Over 900 poultry veterinarians and scientists from some 50 countries recently attended the XVIIth Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association in Cancun, Mexico, where they enjoyed Mexican hospitality and were updated on the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and control of poultry diseases.
This meeting saw changes in the officers of the WVPA. The new president is Dr Trevor Bagust from the University of Melbourne, Australia. The retiring president, Prof Hafez Hafez from Germany, is joined in the vice presidencies by British poultry veterinarian, Nigel Horrox. The new Secretary/Treasurer is Francois-Xavier Le Gros from France.
New branches in Thailand and Jordan joined the WVPA at the Mexican meeting.
At the meeting the Bart Rispens Award for the best paper in Avian Pathology was awarded to Dr Anne Feberwee from the Netherlands. The Diamond Sponsors – Boehringer Ingelheim, CEVA, Merial and MSD Animal Health – all hosted interesting and informative symposia for the delegates.
Future WVPA Congresses will be held in Nantes, France in August 2013 and two years later in Cape Town, South Africa.