​​An Opportunity for Experienced or New Chicken Owners

Dr. Cheryl Greenacre, UT CVM
Dr. Cheryl Greenacre will present at the Backyard Chicken Owners’ Seminar to be held on the UT agricultural campus on May 2. Greenacre recently published a book about backyard chickens. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) will host “Backyard Chicken Owners’ Seminar” on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  The seminar begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 4:15 p.m. The conference will be held in Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the UT agricultural campus on E.J. Chapman Drive. A tour of the Avian Ward at the UT Veterinary Medical Center will be held immediately following the seminar.

The seminar is designed for those who have owned chickens for years or are new to raising chickens. Dr. Cheryl Greenacre, a UTCVM professor and specialist in avian and exotic companion mammals, is excited about the seminar. “This is a unique opportunity to meet experts in all aspects of chicken care from infectious diseases to showing poultry.” Greenacre is the current president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and recently published Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery: A guide for Veterinary Practitioners.

Speakers include board-certified faculty of the veterinary college. Topics include basic chicken care, biosecurity, common diseases, parasites, and egg handling.

The cost for the seminar is $38 for adults and $18 for children younger than 18 years. This fee covers lunch and refreshments. Visit https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/ce  to download a brochure and registration form or to register online.  Advance registration by April 24 is requested to ensure adequate food and supplies. The cost increases to $40 and $20 for on-site registration.  For more information email cvmce@utk.edu, or call 865-974-7264.

One of 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.

In addition to the programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 research and education centers and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.   

Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7377, sharbiso@utk.edu