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Dr. Hector Cervantes: Plans to control Coccidia and current challenges

In this opportunity, we interviewed Dr. Hector Cervantes to talk about the plans to control coccidia successfully and current challenges in the poultry industry. 
  • About the eggspert: Dr. Cervantes received his DVM degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the National and Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1978. He did his graduate work at the University of Georgia under Professor Leo S. Jensen and received his MS degree in 1981. He received an Avian Medicine Internship Certificate from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Pathologists (Past President 2016-2017), the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (Past President, 2007-2008), the Poultry Science Association, the Southern Poultry Science Society (Past President, 2009-2010) and Asociación Nacional de Especialistas en Ciencias Avícolas. He has worked for poultry companies such as Cargill, Inc., Peterson Farms Inc., Pfizer Animal Health, and Phibro Animal Health. Currently, he is an adjunct graduate professor at the University of Georgia and an international consultant for poultry companies.
During the interview, relevant questions about coccidiosis were discussed. Dr. Cervantes gave us an update based on the following questions:
  • What is coccidia, how it is transmitted, and the life cycle?
  • What is the importance of coccidia for the poultry industry?
  • What are the current challenges of coccidia in poultry production?
  • What are the current methods to detect/diagnose coccidiosis?
  • How to create a successful plan to control coccidia?
  • How do these control plans vary according to the production system, talking about differences among chickens, broiler breeders, and layers?
  • What should we consider to prevent coccidiosis outbreaks?
  • How the antibiotic-free production preferences affect the use of anticoccidials?
  • What to expect in terms of local and international regulations?
You can also read the following articles about this topic: Alternatives to control coccidiosis and Estimation of intestinal integrity in poultry

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