BUFFALO, Minn. — The Poultry Health Management School hosted its 18th year of classes on May 13-17, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. Designed as in intensive training course for on-farm poultry owners and their employees, the school teaches necropsy skills, current industry practice lectures, and applicable case studies in the areas of nutrition, housing/management, disease/diagnostics, and vaccines/medications.

The 2019 theme was nutrition and the school hosted more than 200 attendees.

PHMS is organized into two schools: Turkey/Broiler Health Management School and the Layer Health Management School. Since Iowa is the number one egg producing state, the PHMS steering committee decided to accommodate for increased attendance by holding two layer classes this year.

"Iowa State University was pleased to host the 2019 PHMS," said Dr. Yuko Sato, Iowa State University faculty and the 2019 PHMS host. "This school is a tremendous opportunity for attendees to improve necropsy skills in labs taught by veterinarians, share on-farm challenges with like-minded attendees, and learn from allied industry and academic experts in poultry nutrition."

Allied industry and academic professionals donate their time and poultry expertise to further PHMS's educational goals. In 18 years, PHMS has educated more than 2,000 attendees and reaches attendees across the country and internationally.

PHMS also extends a thank you to all sponsors who donated monetary support to fund this educational experience including Best Veterinary Solutions for two sponsored welcome receptions, and to Elanco and the National Corn Growers Association for sponsored avian disease manuals for turkey/broiler and layer school participants.

The Poultry Health Management School executive team is comprised of six poultry academic and industry professionals: Dr. Yuko Sato, Iowa State University (2019 host); Dr. Rob Porter, University of Minnesota; Dr. R. (Mick) Fulton, Michigan State University; Dr. Darrin Karcher, Purdue University; Dr. Teresa Morishita, Western University of Health Sciences; and Ralph Stonerock, Lapama'a Farms. The school is managed by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

The 2020 schools will be hosted at the University of Minnesota, May 18-21. Sponsorship opportunities open September 2019 and registration opens Jan. 6, 2020. Find more details regarding sponsorship, registration, school agendas and hotel lodging on the website, www.PoultryHealthSchool.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Groos, PHMS staff, at rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com or call 763-682-2171.

The Poultry Health Management School is a well-known, established entity designed to teach modern practices in poultry production and how to implement them on the farm. Since its inception in 2001, PHMS has educated more than 2,000 attendees and continues to be a leader in poultry education for growers and their employees.

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