Avian Flu Webinar, 21st February2017

Westpoint Farm Vets and Minster Poultry & Gamebird Vets, two of the country's leading vets, are hosting a free group discussion on Avian Influenza and invite small flock keepers to join the webinar.

When you register you will receive confirmation and be advised how to join the discussion on your laptop or tablet. You can also join the webinar by telephone, details will be sent to you when you register.

Avian influenza - What is the current situation?

There have been a number of confirmed cases at this point. The pattern of the outbreak is extremely broad - from Lincolnshire to Lancashire! And it may be too early to say whether this will go quiet or if there is much more to come.

  • What have we learned so far? 
  • What should we be doing now? 

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have published information for flock keepers via the government website, and this is a useful source of updates. This also advises flock keepers to register their birds with APHA but how important is this to do?

The Prevention Zone has been extended until the end of February but with no guarantee that this won't be extended again: 

  • What does this order hope to achieve? 
  • How far is it helping the situation? 
  • And how important is compliance? 
  • What particular health considerations should we be aware of whilst the animals must remain inside? 

Avian influenza may be the current headliner, but is by no means the only watchword. What other exotic and notifiable diseases are the birds vulnerable to, and what signs are we looking out for?

10th February 2017

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