May 2022

Featured Topic

Avian Influenza

PSA Insights

PSA's 1st Annual Report

PSA Meetings Update

Annual Meeting & Latin America

PSA Meme Contest

Call for Funny Photos

Member Spotlight

Dianna Bourassa

Interpretive Summary

Staying Clean to Prevent Cellulitis in Broilers

Spring Webinar Recording

Watch It Now!

Additional Reading

Predicting Eggshell Color

Student of the Year Award

Deadline Approaching

PEC Webinar

Bugs, Biome, and Breeding: Improving Laying Hen Welfare

Featured Topic

Avian Influenza


PSA's Let's Squawk About It

This year's Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has severely impacted the poultry industry's birds, products, and the mental health of workers. What makes this strain so much more powerful than strains experienced in the past?

Join PSA's Marketing Manager, Sam Shafer, and Cargill Canada Veterinarian, Chanelle Taylor, as we discuss the 2022 HPAI, the species being affected, and the ways it is being combated.

Watch the Episode

PSA Insights


PSA's 1st Annual Report

We have wrapped up our first-ever PSA Annual Report! Announced a couple of months ago along with the Global Engagement Report, the Annual Report sets a new standard of reports from the Association. The document serves as a year-end review summarizing membership, meeting attendance, financials, awards, and more!

You can expect the Annual Report in January-February moving forwards, we took a little extra time this year to create a template and an adequate summary of the previous year before making it available.

Read the 2021 PSA Annual Report Here

Sam Shafer

Marketing Manager, PSA

PSA Meetings Update


It is important that you book your hotel room as soon as possible for this summer's meeting.

The guaranteed PSA rate of $189.00 + tax is available through June 19, 2022.

Even if you are awaiting a decision on your abstract or have not yet registered for the conference, it is in your best interest to book your hotel room now.

Abstract Update

Initial Notice to Authors (Requested Revisions Email)**

May 10, 2022

Deadline for Authors to Submit Revisions

May 19, 2022

Authors Notified of Final Abstract Decisions

May 26, 2022

**Please note that if you did not receive this email, then no revisions are required and you will receive a final decision on May 26th.

Register for the Meeting
Early Bird Registration ends on June 1, 2022. Prices will go up after this date!
Reserve Your Hotel Room
Reserve by June 19, 2022 in order to guarantee the PSA rate.
2022 Latin American Scientific Conference

Show you're planning to attend the conference by joining the conversation on LinkedIn!
Join the Conference Group on LinkedIn

Abstract Submissions Open

The Deadline is Monday,

July 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

Submit Abstracts Here
Click Here to Add the Abstract Deadline to Your Google Calendar

PSA's Meme Contest


Call for Funny Photos

Do you have a photo of your birds that is...

  • Goofy
  • Unusual
  • Silly
  • Comical
  • Exceptionally Caption Worthy??

Excellent! Submit it to PSA's Meme Contest and you could win free registration to the 2023 PSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia!

More Information and Submit Photos

PSA Member Spotlight

Are you interested in being featured in a Member Spotlight? Or maybe you would like to nominate someone? Complete the Member Spotlight submission form here!

Dianna Bourassa

Current Employer:

Auburn University


  • Bachelor's Degree - University of Georgia
  • Master's Degree - University of Georgia
  • PhD - University of Georgia

Area of Expertise:

Poultry Processing

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?

I grew up amongst the corn fields of Toluca, Illinois where I raised backyard chickens for my 4-H projects.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?

My first job out of school was the same as my job during the majority of my time during my education, a biological science research technician for USDA-ARS. My responsibilities were to manage the lab and the birds for food safety research studies.

If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?

Say yes to unexpected opportunities.

What value does your PSA membership offer you?

PSA membership offers the opportunity to network with the larger poultry science community.

What is your favorite poultry breed?

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Interpretive Summary

Staying Clean to Prevent Cellulitis in Broilers

Cellulitis can be common in many species and leads to inflamed, read, and swollen skin. These effects leave a broiler carcass unfit for consumption. What can be done to prevent these infections?

A team of researchers in Germany recently compared biosecurity measures on farms with incidence of cellulitis and have pinpointed specific steps to take to prevent infection.

Read the Summary

Spring Webinar Recording


Watch It Now!

Did you miss the Spring PSA Webinar with speaker Martin Zuidhof? Not a problem! You can watch the recording of the webinar on the PSA YouTube channel now.

Be sure to check out all of PSA's past webinars in the Webinar Archives on the PSA Website here.

Watch the Spring Webinar

Additional Reading

Predicting Eggshell Color

This research note dives into eggshell colors and the contributions of various eggshell pigments. Using the L*a*b* method to measure egg color, the researchers are able to identify what causes different colored egg shells and what certain colored eggshells have in common.

This data could prove beneficial in future egg production with an emphasis on appeasing markets that have eggshell color preferences.

Read the Research Note

Student of the Year Award

Deadline Approaching

The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional PSA student member in the time period of August 2021 to March 2022. The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 travel grant.

Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT. The chosen recipient will be recognized at the PSA Hatchery Business Meeting during the 2022 PSA Annual Meeting.

More Information & Apply

PEC Webinar

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Bugs, Biome, and Breeding: Improving Laying Hen Welfare

The Poultry Extension Collaborative (PEC) is pleased to host their second annual webinar on May 17th! Registration is required and is free.

Speakers for this event include:

  • Dr. Jerine van der Eijk - Wageningen Livestock Research, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Anna Wolc - Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Amy Murillo - Assistant Professor, University of California Riverside
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Register for the Event

Animal Scientist/Veterinary Medical Officer/Biologist Staff Fellow Position

The Center for Veterinary Medicine

Associate Professor/Professor of Animal Science

Tarleton State University

Supervisory Research Animal Scientist

USDA - Agricultural Research Service

Position for Post-Doctorate in Animal Science

FCAV-Unesp - Brazil

The Pennsylvania State University

Instructional Assistant Professor

Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University

Do you have a position to list in the Career Center?

PSA is also happy to include complimentary positions, internships, and scholarships directly targeted towards students on the PSA Hatchery site. Please send inquires to Sam Shafer for details.

Webinar - Bugs, Biome And Breeding: Improving Welfare Improving Laying Hen Welfare

May 17, 2022

Virtual Event

May 17-19, 2022
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Multi-State Poultry Feeding and Nutrition Conference

May 24-26, 2022

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown

Indianapolis, IN

Facts About Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Spread and Control

May 26, 2021

Virtual Event

Biosecurity Tips to Mitigate Avian Influenza Risks

June 7, 2022

Virtual Event

Mediterranean Poultry Summit

June 8-10, 2022

Córdoba, Spain

USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic

June 20-21, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown

Nashville, TN

2022 PSA Annual Meeting

July 11-14, 2022

San Antonio, TX

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