The overall goal of the Poultry Health program is to provide surveillance, rapid diagnosis, prevention, and control of avian diseases. Applied and basic research will evaluate existing methods and develop new technologies that are relevant to poultry production practices used in Delmarva. The program will have the capability to respond to immediate disease threats as well as those requiring more long term solutions. Moreover, poultry and avian zoonotic diseases will receive a high priority. Educational training will be a major goal of the Poultry Health program. The Poultry Health program will provide outreach regionally, nationally and internationally and seek linkages with other partners to enhance effectiveness.
Some specific Poultry Health research areas now being investigated by Avian Biosciences Center faculty and staff include:
Surveillance of avian influenza virus, exotic Newcastle disease (END) and other important diseases in wild birds (waterfowl and shore birds), commercial and privately owned poultry