March Webinar Focuses on Poultry


Plan to attend the Thursday, March 16, 2017 “Poultry as an Emerging Research Model” webinar from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

This webinar will focus on working with poultry, in particular chickens, within the research environment. Galliformes have played a vital role in biomedical research, contributing to our understanding of many diseases. In addition, some chickens and ducks spontaneously develop a form of muscular dystrophy that is very similar to our own, making them a key model for this research. These species have also contributed significantly our understanding of various infectious diseases, particularly contributing to our current focus on Avian Influenza and West Nile Virus. Information will be provided on the basics of avian anatomy and the unique features that make galliformes an emerging laboratory animal species. We will cover the fundamentals of handling and caring for chickens with special emphasis on bird behavior and the provision of social enrichment. Specific techniques related to avian surgery and common laboratory procedures will also be discussed. You will learn about the amazing avian egg and how it is used in a wide variety of investigations, from understanding embryonic development to the creation of human vaccines and proteins of therapeutic interest. Finally, we will take a look at all of the reasons that the poultry are indeed the ideal laboratory animal.

Order here. The fee is per connection; one connection can be used for site or group training. If multiple connections are needed, please place an order per connection. Discounts are available by using the Store Order Form PDF when you purchase 5 or more connections.

  • 5-9 connections: $10 off each.
  • 10 or more connections: $20 off each.

The 1.5 hour time frame will allow for plenty of time to submit your questions, thus giving you a more personalized training experience. Time and date not convenient for you? Share the presentation recording afterwards with your staff. AALAS will provide the link to view the webinar recording to all registrants several days after the webinar concludes.

Audience: Veterinarians, researchers, senior technicians, and managers.

Presenter: Lisa M. Kelly, BSA, RLATG

Lisa Kelly is the Training Core and Quality Assurance Manager for the University of Georgia, Office of Research Compliance. Sixteen years ago, she began her career in animal science as a poultry surgeon with a small biopharmaceutical company in Athens Georgia. Though her work originally focused on cloning, these efforts were eventually redirected to the creation of genetically-modified poultry that produced proteins of therapeutic interest. Lisa was directly involved, not only with the surgical implantation of genetically modified embryos, but also with hatching, procedures for DNA analysis and daily husbandry of the flock. In 2010, she accepted a position back at her alma mater as the Training Coordinator for the Office of Animal Care and Use. Since chickens are the third most common research animal at UGA, Lisa was able to leverage her years of experience in helping others learn how to work with this amazing laboratory species. Her position was broadened in 2013 to include training oversight for all types of research conducted at the University. Lisa worked with AALAS to author the Learning Library course "Working with Poultry in the Laboratory" and she has contributed two Lab Animal articles related to research techniques for chickens. She is regularly asked to speak, write, or train on this topic.

RACE Continuing Education (CE) Units: RACE approval pending.

AALAS CEUs: You can apply for up to 1.5 CEUs for the Technician Certification Registry or CMAR recertification. Please use the forms on the AALAS website or online CEU submission.

Following the webinar, certificate templates (RACE and AALAS) will be sent to the individual who registered on behalf of their institution. The registrant will have the responsibility to document attendance and distribute certificates to the webinar participants at their institution.

Back to News