Type: Book

Optimising poultry flock health


Dr Sjaak de Wit is a Senior Researcher at Royal GD (formerly GD Animal Health) and is also Professor of Integrated Poultry Health at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He 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:

13 September 2022

Length of book:

414 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786768872

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"The result is a refreshing balance between readability and practicality, underpinned by true science and the appliance of science… as a comprehensive resource on the breadth of information available with the combination of general principles, up-to-date advice, coupled with an excellent provision of further reading and resources for every chapter, makes this an essential addition to any poultry library!" (Dr Stephen A. Lister, review in Avian Pathology)

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.

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.Understanding the molecular biology of avian viruses and their role in poultry health: Alejandro Banda, Mississippi State University, USA;
2.Advances in understanding bacterial diseases in poultry: challenges and perspectives: Surya Paudel, Michael Hess and Claudia Hess, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria;
3.Advances in understanding parasite infections of poultry: protozoa and the red mite: Damer P. Blake, Royal Veterinary College, UK; and Dieter Liebhart, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria;

Part 2 Preventing diseases in poultry
4.Improving biosecurity in poultry flocks: Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt and Manon Racicot, Université de Montréal, Canada; and Mattias Delpont, École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France;
5.Nutritional strategies to boost immune response in poultry: M. T. Kidd, University of Arkansas, USA; and P.F. Surai, Vitagene and Health Research Centre, UK, Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology named after K.I. Skryabin, Russia, Trakia University, Bulgaria, Szent Istvan University, Hungary and Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Russia;
6.Developments in vaccines to protect poultry against diseases: Yongxiu Yao and Venugopal Nair, Viral Oncogenesis Group - Pirbright Institute, UK;
Incubation and chick health: Ron Meijerhof, Poultry Performance Plus, The Netherlands;

Part 3 Optimising health at differing stages in poultry production
7.Optimizing the health of broilers: Edgar Orlando Oviedo-Rondón, North Carolina State University, USA;
8.Optimizing the health of poultry layers: Yuko Sato, Iowa State University, USA;
9.Optimizing the health of broiler breeder birds: Rick van Emous, Wageningen Livestock Research, The Netherlands; and André Steentjes, Veterinary Centre Someren, The Netherlands;