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Penn Vet Avian Expert to Share Infectious Coryza Insights at Annual Conference Focusing on Poultry, Diseases

By: Myrannda Kleckner | 814-863-6905 | Date: Aug 30, 2019

The 2019 Pennsylvania Poultry Sales and Service Conference and the 91st Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases (NECAD) will be held Sept. 11 and 12 in State College.


Dr. Sherrill Davison, Penn Vet, will present on Infectious Coryza during the 2019 NECAD Conference.[UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA] - The 2019 Pennsylvania Poultry Sales and Service Conference and the 91st Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases (NECAD) will be held Sept. 11 and 12 in State College.

The two-day annual conference touches on general topics important in the poultry industry, a NECAD session, and breakout sessions for turkeys, layers, and broilers. Breakout sessions will be led by industry professionals and faculty members from across the country.

“Industry representatives are encouraged to register to learn about current efforts to improve poultry health, management, and production strategies,” said Dr. John Boney, assistant professor of poultry science with the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. “Conference topics will also include in-depth knowledge about recent trends and issues pertinent to our industry.”

Among the courses planned for the NECAD symposium include Infectious Coryza in Pennsylvania - presented by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet's) Dr. Sherrill Davison, Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology - Ornithobacterium Rhinotracheale in Turkeys and Chickens, and Currently Available Infectious Coryza Vaccines and Their Uses. The NECAD afternoon session will include research presentations and student awards.

Wednesday's general sessions will include a poultry workforce development panel and courses on Critical Parameters and Management of Water and Feed Quality. Wednesday evening will include a social hour with a meet-and-greet with Penn State Poultry Science Club students, providing an excellent opportunity to interact with the next generation of poultry industry professionals.

Thursday’s schedule includes three concurrent sessions focusing on boilers, turkeys and layers, respectively. Courses in these sessions include Overcoming Workforce Deficit with Automation, Biosecurity Breaches and Disease Outbreak, and How to Protect Turkey Flocks from Heat Stress, among others.

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists members will be able to earn up to 10 continuing education credits for this workshop.

The conference is designed for sales and service providers in the commercial poultry industry and will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College. It is presented by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and its Department of Animal Science along with the University of Delaware’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

The registration fee is $175. The full conference schedule and online registration can be found at or by contacting Tina Westley at 814-865-1362. The registration deadline is Sept. 1, although walk-ins will be accepted at the door on the day of the conference.



About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.