Learning objectives:

  • Describe the clinical symptoms of histomoniasis in different avian species, and how Histomonas meleagridis is isolated and typed in the laboratory.
  • Describe the life cycle and epidemiology of Histomonas in different species of poultry.
  • Appraise the current methods used to control Histomonas infections.

Presenter biography:

Dr Hafez is a head of the Institute of Poultry Diseases at the Free University in Berlin. Dr Hafez gained his Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) at the department of Poultry Diseases from Cairo University in 1975, and in 1981 completed his Dr. medicinae veterinariae (Dr. med. vet) at the department of Poultry Diseases, Giessen University, Germany and in 1994 he finished the Dr. habilitatus (Dr. med. vet. habil.) thesis at the department of Poultry Diseases, Munich University, Germany. Hafez has been a Veterinary Poultry Specialist since 1982; Veterinary Microbiology Specialist since 1989, Veterinary Animal Hygiene Specialist since 1996 and since 2005 Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Public health (Dipl. ECVPH) and since 2009 Diplomate of European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (Dipl. ECPVS). Dr Hafez’s career has focused on poultry diseases diagnosis and control in general and in particular respiratory and food borne diseases, management, and hygiene. In addition he is an honorary Professor at the University of Hohenheim since 1996 as well as honorary Professor at the University of Alexandria, Egypt since 2009. In addition, he is a member of several other scientific committees related to veterinary medicine. He is currently the Vice –(Past) President of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA), President of European College of Poultry Veterinary Science, Chairman of Poultry Scientific Committee of The German Veterinary Chamber, Chairman of the German Branch of the World Veterinary Poultry Association and Chairman Working group 10 (Turkey) European Branch of World Poultry Science Association (WPSA).

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