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|4:00 p.m.||Registration Opens|
|5:00 - 7:00 p.m.||Reception sponsored by Merck Animal Health|
|6:00 a.m.||Continental Breakfast sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, ClearView Enterprises/Proxy Clean, Huvepharma, and LANXESS Corporation|
|7:00 a.m.||Registration Opens|
|8:00 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Claudia Osorio, Chairperson, DCA Poultry Health and Welfare Committee
|8:10 a.m.||Overview of Key Economic Indicators
Mark Jordan, LEAP Market Analytics
|9:05 a.m.||Overview of the 2022 H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Situation
Dr. Mary Pantin-Jackwood, USDA
|9:35 a.m.||Questions and Answers|
|10:05 a.m.||Comparing Methods of Mass Depopulation
Dr. Kenneth Anderson, North Carolina State University
|10:30 a.m.||Depopulation Panel Discussion
Dr. Julie Gauthier, USDA; Dr. Cia Johnson, AVMA; Dan Hougentogler, Hougentogler Enterprises LLC; Dr. Kenneth Anderson, North Carolina State University
|11:15 a.m.||Trade & Vaccination Panel Discussion
Garrett Borkhuis, USAPEEC; Dawn Hunter, USDA; Dr. Julie Gauthier, USDA
|11:45 a.m.||Questions and Answers|
|12 p.m.||Lunch sponsored By DSM Nutritional Products, Elanco, WATT Global Media, and Zoetis|
|1:15 p.m.||Basic Science of Natural NAE additives
Dr. Mike Kogut, USDA ARS
|1:40 p.m.||Research & Evaluation of NAE additives
Dr. Greg Mathis, Southern Poultry Research
|2:05 p.m.||No Antibiotics EVER: Navigating A Poultry Production Ultimatum
Dr. Corissa Robinson, Best Veterinary Solutions, Inc.
|2:35 p.m.||Questions and Answers|
|2:50 p.m.||Break sponsored by MEYN America and York Ag Products|
|3:10 p.m.||Broiler Health Challenges in NAE production
Dr. Tyler Gamble, Pilgrim's Pride
|3:40 p.m.||Experiences in NAE production
Dr. Scott Gustin, Tyson Foods
|4:05 p.m.||A Novel Presentation of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in Young Broilers
Dr. Isabella Hannay, University of Georgia
|4:25 p.m.||Questions and Answers|
|5:15 p.m.||Reception sponsored by Hawkins|
|6:00 p.m.||Maryland Seafood Buffet Dinner|
|1:15 p.m.||FSIS Salmonella Updates
Dr. Hany Sidrak, USDA FSIS
|1:55 p.m.||Regulatory Update: Industry Perspective
Dr. Ashley Peterson, National Chicken Council
|2:25 p.m.||Questions and Answers|
|2:40 p.m.||Break sponsored by MEYN America and York Ag Products|
|2:55 p.m.||AFIA's Safe Feed/Safe Food Program: An Overview
Dr. Paul Davis, American Feed Industry Association
|3:25 p.m.||Live Production Salmonella Interventions without Vaccines
Dr. Chuck Hofacre, Southern Poultry Research Group
|3:55 p.m.||Labor shortages and Automation Solutions Discussion
Dr. Juan De Villena, Wayne Farms LLC; Eric Nolten, Meyn
|4:40 p.m.||Questions and Answers|
|5:15 p.m.||Reception sponsored by Hawkins|
|6:00 p.m.||Maryland Seafood Buffet Dinner|
|6:30 a.m.||Continental Breakfast sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, ClearView Enterprises/Proxy Clean, Huvepharma, and LANXESS Corporation|
|7:00 a.m.||Registration opens|
Dr. Claudia Osorio, Chairperson, DCA Poultry Health and Welfare Committee
|8:10 a.m.||HPAI Lessons Learned & Improvements for the Future
Dr. Julie Gauthier, USDA; Dr. Michael Quist, Mountaire Farms
|9:10 a.m.||Break sponsored by MEYN America and York Ag Products|
|9:30 a.m.||Necrotic Enteritis Prevention/Treatment
Dr. Chuck Hofacre, Southern Poultry Research Group
|10:05 a.m.||Infectious Bronchitis: Current situation and control strategies for DMV 1639
Dr. Mark Jackwood, CEVA
|10:35 a.m.||Questions and Answers|
|10:50 a.m.||Growout and Production Broiler Breeder's Trends in Mortality - What is happening
Dr. Jose Bruzual, Aviagen
|11:15 a.m.||Pullet Mortality in Broiler Breeders
Dr. Bret Rings, Cobb Vantress
|11:40 a.m.||Questions and Answers|
|9:30 a.m.||From Routine to Catastrophic Mortality Management - Preparing Your Producers for the Next Outbreak of Avian Influenza
Gary Flory, Gary Flory Consulting
|10:10 a.m.||Managing Threats From Migratory Birds at Poultry Facilities
Kevin Sullivan, USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services
|10:30 a.m.||Field Necropsy Training
Dr. Dan Bautista, Zoetis
|10:50 a.m.||Questions and Answers|
|11:00 a.m.||HPAI Swab Training
Dr. Karen Lopez, Delaware Department of Agriculture
|11:20 a.m.||Stepping up Biosecurity
Georgie Cartanza, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
|11:40 a.m.||Questions and Answers|
|11:50 a.m.||Lunch sponsored By DSM Nutritional Products, Elanco, WATT Global Media, and Zoetis|
|1:00 p.m.||Outstanding Flock Supervisor Awards
Far Nasir, DCA President
|1:15 p.m.||How to Promote Non-uniformity in Hatch
Dr. Mike Wineland, Hatchery Consultant
|1:35 p.m.||Litter Management Strategies
Joshua Payne, Poultry Guard
|1:55 p.m.||Ammonia Control
Jared Thomson, Integrated Poultry Services
|2:15 p.m.||Ventilation and Bird Comfort Research
Dr. Jon Moyle, University of Maryland Extension
|2:35 p.m.||Questions and Answers|
Kenneth E. Anderson, Professor and Extension Specialist, Prestage Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University has been on faculty since 1990. Ken Anderson was raised on a poultry layer farm near Morris, IL. He received his BS in 1979 from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale in Animal and Agricultural Industries. Worked as the General Manager of State Line Egg Producers Cooperative, Inc., Beatrice, NE a Poultry Cooperative headquartered in Kansas for 3.5 years. In 1983 he accepted the Superintendents position at the T.B. Avery Poultry Research Unit with a research/teaching appointment in the Dept. of Animal Science at Kansas State University. Simultaneously, he completed his MS in 1987 and PhD. in 1990 in Poultry Management.
At NCSU, Dr. Anderson's responsibilities include Extension, Research and Teaching responsibilities in laying hen husbandry, management and nutrition, and teaching classes in Live Poultry and Poultry Product Evaluation, Grading, and Inspection and Commercial Egg Production. His research programs at the Piedmont Research Station include free range, cage-free, enriched colony cage, enrichable colony cage, conventional cage production, nutrition, and egg quality and safety in processing. During the past 31 years, Dr. Anderson has authored or co-authored over 123 peer reviewed journal publications, 192 abstracts, 83 Extension articles and NC Layer Management Test Reports, and several other miscellaneous publications. He has also co-authored 9 book chapters and has been invited nationally and internationally to approximately 185 conference presentations with proceedings, and over 128 extension-type presentations at industry meetings.
In 2020 Dr. Anderson was inducted as a PSA Fellow and received the Evonik award for Achievements in Poultry Science. In 2019 the he and his team received the NCACES Outstanding Subject Matter Program Team Award: Egg Industry training program on "Ventilation Shutdown Plus (VSD+) Training" and he received the USPOULTRY: Dr. Charles Beard Research Excellence Award, in recognition of outstanding Research for the Poultry Industry. In 2018, the CAST Educational Materials Award, Certificate of Excellence for all of the authors efforts in creation of "Impact of Free-range Poultry Production Systems on Animal Health, Human Health, Productivity, Environment, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare Issues". In 2017 the NC Egg Assn. recognized him as "A Good Egg". Dr Anderson was awarded the Poultry Science Poultry Welfare Research Award (2012) and Association Phibro Extension Award (2003) for his professional accomplishments. Dr. Anderson has served NC State University as an IACUC member for 20 years and chaired the committee for four years. In addition, he has served on the Animal Care Committee of the Poultry Science Association and as a representative on the AAALAC Board of Trustees and now House of Delegates for 19 years. Currently, Dr. Anderson is currently serving on the AAALAC Board of Directors as Secretary. He is a founding association representative for PSA on the Board of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc., (PAACO) where he serves as Secretary of the BOD.
Garrett Borkhuis is the Director of Trade and Technical Services for the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), an industry-sponsored trade organization dedicated to increasing exports of U.S. poultry and egg products in all foreign markets through marketing, trade policy and technical programs. Garrett received his Bachelor's in Agribusiness from the University of Georgia and joined USAPEEC in 2017 as the Marketing Manager for the Asian and Eurasian Economic Union markets.
Dr. Jose Bruzal
Dr. Jose J. Bruzual received his Veterinary degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela. He earned a Masters degree in Poultry Science from North Carolina State University and also a Master in Avian Medicine from the University of Georgia. Dr. Bruzual has spent time working for major companies including Perdue Farms, Embrex, Inc. (now Zoetis) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the US. Dr. Bruzual had been a part of the Aviagen Global Veterinary Team since December 2010, currently covering North and Latin America. Since 2012, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia.
Paul Davis serves as the Director of Quality, Animal Food Safety and Education for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). He joined AFIA in 2017 to lead the association's Safe Feed/Safe Food programs as part of AFIA's legislative and regulatory team. Additionally, he serves as the staff liaison for the quality/animal food safety, nutrition and liquid feed committees within AFIA, and the staff liaison for the research committee in the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER). Prior to his current role, Dr. Davis has served on boards of directors for Cooperative Research Farms, Tennessee Grain and Feed Association and American Feed Industry Association. He currently serves on the membership committee for US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the nominating committee for Farm Credit Mid-America and the certification committee for Eurofins Food Assurance. Prior to joining AFIA, he was Director of Feed and Animal Health for Tennessee Farmers Co-op and President of Appalachian Feeds, LLC. Dr. Davis is a board-certified animal nutritionist through the American College of Animal Scientists and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Tennessee Technological University, and Master of Science in ruminant nutrition/beef cattle management, Master of Agribusiness in food and resource economics, and Doctor of Philosophy in ruminant nutrition from the University of Florida. Throughout his career, has been keenly focused on animal nutrition research, feed manufacturing and food animal production. A highly sought-after speaker and trainer, he has presented to audiences across the U.S. and internationally, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 abstracts, journal articles, grants and popular press pieces. Dr. Davis lives in Lascassas, Tennessee with his wife Rachel and young daughter Lexie.
Dr. Juan DeVillena
Dr. Juan "Juanfra" DeVillena is a renowned food safety professional with well-rounded experience in the poultry industry. He started in the poultry industry working as a Research Assistant at the Food Safety Laboratory at the University of Maryland, Nutrition and Food Science Department. He completed his antibiotic resistant research in poultry at the U.S. FDA - Center for Veterinary Medicine in Maryland and later worked for Perdue Farms in Delaware, as Production Supervisor and FSQA Supervisor. He has been working for Wayne-Sanderson Farms (currently the third largest poultry producing in the USA) since 2004 in various roles with increasing responsibility, starting as a QA supervisor, QA manager, Plant Manager and Operations Manager at the Pendergrass, GA complex. He moved into his current role of Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety in 2017. Juanfra received his B.S. in Food Science and his professional degree in Food Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru; his master's degree (M.S.) in Food Science from the University of Maryland and in 2022 received his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Animal Science at Texas Tech University, receiving a nomination for the "Outstanding Research Award". Juanfra is a devoted lecturer at international forums & conferences as well as at prestigious Universities such as Auburn University, University of North Georgia, Texas Tech University, University of Georgia, and University of Arizona. Juanfra currently serves as the chairman for the Advisory Committee to the Agricultural Technology Research Program at Georgia Tech and was featured as the "Science Profile" for the February 2021 edition of MeatingPlace magazine as well as in the MeatingPlace podcast #53 of February 2022. Juanfra also serves in several planning committees with the US Poultry & Egg Association.
Gary Flory is the Agricultural Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, Gary provides leadership on numerous issues surrounding the nexus of agriculture, the environment, and public health. He also founded G.A. Flory Consulting, a global consulting firm, to help clients with a range of services including animal disease and natural disaster response, agricultural emergency planning, and emergency response training. Gary has conducted training, given presentations, and deployed on animal disease outbreaks to a number of countries including the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Tunisia, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Azerbaijan. He supports many organizations including the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). Gary currently serves on FAO’s African Swine Fever Global Pool of Expertise. In addition to numerous other articles, reports, and guidance documents, Gary was an author of FAO’s Carcass management guidelines - Effective disposal of animal carcasses and contaminated materials on small to medium-sized farms and USDA’s Catastrophic Livestock Composting Protocol and Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. He was awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership.
Tyler Gamble received his BS in Poultry Science and Technology from Louisiana State University, DVM from Mississippi State University, MAM from the University of Georgia, and is board certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. After graduation, he worked as a technical consultant at Elanco for 2 years covering the southeast. For the past 5 years, Tyler has worked for Pilgrim's as a corporate veterinarian covering various complexes in the US and Puerto Rico based in Athens, GA.
Dr. Julie Gauthier
Dr. Julie Gauthier received a DVM degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After working in mixed animal practice in Florida and Connecticut, she earned a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University School of Public Health in 2002. Julie joined USDA APHIS Veterinary Services in 2002 as a field Veterinary Medical Officer investigating animal disease outbreaks in southeastern Florida. In 2008, she moved to Raleigh, NC where she has worked in several different roles for Veterinary Services: evaluating foreign countries' animal health status, preparing the nation for animal disease outbreaks such as avian influenza, and in her current role, coordinating national poultry health programs, including the response to the 2022 HPAI outbreak. Julie also serves as a Veterinary Preventive Medicine Officer with a U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs battalion.
Scott Gustin is a native of Gloucester, Virginia growing up on a small family farm raising registered Angus and Hereford cattle. He received his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Virginia Tech in 1999 and 2002. He went on to receive his Masters in Avian Medicine at the University of Georgia. In 2004 he began his veterinary career at Cobb-Vantress in Siloam Springs. While at Cobb his job functions included technical service for North America and Asia, internal veterinary service, and the World Director for Quality Assurance, focusing on Salmonella eradication programs. For the past 10 years he has held the position of Director of Veterinary Services, Domestic Poultry, for Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas.
Isabella Hannay is a current Master of Avian Medicine (MAM) student at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine, UK. During vet school, Isabella completed several research projects including the use of feed enzymes in broilers and Avian Malaria in Humboldt Penguins. Every vacation period was spent completing placements with poultry veterinarians to learn as much as possible about broilers, layers, turkeys and game birds. Following vet school, Isabella worked for Aviagen in Scotland where she got to work with primary breeders and spend time in their hatcheries. She started the MAM in June 2021 and since then has greatly expanded her knowledge and skillset. Isabella hopes to work with broilers and broiler breeders in the US following her graduation from the MAM program. Outside of poultry, Isabella enjoys exploring Georgia's walking trails with her small dog and helping her parents through the challenges of running a sheep farm in England's Peak District.
Dr. Charles Hofacre
Charles Hofacre (Chuck) is from a small Ohio farming community, Wooster. He holds a B.S. in Agriculture, an M.S. in Poultry Science, and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. He also has a Master of Avian Medicine and PhD in Veterinary Medical Microbiology from The University of Georgia. The positions he has held were as Director of Veterinary Medicine at a turkey production company, Cuddy Farms, Inc. in Marshville, NC. He then served 7 years as a Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors for Ross Breeders, Inc., in Huntsville, Alabama. Following Ross Breeders, he was the Manager of Technical Service for Bayer's poultry business in the U.S. Chuck served as the Executive Vice President of the poultry veterinary organization, the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP), from 2003 to 2016. Chuck retired from The University of Georgia after 19 years as a Professor in the Department of Population Health and the Director of Clinical Services for the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in Athens, Georgia. In May 2013, Chuck and his wife Christa started a private contract research company The Southern Poultry Research Group near Athens, Georgia.
Daniel P. Hougentogler
Daniel P. Hougentogler graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Dan has worked in the area of poultry disease response and research for UD from 2007-2022. During this time his programs and research included depopulation, viral load reduction treatments, and regional and international training programs. Since 2009 Dan has been involved with international training such as UD's Emergency Poultry Disease Response and Regionalization Symposium where Dan instructed and demonstrated the best tools and options for poultry disease management. Dan was involved in the 2015 HPAI outbreak in Minnesota training contractors on proper depopulation and PPE techniques. During the 2022 HPAI outbreak Dan held many roles within the response focused on depopulation and biosecurity in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. During his free time Dan enjoys relaxing by the bay with his wife and three Labradors.
Dr. Dawn Hunter
Dr. Dawn Hunter earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science and her professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University. She also earned a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has worked as a Federal Veterinarian with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 15 years serving in public health and animal health capacities. She currently works in APHIS Veterinary Services as the Trade Policy Advisor.
Dr. Mark Jackwood
Dr. Mark W. Jackwood was the J. R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine and Head of the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia, Athens GA (retired September 2022) and is now Professor Emeritus and Senior Technical Advisor for CEVA Animal Health. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Delaware, and his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Poultry Science at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jackwood is a molecular virologist and his primary areas of expertise are poultry respiratory viruses particularly avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). Dr. Jackwood has published on the use of molecular techniques for the identification, characterization, and control of that virus. He also has studied genetic diversity, mutation rates, and evolutionary trends among coronaviruses to elucidate mechanisms that can lead to the emergence of new viruses capable of causing diseases in animals and humans. He works closely with the poultry industry to solve economically important health problems and is responsible for the development of several attenuated live vaccines for IBV currently being used in commercial poultry. That work has led to three patents for vaccines and two pending patent applications.
Dr. Cia Johnson
Dr. Cia Johnson became AVMA's director of animal welfare in 2016 after serving seven years as an assistant director focusing on animal welfare issues in food animal production and handling practices. Her background is in agriculture and animal welfare issues pertaining to equine, livestock, and poultry. She earned her DVM and a master of science in animal science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a master of science degree in international animal welfare, ethics, and law from the University of Edinburgh.
Mark Jordan is the Executive Director and Senior Livestock Economist for LEAP Market Analytics, an agricultural market research and consulting firm that specializes in economic analysis of the cattle/beef, swine/pork, broiler, turkey, and table egg industries. Prior to starting LEAP Market Analytics in 2016, Mark served as a commodity market analyst and Director of Poultry and Egg Services with Informa Economics for nearly a decade. His professional experience also includes time as a faculty member at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro as an Instructor of Agricultural Economics and as an Agricultural Statistician with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Mark holds a Bachelor's in Agricultural Business from Arkansas State University and Master's in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas. He was raised on a beef cattle and contract broiler farm operation in rural Arkansas.
Dr. Mike Kogut
Dr. Kogut is a Research Microbiologist and Lead Scientist at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, TX. Dr. Kogut has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 11 book chapters, and has received 5 patents. Dr. Kogut's research has concentrated on the development of cost-effective immunological interventions to improve gut health by studying the role of the microbiota in immunity to infection; the role of dietary metabolites in promoting immune regulation and immune responses to pathogens; characterizing novel molecular targets that mediate the actions of dietary compounds in inflammation and immunity; and understanding the integration of central metabolic pathways and nutrient sensing with antimicrobial immunity.
Dr. Greg Mathis
Dr. Greg Mathis is from Gainesville, Ga, often recognized as the Poultry Capitol of the World. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from North Georgia College. He then worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. He later enrolled at the University of Georgia and earned his Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the Poultry Science Department. His doctoral work centered on control of Coccidiosis, specializing in epidemiology, anticoccidial drugs, and vaccination. After receiving his Ph.D. he started Southern Poultry Research, Inc. a private contract poultry research company. He was awarded the US Poultry and Egg Distinguished Poultry Career award, the National Chicken Council Research award, and the American Poultry Historical Society Award. He is also an international judge for retriever dog trials.
Dr. Jon Moyle
Dr. Jonathan "Jon" Moyle is the Extension Poultry Specialist for the University of Maryland. He attended Brigham Young University where he received his B.S. in animal science. Afterwards, he worked for 15 years, during which time he managed a turkey farm and then owned and operated a broiler breeder farm, before returning to the University of Arkansas were he got his M.S. and Ph.D. in poultry science. After completion of his Ph.D. he served a postdoc position with the USDA-ARS, in Fayetteville, Ark. before joining University of Maryland Extension. His previous research outreach has included reproductive management and behavior in broiler breeders, improving organic and free range poultry production, along with looking for natural compounds that can be used to help growers prevent and control disease. His current position involves educating growers through classes and other media, as well as conducting on-farm research to help growers improve production, sustainability and bird well-being. A large part of his programing involves assisting growers to comply with and understand government regulations. Additionally, he is currently looking at ways to help growers improve nutrient management, farm management, and biosecurity. He has also worked on over 25 international projects through Farmer-to-Farmer and other organizations assisting small farmer in various parts of the world.
Eric Nolten grew up in the Netherlands and finished his Bachelor of Engineering degree with the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. Eric started working with MEYN in the Netherlands directly out of college having worked summer jobs with MEYN prior. After working within the R&D department of MEYN for 10 years, Eric moved to the USA in 2002 and worked with MEYN USA in various roles ranging from Project Manager to VP of Operations. For the last 21⁄2 years Eric has been responsible for sales within MEYN USA. Eric is married to Kelsey, has two children named Van and Violet, and lives in Cumming, GA.
Dr. Mary Pantin-Jackwood
Mary Pantin-Jackwood is a Research Veterinary Medical Officer at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, U.S. National Poultry Research Center, ARS, USDA, in Athens, Georgia. She received her Veterinary Medicine degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a MS in Microbiology and PhD in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Georgia and is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. She has over 25 years of experience in basic and applied research in poultry virology and pathology, has published 144 peer-reviewed publications and 14 book chapters, and has given numerous invited talks at national and international conferences. Her research focuses on studying the pathogenicity of avian influenza viruses in poultry and wild waterfowl, and the molecular changes that allow the virus to become more infectious, virulent, and transmissible in different avian species.
Dr. Josh Payne
Dr. Josh Payne serves as the Technical Services Director for Poultry GuardÂ®. He was previously an assistant professor and Extension Poultry Specialist at Oklahoma State University. Josh has extensive academic, research and industry experience in litter management and poultry mortality management.
As senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, Dr. Peterson's responsibilities at the National Chicken Council include providing scientific and technical expertise on a variety of topics including food safety, poultry inspection, and broiler health and welfare. She oversees regulatory policy development and scientific initiatives within the regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. and represents industry views on policies impacting the broiler industry. Prior to joining the council, Peterson served as vice president of government relations for the United Egg Producers where she worked with Congress and the regulatory agencies on issues impacting the egg laying industry. She has also served both as the director of legislative affairs and director of regulatory affairs at the American Meat Institute, where her responsibilities included environmental and sustainability issues, animal welfare and lobbying Congress. A native of Kentucky, Peterson came to Washington, D.C., as a Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, working on agriculture, energy and environment issues. She earned her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, her Master of Science in Animal Science from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Michael Quist
Dr. Michael Quist is in his first year of broiler production medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and Masters of Avian Medicine all from the University of Georgia. Michael is currently the Production Veterinarian for Mountaire Farms' two Delmarva broiler complexes. Mountaire Farms is a top 10 US broiler company, processing 65 million pounds a week in 2020 across 4 complexes.
Dr. Bret Ring
Dr. Bret Ring has been with Cobb for 12 years. In his role as senior veterinarian he supports Pedigree, GGP, GP and hatchery production for both US and Global Cobb operations. His roles include developing and monitoring health and vaccination programs, approving export health certificates, supporting the different management teams, as well as troubleshooting production and disease issues when they arise. He seeks to help maximize the genetic potential and profitability of Cobb products to both internal and external customers. Bret had worked for Tyson for 9 years prior to coming to Cobb. He was with Elanco as a poultry technical consultant for 8 years. Bret holds bachelor's degrees in American Intercultural Ministries from Moody Bible Institute and biology from the University of Nebraska, received his DVM from Kansas State University, and completed a Poultry Residency and Master's Degree in Veterinary Pathobiology from the University of Minnesota. He has attained board certification in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.
Dr. Corissa A. Robinson
Dr. Corissa (Cori) Robinson provides veterinary technical services for Best Veterinary Solutions, Inc., and currently resides in central Pennsylvania. She began her poultry science studies in 2010 at The Pennsylvania State University and received a B.S. in Animal Sciences with minors in Poultry and Avian Science and Equine Science, then attended The Ohio State University for her DVM with a focus on poultry medicine, and finally returned to Penn State to complete her Residency in Avian Medicine and Pathology. Half of the residency included field work with BVS, which fostered her passion for helping poultry producers across the country, especially in PA and the East Coast. She began working full-time with BVS mid-2020 and continues to support customers and VCPR clients. Currently, her patients include commercially raised broilers, turkeys, layers, game birds, and breeders for each species.
Dr. Hany Sidrak
Dr. Hany Sidrak was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) Office of Field Operations (OFO) in May 2018. He has 27 years of FSIS experience. Some of Dr. Sidrak's duties consist of developing and leading modernization efforts, including the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point-based Inspection Models Project (HIMP). He plays a critical role in guiding OFO District Offices that oversee more than 6,000 geographically dispersed plants to ensure that meat, poultry and egg products are inspected for wholesomeness, safety, and truthful labeling. In addition to domestic and exported products, Dr. Sidrak leads the inspection of imported products to ensure that public health is protected at home and abroad. Dr. Sidrak joined FSIS in November 1991 as an in-plant veterinarian covering large volume poultry producing establishments in the Delmarva and Shenandoah areas. After moving to FSIS headquarters in March 1997, he has served as a Staff Officer with the Office of Policy and Program Development, Director of the Recall Management Staff, and Program Manager for field operations. Dr. Sidrak served as an Executive Associate for Regulatory Operations from April 2012 to May 2018, where he provided leadership to five of the 10 district offices and field personnel to protect the public's health. Dr. Sidrak is a 1984 graduate of Cairo University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Kevin Sullivan has worked with USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services for 30 years. He has been the State Director for MD/DE/DC for the past 21 years. He has worked in wildlife damage management throughout the Country and have lived in New Jersey, West Virginia, Mississippi, Illinois, California and Maryland. Sullivan has a BS from West Virginia University and a Masters from Mississippi State University in wildlife biology and ecology. His wife and two daughters raise and train warmblood hunter jumper horses on their farm, "Snapdragon Stables," in Queen Anne, Maryland.
Jared Thomson began his poultry career raising commercial turkeys with his family in Carroll County Arkansas in the 1980s. He attended college at the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1997 with degrees in Agribusiness and Poultry Science. During his time at the U of A, Jared had the opportunity to work in various work study programs in Immunology, Breeders, and Broiler production. He began his work career with Tyson Foods while still in school, operating various research trials through the school year and then full-time employment after graduation. Jared started his career in live production servicing broilers, but moved to processing, working in various management positions from kill to further processing. In 1999, he got the opportunity to purchase and build 3 turkey units for Butterball Turkey Co. starting one of the first nontraditional brood and move operations to reduce the challenges of multiage production. Jared used his turkey operations to perform numerous R&D projects for Chore-time, Ziggity and Shenandoah equipment companies, learning how the latest technology could improve traditional turkey production. Also during this time he began testing litter treatments and the benefits of ammonia reduction, as well as the performance improvements that the treatments produced. In 2001, he began applying litter treatment products for area growers and by 2004 he sold the turkey operations to focus solely on commercial applications. The business grew to include insecticide and rodenticides by 2009, water treatment in 2015, and then national group purchasing in 2020. The businesses currently have 7 locations, serving 19 states with 63 employees and 11 member partners.
Dr. Mike Wineland
Mike Wineland graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison, where his PhD was directed toward endocrinology and reproductive physiology of poultry. He spent 3 years at West Virginia University as extension specialist and assistant professor before assuming a position at North Carolina State University in the Department of Poultry Science. While at North Carolina State University in the Poultry Department for over 30 years he was a professor, extension specialist and departmental extension leader. Research and educational programs were directed at the broiler breeder and hatchery operations in North Carolina. During the last 20 years, major emphasis was directed toward research and education for hatchery operations. The research emphasized the optimization of incubation parameters that impacted hatchling quality and subsequent performance in the broiler house. Research specifically focused on how temperature variation, turning, water vapor and oxygen availability impacted development and maturation of various organ systems of broilers and turkeys. Educational programs were developed to help hatchery personnel understand how they managed their incubational processes influenced the performance of broilers and turkeys. The educational programs were directed toward personnel from 17 different countries in Asia, South America and Europe. Wineland has published scientific manuscripts, book chapters and popular press articles relating to incubation and hatchery management. Additionally, Mike gives presentations worldwide at scientific and industry meetings. Upon retirement from North Carolina State University, Wineland developed a consulting business where he investigates problems in hatchery operations and developed additional training for hatchery personnel. The training and problem solving has involved hatchery personnel in the United States and countries of South America and Asia. He continues to evaluate hatchery practices and their effect upon hatchling performance.