Avian Health

Poultry Health at the AHDC

The Avian Health Program offers diagnostic testing, consultation and extension services for commercial and backyard poultry producers. We provide testing plans for covering one pet chicken, small flocks, or commercial producers.

Need on-farm assistance? If your poultry flock is within 100 miles of the AHDC, ask about professional on-site farm services for a disease investigation. Please contact the Avian Health Program for more information.

Dr. Jarra Jagne, head of the Avian Health program and veterinarian specializing in poultry, a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, is available for disease, nutrition, health, and management consultation. The Avian Health Program also provides support for meeting the requirements of the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) and for exports.

Tests

The following tests are currently under development. Please email the lab for information on pricing and availability.

  • Avian Leukosis Virus A PCR
  • Avian Leukosis Virus B PCR
  • Pigeon Circovirus PCR
  • Lymphoproliferative disease virus PCR
  • Reticuloendotheliosis Virus PCR
  • Marek’s Disease PCR
  • Infectious Laryngotracheitis PCR
  • Pigeon herpesvirus PCR

Important Note: If submitting blood, EDTA tubes must be used. Samples containing heparin inhibit PCR reactions.

Backyard chickens
Rooster and chickens
Turkeys

Diagnostic Submissions

The Avian Health Program offers full necropsy services and advanced diagnostic testing for every client. Please contact us for disease investigations in commercial and backyard poultry flocks including chickens, turkeys, game birds, show birds, and racing pigeons.