Poultry Future: What’s next for poultry health?

When: February 1, 2024
Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Room: B206
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia at IPPE
Fee: No fee to attend but pre-registration is required

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Confirmed panelists:

Joshua Deines, Ph.D., technical services device lead, Zoetis

Joshua Deines is the technical service device lead for Zoetis where he works to optimize bird health and hatchery performance by providing technical support for BioDevices and in ovo vaccination. Deines earned his Ph.D. in poultry science at the University of Arkansas with a focus on hatchery and breeder management, reproductive physiology and nutrition. Some of his research areas include incubation and egg handling and storage conditions, early nutrition and in ovo vaccination. Deines has previously earned degrees in animal science and agricultural education from Colorado State University.

William Herring, Ph.D., vice president, research and development, Cobb-Vantress

William Herring, Ph.D., joined Cobb as vice president of research and development in August 2022.  In this role, he leads the global R&D team and program for Cobb’s broiler genetics portfolio. William has over 30-plus years of experience and leadership in livestock and poultry genetic improvement and grew up on cattle, hay and crop farm in Georgia


Theresia Lavergne, Ph.D., senior technical service manager, Natural Biologics

Theresia Lavergne has been involved in agriculture throughout her life. She was born in south Florida where her family owned a beef processing and meat packing plant. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal and dairy sciences from Auburn University, a master’s degree in monogastric nutrition from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in monogastric nutrition from Louisiana State University. In 2022, she joined Natural Biologics as a senior technical service manager.

Dr. Linnea Tracy, veterinary services manager, Ceva Animal Health

Linnea Tracy, VMD, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and was drawn to veterinary medicine via a combined interest in population health, public health and food security. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where she completed a concurrent Master of Public Health through the University of Minnesota. In 2020, she completed her Master of Avian Medicine at the University of Georgia and became a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians in 2021. Linnea currently works as the veterinary services manager for Ceva Animal Health.