British Columbia Poultry Symposium 2020-2021

 Dear fellow poultry enthusiasts,

The inaugural meeting of the Western Meeting of Poultry Clinicians and Pathologists took place in Lake Louise, Alberta on October 2, 1990 and the inaugural British Columbia Poultry Symposium took place in Abbotsford, British Columbia on May 26, 2015.  These meetings have provided a very effective format for discussing success stories in addressing our challenges through exposure to expert speakers and the presentation of outstanding case reports.

With the ability to communicate effectively using the internet and with the current restrictions to travel we have been fortunate to be able to continue these continuing education presentations albeit in a different format.  Our sponsors and speakers have been very supportive, and we are pleased to announce the monthly BCPS webinar series.

Our first Zoom Webinar: Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) in Commercial Poultry, presented by Dr. Gigi Lin will be Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00AM PST.

Our second Zoom Webinar; Colibacillosis in Broilers; Risk Factors & Prevention, presented by Dr. Babak Sanei will be Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00AM PST.

There are so many exciting innovations to explore and we look forward to hosting our generous expert speakers in topics that will be of benefit to your own operations.

There is no fee associated with attending these virtual meetings.

Please take the time to recognize our sponsors as they have provided unwavering support to our meetings over the years.

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Again, thank you for your support,


Stewart J. Ritchie

B.Sc. (Agr.), M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate ACPV

Scheduled Speakers:

First BCPS Webinar:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00AM PST

Topic: Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) in Commercial Poultry

Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) in commercial poultry has been endemic in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia for many years. With the success in the increased awareness on biosecurity, the implementation of effective vaccination programs, enhanced management practices and communication among the industry, the incidence of ILT in the Fraser Valley has been reduced significantly in recent years.  However, ILT has not eradicated in the Fraser Valley.  Sporadic cases have been reported over the last couple years in various poultry commodity groups including broiler breeder/broiler chickens, layers, specialty chickens and game birds.  This presentation will focus on the epidemiology, control/management, and prevention of ILT in the Fraser Valley, and highlight the possible reasons for the significant reduction of ILT.

Dr. Gigi Lin

Speaker:  Dr. Gigi Lin

Dr. Gigi Lin received her B.Sc. in Agroecology from the University of British Columbia and earned her D.V.M from the University of Saskatchewan. Gigi joined Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd in 2017 where she provides diagnostic, research, and field services to the commercial poultry industry and small flock poultry in Western Canada.  Gigi has been an active member of International Toastmasters since 2012.  She has been a volunteer veterinarian for the Langley Animal Protection Society since 2017.

Second BCPS Webinar:

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00AM PST

Topic: Colibacillosis in Broilers; Risk Factors & Prevention

Speaker:  Dr. Babak Sanei of Zoetis

Dr. Babak Sanei of Zoetis

From 2003 – 2011, Dr. Sanei worked as the Extension Poultry Veterinarian in Ontario for 8 years, directly supporting and interacting with the Ontario poultry industry.

In 2011, Dr. Sanei moved to Scotland and joined Aviagen UK and its veterinary department team.

Since 2013, Babak has been providing technical support to poultry veterinarians and feed clients across Canada at Zoetis as Manager of Poultry Veterinary Services and is in charge of all technical aspects of poultry vaccines and medicated feed additives. Currently, Babak is in charge of National Business and Technical services – Poultry vaccines and Medicated Feed Additives.

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