- Describe the morphological and molecular features of metapneumoviruses.
- Describe the course of metapneumovirus infection and the main pathological changes in the key avian species affected.
- Evaluate the economic impact of metapneumovirus infections.
- Discuss the relative importance and sensitivity of the various methods used for the diagnosis and surveillance of metapneumovirus infection.
- Describe the different vaccines that are used to control metapneumovirus and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.
Dr Ganapathy graduated with DVM from the University of Agriculture Malaysia in 1991 and completed his PhD (mixed infection in poultry) in the University of Liverpool in 1997. In 2004, he became a MRCVS after passing statutory examination, and became a RCVS and European specialist in 2007 and 2011 respectively. He is engaged with research, teaching, consultations and CPDs, mostly on molecular immunopathogenesis, diagnosis, control and prevention of poultry diseases, in particular infectious respiratory diseases. His research focuses on avian respiratory pathogens and vaccines, especially on infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and avian metapneumovirus (aMPV). He has studied the interactions between live viral vaccines of IBV, aMPV and Newcastle disease virus (NDV). The group also undertakes worldwide epidemiological studies on infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), avian influenza H9N2, Mycoplasma gallisepticum (Mg) and Mycoplasma synoviae (Ms). In recent years, Dr Ganapathy has been consulted on various issues related to diagnosis, control and prevention of infectious diseases in broiler, layer and breeder farms in Asia, Middle East and Europe. Often, Dr Gana, as he is known locally and internationally, have been asked to conduct auditing on vaccine and vaccination schedules/protocols, as well on farm biosecurity measures.