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Young Poultry Vet of the Year 2012 Announced

5 October 2012, at 8:39am

US - The inaugural Young Poultry Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr Kelli Holloway Jones at the recent meeting of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) in San Diego.

The new award, supported by the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) and Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry, was created to recognise and reward the best young talent in the poultry industry.

Pfizer Global Poultry Group Director, Global Marketing, Hector Badillo, who presented the award to Dr Jones, says she is an outstanding young veterinarian who was chosen from an extensive list of high calibre nominees.

“From the very beginning of her career, Dr Jones has demonstrated excellence in the field, a commitment to the industry and a passion for all things poultry; she is a shining example of the bright future of our industry.”

Dr Jones, 34, spent the early part of her career providing veterinary technical services to large poultry producers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and presently works at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University.

In addition, she provides veterinary services for the Jackson Zoo and the State Museum of Agriculture and Forestry, and has recently been involved in the care and testing of raptors rescued from various locations around Mississippi.

Dr Jones also acts as a consultant to the US and international poultry industries through a global poultry biological supplier, and serves on professional committees for both the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

Dr Jones says: “I am proud and humbled to be the first winner of this prestigious award. I would like to thank all my colleagues, past and present, who have contributed to my enjoyment and involvement in the industry, and am confident that this award will help to further my knowledge and passion for this sector.”

The award, aimed at rewarding excellence, highlighting achievement, and supporting the development of young veterinarians, includes a $5,000 grant to be used in support of professional development.

Further details about next year’s award will be announced in November.