Speakers

Dr. Benoît Lanthier

Benoît Lanthier graduated from Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire in St-Hyacinthe with a DMV in 2012. He worked as the vet in charge of broiler breeders, layer breeders, layers and antibiotic free broilers for La Coop fédérée from 2012 to 2016. He completed a Master degree focused on E. coli in 2015. Since 2016, he is working as a consultant vet in Québec and as a technical support for Jefo’s international clients.

Dr. Kayla Price

Dr. Kayla Price is currently the Canadian poultry technical and research manager for Alltech Canada. She provides technical and sales support, with additional research responsibilities, in Canada. Prior to joining Alltech, Price received her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph with a research focus on the environmental influence on live coccidiosis vaccine success in chickens. From this background, she gained a passion for poultry intestinal health. The poultry industry is ever-changing, and she has strived to share this enthusiasm with others.

Dr. Martin J. Zuidhof

Dr. Martin J. Zuidhof Associate Professor, Precision Feeding & Poultry Systems Modeling University of Alberta Martin Zuidhof has been studying Broiler Breeders for over 25 years. His team developed a precision feeding system to feed each bird the right amount of feed at the right time. In addition to its commercial potential, the system doubles as one of the best poultry research tools in the world. Dr. Zuidhof is academic leader of the Poultry Research Centre (PRC), a unique collaboration between the University, Government, and the poultry industry. The PRC is committed to excellence and relevance in research, and plays an important role training the next generation of leaders in the poultry industry. Dr. Zuidhof‘s goal is to revolutionize the way the world feeds and studies broiler breeders.

Dr. Charles Hofacre

Dr. Charles Hofacre recently retired from his position as a professor at the University of Georgia where he was primarily responsible for teaching the Masters of Avian Medicine students, working in the Poultry Diagnostics Lab, and supporting the poultry industry in the Southeast United States. His highly sought after research expertise involves Necrotic Enteritis and Organisms involved in Foodborne Illness. The Ohio State University, College of Agriculture provided Dr. Hofacre with both his B.S and M.S before moving to Athens, Georgia to obtain his Ph.D. and Masters of Avian Medicine from the University of Georgia where he currently resides. He previously was Manager of Professional Services at Bayer Animal Health, and has also worked for a broiler breeder genetics company and a turkey company. He has also has held the distinguished position of Executive Vice President for the American Association of Avian Pathologists since 2003. He is currently President of the Southern Poultry Research Group Inc. in Watkinsville, Georgia.

Dr. Diane Brodeur

Coming from an agricultural background, having lived on a poultry farm, she accumulated at the beginning of her career 5 years of experience in pork practice, nearly 10 years in the management of the safety and the quality of pork-poultry supply for a large Canadian processing company and then 3 years of pan-Canadian technical monitoring of poultry products within the pharmaceutical industry. She then joined the Boire et Frères team in 2010. She offers and coordinates veterinary support for the health and animal welfare, biosafety and sanitation aspects of the entire organization and ensures quality control at all levels through all the operations of the Boire group. In February 2018, she joined Ceva Animal Health as the Technical Services Manager for Canada. Recognized for its dynamism and determination and for her skills in analyzing and developing solutions to sometimes complex problems. Interested in constantly acquiring new knowledge, she is results-oriented and enjoys exchanging ideas and teamwork.

Dr. Jenny Nicholds

Jenny Nicholds is a clinical associate professor of avian medicine in the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Her interests include poultry parasites and metabolic disease. Before making a move to Athens, Nicholds worked as the Poultry Extension Veterinarian at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada and as a Veterinarian with Poultry Health Services Ltd., in Alberta, Canada. She has won the American Association of Avian Pathologist’s award for best field case/diagnostic report 2 years in a row, 2017 and 2018. Nicholds earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and her Master’s of Avian Medicine at UGA. She earned her bachelor’s in agriculture from the University of Alberta, Canada. Nicholds was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She lives with her husband William and their two girls: Elise, 5, and Stella, 2. She and her husband enjoy restoring vintage airstream travel trailers, although the project managers (Elise and Stella) are delaying renovations. Nicholds is a former triathlete and is in the process of picking up the sport again.

Dr. Neil Ambrose

Originally from Scotland where he grew up on a commercial egg layer farm, He studied agriculture at Edinburgh University before moving to Canada where he worked for a large integrated poultry company in the Fraser Valley for several years.  Dr. Ambrose earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and is also a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.  He is a practicing poultry veterinarian providing veterinary services to Sunrise Farms, all their company operations, their producers and customers in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. He and his wife Carolyn, are owner operators of a broiler farm in BC.