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Webinar: Avian influenza: strategic look at a world problem

Online - On-Demand Webinar

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have occurred in commercial poultry operations on every continent except Antarctica in the last decade, including this year’s outbreaks in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The impact of these outbreaks has increased along with the size of the poultry industry. The outbreak in the U.S. in 2015 was the world’s most expensive resulting in a loss of around 50 million birds, and the current H7H9 outbreak in China has claimed over 100 human lives.

Join a group of panelists from around the globe as they discuss steps that could be taken in the laboratory, on the farm and in the board room to better position the industry to deal with this ongoing challenge.



  • Current status of avian influenza outbreaks in U.S., Europe and Asia.

  • What steps will be needed to gain acceptance of compartmentalization as a means of continuing exports from countries with avian influenza outbreaks, particularly exports of genetic stock?

  • How could new developments in vaccine technology change the acceptance of vaccination as a means of avian influenza eradication

  • Lessons learned from recent avian influenza outbreaks.


This webinar is sponsored by Neogen, and is presented by WATT Global Media


Speaker Info:

Swayne_headshot_100pxDr. David Swayne, DVM, PhD, Laboratory Director, southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, USDA ARS

Dr. David E Swayne has been the Center Director of the US Department of Agriculture’s in-house high biocontainment laboratory for poultry health research, Southeastern Poultry Research Laboratory since 1994. He received his DVM and MSc in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Missouri, a PhD in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Georgia and is board certified in Veterinary Pathology and as a Poultry Veterinarian. His personal research has focused on pathobiology and control of avian influenza in poultry, especially vaccines and vaccines for control. Dr. Swayne has served on OIE international committees and has participated in missions or conferences on avian influenza control and biosafety/ biosecurity in numerous countries over the last two decades.


Sims_headshot_100pxDr. Leslie David Sims, consultant, Asia Pacific Veterinary Information Service, Australia

Dr. Les Sims is a veterinary consultant with over 30 years of experience, focusing primarily on farm animal disease management. He has a special interest and association with avian influenza, having been involved with outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza since 1985 (two outbreaks in Australia in 1985 and 1992). He was in charge of operations and played a major role in avian influenza control and prevention in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2002, while working for the Hong Kong government as an Assistant Director of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation. Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant, mainly through FAO and the World Bank, advising veterinary authorities on avian influenza in China, Thailand, Cambodia, North Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia and, especially, Viet Nam. He has provided technical support for HQ staff at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), written numerous papers on issues related to avian influenza control and prevention for FAO and others, and guided development of technical components for World Bank projects on avian influenza in Cambodia and Viet Nam.


Rossi_headshot_100pxDr. Aldo Rossi, Managing Director World Quality Assurance and Veterinary Services, Cobb-Vantress Inc.

Dr. Aldo Rossi began his career at Cargill in 1992, after receiving his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the University of California at Davis, focusing on poultry medicine. Since joining Cobb in 2000, he has served in various capacities, including veterinarian for the World Technical Support team, North American Director of Sales and Technical Service, and General Manager for the North American business unit.  As general manager, in addition to his previous North American responsibilities, he was responsible for US hatcheries, grandparent and great-grandparent production.

Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International

Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International.  Dr Zavala holds a DVM and a specialty in poultry production from the University of Mexico; a Master of Science, a Master of Avian Medicine, and a PhD in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia. He has worked in broiler and breeding companies, vaccine companies, one diagnostic laboratory, two academic institutions and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Population Health, University of Georgia. His field of research is in applied virology (CIAV, IBDV, tumor viruses, ILT, enteric viruses and fowl adenovirus). He has 32 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

This is the third webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series. 
This is the third webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series. 
This is the third webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series.