addition to its support for the CPRC, Aviagen further demonstrates its commitment to Canadian poultry by supporting the country’s university research activities.

Advancing the future of the Canadian poultry industry

Scott Gillingham, Canadian regional business consultant for Aviagen, comments on the importance of the CPRC to the Canadian market. “Aviagen cares about people in the communities where we have a presence, and supporting the CPRC scholarship and sponsorship program is one way we can demonstrate our commitment to them.

We are honored to be a long-time sponsor of the CPRC, as their research is of considerable importance to the success of the Canadian market. This research benefits numerous stakeholders in the poultry value chain, and ultimately consumers of poultry. We’re extremely excited that the Aviagen graduate student scholarship, in cooperation with the CPRC, will now help to further the education of an aspiring Poultry Genetics professional.”

“Aviagen’s support throughout the years has helped us fund many research projects addressing critical issues such as poultry health and welfare, antibiotic-free production, food safety and environmental sustainability. In addition to the funding, Aviagen supports us by offering ongoing advice on these and other research topics and issues facing our industry,” adds Dr. Bruce Roberts, executive director of the CPRC. “By designating part of its contribution for education, Aviagen further demonstrates its dedication to the advancement of the current and future Canadian poultry industry.”

Call for submissions

The field of poultry genetics offers exciting career opportunities. Aviagen would like to encourage interested students to apply for the “Aviagen/CPRC Post-Graduate Scholarship in Poultry Genetics” at http://cp-rc.ca/funding/scholarships/aviagen/ before the deadline of Nov. 15.