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Webinar: Global focus on broiler welfare

Online - On-Demand Webinar

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This webinar will look at broiler welfare from rearing through to slaughter, and cover not only large-scale production but also smaller-scale production and mass killing methods employed during disease outbreaks and emergencies.


  • Learn latest welfare developments in live broiler production

  • Discover best practice in both large- and small-scale poultry processing plants

  • Understand how to maintain best practice during mass culling in response to emergencies or disease outbreaks.

This webinar is sponsored by Cobb-Vantress, Inc., and is presented by WATT Global Media


Speaker Info:

Dr. Karen Christensen, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Arkansas

Dr. Karen Christensen, an associate professor and extension specialist at the University of Arkansas. She graduated from Washington State University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees; she then went on to get her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Christensen worked for many years in commercial broiler industry in all areas of production including litter management, ventilation, broiler management, brooding and live haul. She has experience in the areas of technical service including ELISA testing in broilers and breeders, feed and ingredient quality and testing. She serves on the board of directors at the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is the broiler welfare auditor trainer during the poultry trainings offered annually. In addition, she is the director at the University of Arkansas’s System’s Division of Ag Applied Broiler Research Farm and is a member of the Arkansas Nutrition Conference.


Jade Spence, Technical Officer, The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA)

Jade Spence has worked as a Technical Officer at the HSA since 2007 and, over the years, has been invited to visit a range of slaughtering facilities for farmed mammals, poultry and fish. Through HSA Education & Training initiatives, Jade has trained over 500 people in the techniques of humane handling and slaughter and writes HSA guidance documents for a range of species. Jade also regularly lectures to animal science and veterinary medicine students on animal welfare at slaughter and has co-authored scientific papers on humane slaughter of water buffalo, poultry and fish, including a paper for the 2014 OIE Scientific and Technical Review. 

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is over 100 years old and works closely and constructively with industry to improve animal welfare in the UK and internationally. Through educational, scientific and technical advances, the HSA encourages the highest standards of welfare for food animals during transport, marketing, slaughter for human consumption, and killing for disease control and other welfare reasons.

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.