About Us

Health, welfare, nutrition, productivity, food safety, environment - those are key words for the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN). Established in 2012, we are a network of poultry researchers and poultry health specialists who address a wide range of issues - from basic biology, to environmental concerns, to poultry disease, production and welfare.

The University of Guelph has had long-standing commitment to animal health with one of the largest groups of poultry scientists and poultry experts in North America. This combined with our state-of-the-art facilities make Guelph the ideal hub for global poultry research.

PHRN integrates cutting-edge research with high-quality education for the next generation of poultry specialists and researchers. We also provide effective knowledge transfer to our stakeholders, including industry, government and consumers.

Our Value

The poultry industry is a major contributor to Canada's economy, producing poultry products worth $3.8 billion and contributing 7.1 percent of cash receipts to farming operations in 2012. In addition to the almost 5,000 commercial poultry and egg producers in Canada, a large number of businesses are associated with these production activities. As well, in 2012, Canada exported more than 14.4 million to 24 countries and more than 28.3 million hatching eggs, worth more than 38.6 million, to 19 countries and 9.9 kilograms of processed eggs worth approximately 19.3 million.


Research in key areas of health, nutrition, production, food safety and welfare has far-reaching profitable results for the poultry industry.

Advances in poultry health maximizes production efficiency and provides safer food.

On-farm use of effective vaccines reduces the incidence of infection and protects flocks.

Research into practical alternatives to conventional housing systems will improve bird productivity, health & welfare and provide solutions to farmers that are acceptable to consumers and retailers.

Safe and healthy poultry and poultry products are vital to farmers, consumers and industry.