FRANCE, Lyon. Many of the world’s poultry veterinarians and poultry health scientists are heading to Cape Town for their 19th Global Congress which starts next Monday, 7 September. Organised by the Association’s South African Branch, this congress will cover a wide range of topical subjects ranging from avian influenza and infectious bronchitis to salmonella and mycotoxins. Being in South Africa, this Congress will naturally feature papers on the health management of ostriches.
With over a dozen internationally acclaimed keynote speakers and numerous presentations and posters from around the world, this conference will have something for every attendee. During the Congress the prestigious Avian Pathology Lecture will be given and the Bart Rispens (supported by MSD), The WVPA-Zoetis Young Poultry Veterinarian and the WVPA-Merial Innovation in Vaccination Awards will be presented to three very deserving recipients.
“We are expecting some 1,300 or so delegates from the entire world’s poultry producing areas”, says Dr Hannes Swart, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee. “Considering this is the first time our Congress has been held in sub Saharan Africa and the number of delegates attending, the South Africans are doing a great job”, added WVPA’s Prof. Dr. Hafez Mohamed Hafez.
The WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Association) is a global partnership, with 51 years of existence, whose objective is to organise meetings to share information on diseases and conditions relating to the avian species, to encourage research in this field, to promote the exchange of information and material for study between individuals and organisations interested in the poultry species, and to establish and maintain liaison with other bodies with related interests.