High Quality Poultry Congress 2016

April 20 to April 22

Bucharest, Romania



Day one

AM MS Live
9h00 - 9h40 Mycoplasma synoviae: Why protection is important
Prof Naola Ferguson-Noel TBC
9h40 - 10h20 MS in a production setting “ how it affects my business”
Dr Bruno FAURE ( Labovet Conseil-RCS)
10h40 - 11h20 MS-Live: The R/D behind it
Maarten Witvliet.
11h20 - 12h00 MS Live – Product characteristics; It’s use with MG 6/85; Safety; Convenience
Rik Koopman
12h00 - 13h00 LUNCH
PM Paracox 8
13h00 - 13h40 Managing Intestinal Health for the Broiler Breeder
Daniel B Pearson BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Health Director, Aviagen UK Ltd
13h40 - 14h20 ‘Coccidiosis vaccines for long-lived birds’: comparative study results
John Radu
14h40 - 15h20 Managing coccidiosis vaccine in the field for best results (It’s not just what’s in the bottle)
Corrado Longoni
15h20 - 16h00 Paracox supply: How are we fixing it? What are we doing for the future?
MMD Speaker
16h00 Break
17h00 - 19h00 Depart for walking tour
19h00 DINNER

Day two

AM IB multi
9h00 - 9h40 IB in breeders and layers: Practical tips for managing a high performing vaccination program
Dr Zavalla
9h40 - 10h20 Why IB multi inactivated vaccine?
Rik Koopman New field trial data
10h40 - 11h20 Application, Application, Application: A new equipment revolution
Pieter Kuhne.
Innovax ILT
11h20 - 12h00 HVT recombinant vaccine for ILT control: Field and research data proof of performance
Dr. Zavalla
12h00 - 13h00 LUNCH

Event Location

4 Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu
Bucharest, Romania
Tel: +40-21-3102020


Rik Koopman

Rik was born and educated in the Netherlands, graduating as a veterinarian from the University of Utrecht in November 1986. Part of his veterinary training included a half years specialist training on poultry medicine and husbandry. After working as a full time poultry veterinarian since January 1987, Rik fulfilled the criteria in 2001 to be registered as Specialist Poultry Health in the Netherlands.

For the first eleven years of his career Rik worked for a large feed mill cooperative in the Netherlands, CHV. End 1997 Rik joined Intervet Netherlands as Technical Manager, Poultry Products and in March 2003 he moved to the International Marketing Poultry Team.


Pieter Kuhne

Pieter graduated 1987 from Utrecht University and has 12 years poultry practice experience, contact with farmers, integrations and feed industry. He was an advisor of the Dutch poultry board and President of the Dutch branch of World veterinary Poultry Association.

In 1999, Pieter joined Intervet/Intervet Schering Plough/MSD AH, as a tech manager, responsible for the regions Eastern Europe, Middle East (including Iran and Pakistan) , Africa above the Sahara, EU countries.


Maarten Witvliet

Maarten Witvliet is a senior project leader within the global R&D of MSD Animal Health in Boxmeer with over 30 years of experience in the field of bacteriological vaccine research. Maarten earned a MSc (biochemistry) from Utrecht University and a PhD (medical sciences) from the Amsterdam Free University working on human vaccines. Before joining the company, he was a visiting scientist at the pertussis laboratory of the FDA and a postdoctoral fellow at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.


Dr. John Radu

Dr. John Radu is the Senior Technical Services Manager for the Merck Animal Health Poultry Business Unit in the US. He earned his D.V.M degree (Romania, Timisoara) in 1971 and is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. His past experience includes various research and technical services positions in Poultry in Canada and joined Merck Animal Health in 2002. He is currently responsible for providing technical support to Merck Animal Health’s poultry customers in US.


Dr. Guillermo Zavala

Founder, Avian Health International; Former associate professor, University of Georgia – PRDC

Dr. Zavala is one of the world’s leading subject matter experts on poultry disease and disease pathology. His areas of special expertise are avian tumor viruses and immunosuppressive diseases.


Carrado Longoni

Corrado Longoni was born in Milano, Italia and earned his DAM from Torino University in 1991. He specialized in Avian pathology at Milano University in 2006. From 1993-2009, Corrado was the field vet for the Group directory of the hatchery, responsible for coccidiosis control strategy and moved to a field vet for broiler and turkeys until 2013 when he joined MSD Animal Health as a Technical Manager. He is now involved in Key Account Management.


Naola M. Ferguson-Noel

Dr. Ferguson received her DVM at the University of the West Indies. She received her Masters of Avian Medicine and PhD in Medical Microbiology at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently an associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) at the University of Georgia. Dr. Ferguson’s area of interest is avian mycoplasmosis and her research is focused on epidemiology and pathogenicity, as well as developing and evaluating vaccines and the development and improvement of avian mycoplasma diagnostic testing. In addition to research, Dr. Ferguson oversees the avian mycoplasma and molecular bacteriology diagnostic service at PDRC; she also conducts several diagnostic workshops and continuing education seminars. Dr. Ferguson’s lab is the Reference Laboratory in the area of Avian Mycoplasmosis for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The laboratory functions as a center of expertise and standardization of diagnostic techniques for this disease.


Eric Ellis

Eric Ellis is Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Technology and Support (BTS) responsible for Poultry and Parasitic Operations in the U.S. He received his M.S. in Biotechnology from Delaware State University and Six Sigma Lean Manufacturing Green Belt from Villanova University. Eric began his career with Intervet Animal Health in 1999 and has spent 17 years holding various positions within the vaccine division. In addition to his responsibilities in the U.S., Eric recently took over BTS responsibilities for Paracox in the UK to lead technical activities.


Bruno Faure

Veterinarian graduated from the School of Maisons Alfort in 1986, Bruno Faure has always exercised his trade in poultry. After holding technical poultry manager functions in food and plant management in the Reunion laying farm Bruno became primarily engaged in rearing and egg production of commercial layers. He is responsible for this activity within the Crystal Network. Currently Bruno works for Labovet Conseil (25 vets) specifically in egg production in Northern France.


Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson was born in North Queensland, Australia. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1981.

In 1984 he moved to UK where he began working as a veterinarian in the poultry industry for Marshall’s Chunky Chicken, a large fully integrated company located in Scotland.

Daniel has continued served the poultry meat chicken industry in the UK and has extensive experience in all aspects of broiler meat production. He is a past president of the British Veterinary Poultry Association, a member of the European Poultry Veterinary Study Group, a member of the Red Tractor Farm Assured technical committee for chickens and has served on a number of UK poultry steering committees, including projects on Notifiable Disease, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Gut Health and Leg Health, working closely with DEFRA (Agriculture Ministry) and FSA (Food Standards Agency).

He is currently employed as the Veterinary Health Director for Aviagen (Europe): the leading primary poultry breeding company supplying stock for broiler production around the world.


Dr. Laura Villarreal

Dr. Laura Villarreal is currently the Executive Director of the Poultry Business Unit in Brazil. Her experience includes the coordination of technical, commercial and marketing strategies for the poultry industry and the design and execution of research focused on the development of new products and validation of the available products based on field situations. Laura has a strong knowledge of avian pathologies at both laboratorial and field conditions with experience in coordinating field actions in poultry health. She earned her Veterinary Medicine degree from the Universidad de La Salle – Bogotá- Colombia and her Master´s and PhD degrees in Avian Pathology by the Universidade de São Paulo – Brazil. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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