Novel technology to enhance chicken immunity without antibiotics receives funding
By Western Economic Diversification CanadaFeatures Health Research Poultry Production Production
July 14, 2015 – Canada’s poultry industry will be able to address a significant productivity issue thanks to a $400,000 investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada.
This investment will enable the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) to develop and commercialize a novel technology that delivers an immunity-boosting aerosol protectant to chickens as an alternative to antibiotics.
This project supports a multi-regional partnership with poultry farms based in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and engages highly qualified personnel in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia as well as industry associations from both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The funding will allow WCVM veterinary pathologist Dr. Susantha Gomis to realize nearly 10 years of avian immunity research and develop a novel, non-antibiotic, non-vaccine aerosol that can be used at the hatchery to protect birds before they are shipped to farms. More information is available here.
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