UCVM takes on poultry diagnostics

The University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine (UCVM) and Alberta’s four poultry producer boards are partnering on a poultry diagnostic system.

Formerly provided by Poultry Health Services, the program can test for diseases such as avian flu, E. coli, and other pathogens and microbes. Poultry Health Services of Airdrie, which serves the commercial poultry sector, began the program and “grew the lab from basic serology in 2005 to a full-service, Level 2 diagnostic lab system accepting samples from across North America,” the company said.

The transition to UCVM began more than two years ago and having the program at the university will allow for both teaching operations and “exciting research opportunities for improving poultry health,” the school said.

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