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Optimising poultry flock health


Dr Sjaak de Wit is Professor of Integrated Poultry Health at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is also a Senior Researcher at Royal GD (formerly GD Animal Health), one of the world’s leading organisations for the diagnosis and prevention of livestock diseases, with responsibility for testing systems for poultry diseases. Professor de Wit is Post President of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS), Junior Vice President of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) as well as an Associate Editor for Avian Pathology. Professor de Wit is internationally known for his research on viruses affecting poultry.



Publication date:

30 August 2022

Length of book:

360 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786768872

Hardback - £150.00
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Diseases remain a significant burden to poultry production and its future, with outbreaks of disease resulting in catastrophic financial losses to the sector. Whilst it is widely recognised that vaccines have a major role in inducing protection, they can only be considered as part of the solution to this rapidly growing problem.

Optimising poultry flock health instead reviews ways of optimising preventative measures to reduce the risk of disease in flocks. The book reviews the wealth of recent research on the mechanisms of transmission for infectious diseases and how this understanding can be used to improve poultry flock health.

By showing how poultry flock health can be optimised at different stages of production, the book showcases the extent of preventative measures available to farmers and producers, as well as how these measures can be implemented effectively to protect their flocks against disease.

Key features

  • Provides an authoritative review on recent research undertaken on understanding the mechanisms of transmission of major poultry diseases (Avian Influenza, Salmonella) 
  • Reviews best practices for preventing and/or controlling disease outbreaks in poultry, including health monitoring, vaccinations and improved biosecurity measures 
  • Considers how bird health can be optimised at multiple stages of production, focussing on chicks, broilers, layers and breeders

What others are saying...

“This impressive collection of chapters from leading international experts has been put together with care and consideration. It moves seamlessly from current knowledge of the major classes of poultry infectious diseases, through discussions on advances in methods for monitoring and prevention of disease, to bespoke considerations of best practice across different stages/parts of commercial production systems. With such breadth and depth, this volume should become a ‘go-to’ manual for anyone with an interest in poultry health."
Professor Fiona Tomley, Royal Veterinary College, UK

"A publication with this outstanding team of authors and high-quality content has been long needed in the field of poultry science. It is both a scientific text and a practitioner manual that will be highly appreciated by scholars, students, poultry industry personnel and anyone interested in the veterinary sciences."
Professor Paulo Eduardo Brandão, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding infectious diseases in poultry
1.Advances in understanding poultry viral disease transmission/epidemiology: Alejandro Banda, Mississippi State University, USA;
2.Advances in understanding poultry bacterial disease transmission/epidemiology: Michael Hess, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria;
3.Advances in understanding parasite infections of poultry: Damer Blake, Royal Veterinary College, UK;

Part 2 Preventing diseases in poultry
4.Improving biosecurity in poultry flocks: Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, University of Montreal, Canada;
5.Nutritional strategies to boost immune response in poultry: Michael Kidd, University of Arkansas, USA;
6.Developments in vaccines to protect poultry against disease: Venugopal Nair, Pirbright Institute, UK;

Part 3 Optimising health at differing stages in poultry production
7.Optimizing chick health in poultry hatchery/incubation facilities: Ron Meijerhof, Poultry Performance Plus, The Netherlands;
8.Optimizing the health of poultry broilers: Edgar Orlando Oviedo-Rondón, North Carolina State University, USA;
9.Optimizing the health of poultry layers: Yuko Sato, Iowa State University, USA;
10.Optimizing the health of poultry breeder birds: Rick van Emous, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;