April 1, 2021 (Calgary, AB) – Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) is pleased to announce the finalization of an agreement in principle with the University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), as the industry’s new partner for poultry diagnostics in Alberta. EFA, along with the other provincial feather boards – Alberta Chicken Producers, Alberta Hatching Egg Producers, and Alberta Turkey Producers – are excited about this new era of strategic partnership, which is the culmination of more than two years of effort by the joint diagnostics committee.
EFA would also like to extend our profound thanks to Poultry Health Services (PHS) for their years of excellent diagnostic services for the poultry industry, and their commitment to supporting Alberta egg farmers. EFA wishes PHS continued success as they transition their focus onto their innovative model of enhanced integrated approaches.
The UCVM is looking forward to working more closely with Alberta’s poultry producers and veterinarians. Their Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU) is already conducting poultry diagnostics and are ready to accommodate the expected increase of submissions. The DSU is currently offering necropsy, histopathology, cytology and bacteriology services to veterinarians and researchers.
Though diagnostic services are the priority for this partnership, collaborating with a world class university will also offer unique opportunities for teaching the next generation of poultry practitioners and diagnosticians, as well as research opportunities for improving poultry health.
Alberta’s poultry industry is solidly behind this new agreement and will be providing financial support to ensure its success.