- Discuss the taxonomy and host-association of the different genera of avian adenoviruses.
- Describe the pathological effects of adenovirus infection.
- Discuss the main sources of adenovirus infection for chickens.
- Discuss the methods used to diagnose adenovirus infection.
- Appraise the current approaches used to control adenovirus infection in chickens.
Richard Irvine is the Head of the National Reference Laboratory (UK) for Statutory & Non-statutory viral diseases of Poultry, and Deputy Head of the EU/OIE/FAO International Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza & Newcastle disease at the Avian Virology and Mammalian Influenza (AVMI) Group, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), Weybridge, UK. He graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and then worked in mixed, predominantly farm animal practice for four years before joining the former VLA in 2001, working as a Veterinary Investigation Officer at one of the Regional Laboratories until February 2007. He was then appointed as the Deputy Head of the AVMI Group at Weybridge. His interests focus on furthering our understanding of Avian influenza, Newcastle disease and the endemic viral diseases of poultry, with provision of specialist consultancy to Defra, the European Commission, the OIE, poultry veterinarians and industry. He is vice-chair of the NFU Poultry Health Group and a member of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science and the British Veterinary Poultry Association. He also sits on a number of other industry, AHVLA and Defra technical and working groups. He has 45 publications in referred journals and approximately 200 other published outputs.