USPOULTRY call for proposal

Board Research Initiative Request for Proposals Released – 9/14/15 Rapid Disposal of Poultry Carcasses following Depopulation Background Mass depopulation and disposal of large caged layer facilities present daunting challenges for both euthanasia and disposal. The recent avian influenza outbreak has shown that current disposal methods may be inadequate for rapid depopulation and disposal on large […]

Keel Bone Damage: Research to address the issue (Dr. A. Harlander Lab)

Within the laying hen industry, there are various animal welfare concerns associated with the contemporary production systems used for these egg-layers. Keel bone damage (KBD) is one such critical issue that extends to all housing systems, genetic lines, and management styles whereby pain, compromised welfare, and reduced productivity are likely outcomes. It is assumed that […]

Bionanotechnology: Solutions for Poultry Health and Food Safety (Dr. S. Neethirajan Lab)

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, a University of Guelph researcher and director of the BioNanoLab focuses his research on developing tools and techniques for poultry health and food safety applications through the fundamental and applied understanding of physico-chemical properties of bacterial biofilms and development of bio-sensing techniques. Suresh group’s pioneering research on investigation of pathogenic bacterial biofilms […]


LRIC (Livestock Research Innovation Corporation) is looking to form a poultry research special interest group and is calling for expressions of interest from people who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about and have experience and expertise in poultry research. Who do we want to hear from? • Producers and service providers who have had past experience […]

PHRN researchers receive CFI funding

University of Guelph researchers working to fight human and avian diseases, develop new antimicrobials, and improve plant genetics have received nearly $600,000 in federal support. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is funding five U of G research projects spanning three colleges. Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology), made the announcement during an […]

Dr. Boerlin Lab searches for Clues to Antibacterial Resistance

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives by killing the bacteria that make people sick. But the bacteria are now fighting back, as more of them become resistant to those important medications. Molecular epidemiologist Prof. Patrick Boerlin is working with researchers in the United States and Alberta on several projects, studying antibiotic resistance in bacteria from […]

PHRN Prof Dr.Neethirajan Receives International Award

Tuesday, August 4, 2015      A University of Guelph engineering professor has been recognized with an international award for his contributions to nanotechnology in food safety, agriculture and animal health. Suresh Neethirajan received the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The society includes more than 40 Universities […]

Success at the 104th Poultry Science Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky

  Animal and Poultry Science students’ (University of Guelph) excellent performance at the PSA meeting. Following Graduate Students (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alexandra Harlander) gave excellent presentations at the 104th Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky July 27-30, 2015. Madison Kozak (MSc by thesis) – ‘Chick locomotion in a multilayer environment’ Chantal LeBlanc (MSc by thesis)- ‘Locomotion skills […]

Poultry industry connects with Academic Researchers

Poultry industry representatives had an opportunity to connect with the researchers whose discoveries help their industry at a mid-July barbeque held at the University of Guelph. At the poultry industry barbeque: UofG President Dr. Franco Vaccarino; Dr. Davor Ojkic, Animal Health Laboratory; Ed Verkley, Chair, Poultry Industry Council; Dr. Shayan Sharif, Ontario Veterinary College’s Pathobiology […]

PIC Research Day Rescheduled

Click here for on-line registration. Fee $35 for members, $45 for non-members and at the door registration.   Students register for free. Tentative Agenda 9:00     Registration Opens 9:30     Opening Remarks  – Keith Robbins, Executive Director – PIC and Dr. Csaba Varga, Lead Veterinarian Poultry – OMAFRA 9:30     Overview of Canadian Research – Dr. Bruce Roberts, […]

Dr. Neethirajan recognized with National Award

A University of Guelph engineering professor has been recognized with a national award by Engineers Canada. Prof. Suresh Neethirajan received a 2015 Young Engineering Achievement Award as part of the awards the organization hands out each year. Neethirajan was recognized for reaching “global stature through his outstanding research and accomplishments in the area of biological […]

Dr. Neethirajan creates avian influenza prediction tool

With reports of avian influenza spreading across the US and Canada, researchers with the University of Guelph in Ontario have developed a simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small […]

Dr. Shayan Sharif on Avian Influenza

Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press Published Monday, April 6, 2015 8:27PM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, April 7, 2015 7:11PM EDT TORONTO — Eight poultry farms in southwestern Ontario have been placed under quarantine as agricultural authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of a bird flu virus found on a turkey farm near Woodstock. The virus, […]

Avian influenza virus puts poultry in the news

The discovery of avian influenza virus (H5N2) on a turkey farm in southwestern Ontario has put the poultry industry on alert. To date, 29 farms have been placed under quarantine. Dr. Shayan Sharif, a professor at the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College and leader of the Poultry Health Research Network, discussed the recent avian […]

Poultry Health Pathologist Position Available

Abbotsford BC Salary $76,757.33 to $95,870.61 annually Be part of a team by providing diagnostics and leadership in an AAVLD accredited provincial veterinary diagnostic laboratory This position has responsibility to provide diagnostic service and support to the regulated and non-regulated poultry industries, private poultry veterinarians, and private veterinarians supporting urban and backyard poultry. The Poultry […]

New co-ordinator will further PHRN goals

A new co-ordinator for the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) will use his background and experience in academia and industry to further the PHRN’s objective of establishing a cross-disciplinary network of poultry researchers and health specialists. Dr. Ravi Kulkarni recently joined the Ontario Veterinary College’s Pathobiology department as PHRN coordinator. His research expertise and interests […]

Research Targets Poultry Viruses

Most birds are heading south now, but this bird researcher flew north to Guelph this fall. Pathobiology professor Leonardo Susta studies avian diseases that threaten economic and human health. Originally from Italy, he arrived at U of G in early October from Georgia, where he completed a doctorate and spent the past two years working […]