There will be 4 pre-congress workshops running on Monday 4 September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) which is open to all delegates.  Pre booking is required to secure your space and can only be done when registering for the congress.  Please click here to register.

Post-mortem Examination of Poultry and Diagnostic Gross Pathology of Poultry Diseases

by Dr Tahseen Aziz, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACPV, Veterinary Pathologist and Diagnostician (Avian)

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Cost: £75.00 per person plus VAT

Workshop Description

To be competent in diagnosing poultry diseases is an essential requirement for a good poultry veterinarian. So if you want to be a proficient poultry diagnostician, then you will benefit from attending this workshop.

The presentation will start with an overview of necropsy and post-mortem examination of poultry. The next part will cover gross pathology of diseases of commercially-raised chickens (broilers, broiler breeders, and table-egg layers) and backyard/hobby chickens, as well as some diseases of turkeys, game birds, and waterfowl. Gross lesions and some histopathological lesions of diagnostic poultry cases will be presented and explained. Additionally, etiology, ancillary laboratory tests, and differential diagnoses will be discussed.

Diagnosis of poultry diseases requires a combination of skill and knowledge  and it includes history, clinical signs, necropsy findings, and ancillary laboratory tests. Because gross pathology as determined by necropsy is so fundamental to poultry disease diagnosis, poultry veterinarians must be able to recognize and interpret gross lesions in organs and tissues. Necropsy findings together with clinical history often allow a presumptive diagnosis which is very valuable in today’s intensive poultry production.

Dr Aziz is the avian pathologist and diagnostician at Rollins Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of North Carolina Department of Agriculture in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. He has over 30 years experience in poultry health and avian pathology.

Regional Forum - North Africa - Enzootic Avian Influenza

by Prof Mohammed El Houadfi, Veterinary Institute, Rabat, Morocco and Dr Khaled Hussein, ECO Animal Health, United Kingdom

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Cost: Complimentary

Workshop Description

This workshop aims to provide a discussion forum focussing on the epidemiology and control of avian influenza in all of its forms, but particularly those enzootic in these Muslim countries in which poultry industry played an important role for providing cheap protein sources to low income populations. In addition, North African countries are very close to Europe and any endemic diseases such as AI in these countries would constitute a continuing risk to Mediterranean countries of Europe. 

The forum will be an occasion to clarify in each of the 5 North African countries (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) the epidemiology of HPAI and LPAI, which is not always known by neighbouring countries in order to take appropriate biosecurity measures. Creating connections and links for establishing information channels between these countries would be the first step for limiting the propagation of AI and other diseases. 

The forum will be an occasion for sharing experiences related to control success or analysing and pointing out causes of failure. Perhaps, this meeting could be an occasion for discussing the possibility of establishment between North African countries something similar to PVSGEU with the help and experience of Europe.    

The speakers in the workshop will be:

Prof H. A. Hussein Ahmed, Dept of Virology, Cairo University
Dr F Bonfante IZSVe, Padova, Italy
Dr Mohamed-Amine Bouderbal, Ceva, Algeria
Dr I Eldaghayes, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Tripoli
Dr Siham Fellahi, Agronomy & Veterinary Institute, Rabat, Morocco
Dr K Kaboudi, National Veterinary School,  Tunisia
Dr David E. Swayne, National Poultry Research Centre, United States

Genome engineering and wider applications

by Dr Lonneke Vervelde, the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh

Time: 14:30 – 16:30

Cost: Complimentary

Workshop Description

Genetic modification, genetic manipulation and genetic engineering all refer to the same thing - the use of modern biotechnology techniques to change the genes of an organism, including livestock animals. GM breeding is useful because it can change the genes of an organism in ways not possible through traditional techniques, and more rapidly than traditional breeding methods.

In the history of chicken transgenic research we have now reached an exceptional time where we have the technology to alter the chicken genome in a precise and targeted ways. The applications of the technology covers a wide range of areas from the introduction of transgenes to improve the phenotype such as increased resilience to important diseases, production of transgenic chickens that express therapeutic and commercially interesting proteins in their egg white, to targeted knockout chickens for functional genomics.

The Roslin Institute is establishing technology to culture avian germ cells which have the ability to de-differentiate into pluripotent cells under certain culture conditions. This unique culture system is being employed to develop novel methods for the cryopreservation (bio-banking) of avian species.

This workshop will provide an overview of the technology and its impact through applications in chickens as models in scientific research, for novel biotechnology and to protect and improve agricultural productivity, and will encourage a constructive discussion about the potential of GM food in the future.

The speakers in the workshop will be:

Publishing in academic journals: tips to help you succeed

by Jennifer Stokes, Taylor & Francis Group

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Cost: Complimentary

Workshop Description

This talk will guide you through the process of getting an article published – from choosing a journal, to what to think about when writing to improve your chances of publication, and then on to how to navigate the peer review process and what you can do once your article is published to increase its impact. The workshop will cover article metrics, use of social media, how to respond to reviewers’ comments plus more. By the end of the session you will have a thorough understanding of the steps involved for authors in publishing a journal article, the key information sources you should be aware of, and what you can be doing to help get your research published.    

How to Book

Pre booking is required to secure your space and can only be done when registering for the congress, register by clicking here.