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See what was learned in the 2020/21 Avian Influenza (AI) ‘season’ in a free workshop run by The Veterinary Technical Group (VTG), which is part of the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG). This event has been organised as a joint poultry industry and government enterprise and focusses on what has been learned from previous AI 'seasons'.

The Notifiable Avian Disease:
A Joint Poultry Industry/Government Workshop

This free event takes place online on Monday 13 September 2021, between 2pm and 4:30pm.

Following two previous events in 2018 and 2019, the workshop is designed to update attendees on the background to ‘forecasting’ the future risk of Avian Influenza (AI) outbreaks, covering its limitations, but shall also share information which suggests that events such as those seen during the last AI ‘season’ may become more regular rather than on a 3-4 year cycle as we have seen in the past.

While significant progress has been made by industry and government in dealing with AI outbreaks in recent years, particularly in terms of communication, disease management, lack of secondary spread within the industry, the workshop will explore any ‘weak link’ factors commonly found in cases of primary introduction of AI into poultry flocks.

The workshop will also consider experience in the UK and in Europe with respect to non-notifiable AI as a cause of significant disease and explore the opportunities and challenges for improved control of notifiable avian disease (NAD) following our EU Exit, as well as the new OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) AI chapter.

To register visit Notifiable Avian Disease: A Joint Poultry Industry/Government Workshop. A web link will be emailed to you a few days before the event


14.00 Opening and Introductory Remarks
Mark Williams, Chair VTG and Chair PHWG (Joint Chair), Prof Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra (Joint Chair)

14.10 The ‘Big Picture’ internationally – The science of the AI virus
Prof Ian Brown, Acting Director of Science, APHA

14:35 Common risk factors identified from the 2020/21 AI outbreak: Things that you should focus on to reduce the likelihood of introduction and to limit the impact on your business
Andy Paterson, Head of Intervention Epidemiology (GB) & Head of the National Emergency Epidemiology Group, APHA

15.00 Discussion

15:15 Break

15.30 The disease control challenge of non-notifiable LPAI which causes significant disease
Dana Simpson, St David’s Poultry Team

15:50 Lessons from the 2020/21 outbreaks, EU Exit & new OIE AI chapter – opportunities and challenges for improved control of NAD
Gordon Hickman, Head of Exotic Disease Policy, Defra

16.10 Discussion and closing remarks

16.30 Finish