Poultry Health Conference 2019

The Asian Poultry Health Conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 7-8 May 2019 at the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok.

Comments from Tom Grimes, Conference Chairman and Program Director

“Antibiotic use in livestock is undergoing increased scrutiny worldwide. Increasing resistance to antimicrobials critical for human treatment has been implicated in the use of antibiotics in livestock, including poultry. Partly due to customer concerns, poultry production with reduced or no antibiotic use has occurred in recent years.

“The aim of this conference is to provide the Asian poultry industry and their technical advisers with technical information on why antibiotic use in poultry is being challenged, examples of poultry production with reduced or no antibiotic use in various countries and important poultry health control measures that are essential for poultry production with reduced or no antibiotic use.”

Antibiotic use and controls in poultry – current trends and the future

Over the two days of the conference there will be six sessions:

  • Programs to reduce antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance
  • Role of the breeder, hatchery & husbandry in reducing antibiotic use & antimicrobial resistance
  • Role of broiler vaccination and husbandry programs in reducing antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance
  • Initiatives to reduce antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance
  • Importance of disease control in reducing antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance
  • Importance of control of gut infections in reducing antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance

The full program includes:

  • 16 presentations, 7 sessions & 2 panel discussions
  • 15 experts delivering a world-class program
  • Greater access to speakers including our ‘meet-the-speaker’ cocktail party immediately following day one presentations
  • Session discussions and extended panel discussions with each day’s speakers to permit more questions
  • Actual presentations will be available in PDF for downloading post-conference
  • A chance to mix with like-minded industry people


Pat Blackall, Principal Research Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Blackall has a Science degree and PhD from the Uni. of Queensland Australia. His research interests are mainly in bacterial diseases of poultry and pigs, including vaccines. Pat has held senior positions in professional societies and is the recipient of many awards. He has published 220 refereed papers in scientific journals, is the author of chapters in 14 text books and is a regular presenter at conferences. Pat has worked closely with poultry industries in Australia and other countries since 1973. In recent years Pat has contributed to One Health and AMR studies on poultry.


Direk Limmathurotsakul, Head, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr Limmathurotsakul is the Head of Microbiology at Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Mahidol University (http://www.tropmedres.ac). Since January 2012, Direk also holds a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Besides facilitating other researchers’ work, Direk runs his own fellowship-funded research programme. From 2018, Direk is also a board member of Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC). Antimicrobial resistance is one of Direk’s main research areas.


John Smith, Poultry Veterinary Consultant, USA

Dr Smith completed a veterinary degree and a Master of Avian Medicine at the Uni. of Georgia USA. John has held senior positions in industry and professional organizations, has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters and has received a number of industry and professional awards. John serviced the poultry industry in universities in Alabama, Colorado and Georgia prior to working for Fieldale Farms Georgia from 1991-2014 in senior poultry health management positions. Since 2015 John’s company Alectryon LLC. has provided a veterinary consultancy service to the poultry industry.


Sakdid Anulomsombat, Food Safety & QM Manager, Betagro, Thailand

Dr Anulomsombat graduated as a veterinarian at Chulanongkorm University Thailand in 1994 and subsequently completed Masters Degrees in Science, Veterinary Public Health and Business Administration. In 2017 Sakdid became a Diplomate of the Thai Board of Veterinary Public Health. Sakdid has worked for Betagro Holding Co. Ltd since 2003, initially as Manager of the Corporate Quality System Department, then in a Professional-Strategic Management role and currently his position is Professional, Food Safety and Quality Management.


Donna Hill, Hatchery Management Consultant, USA

Dr Hill completed a veterinary degree at the Louisiana State University USA and a Master in Avian Medicine at the Uni. of Georgia. Since 1988 Donna has had career roles as the Director of Veterinary Services at Peterson Farms, the Director of Health Services Perdue Poultry, consultant to Intervet specialising in incubation and processing, as HatchTech USA President and is now a Hatchery Management Consultant for HatchTech Incubation Technology and a consultant to the Ceva vaccine company.


Dan Pearson, Veterinary Health Director – Europe, Aviagen UK Ltd, United Kingdom

Dan Pearson is a veterinary graduate from the Uni. of Queensland Australia. In 1984 he commenced work as a veterinarian for Marshall’s Chunky Chicken in Scotland and continued working for that company as it changed owners until 2011. He is a past president of the British Veterinary Poultry Association, a member of the European Poultry Veterinary Study Group, a member of the Red Tractor Farm Assured technical committee for chickens and has served on a number of UK poultry steering committees. Dan joined Aviagen in 2012 as the Veterinary Health Director for Aviagen (Europe).


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