As part of the International Turkey Forum project, on August 26, 2021, the first symposium with a panel discussion created for practicing veterinarians specializing in turkey diseases was held at the Poledno Palace in central Poland.
The topic of the symposium was TRT and ORT diseases – main challenges and practical solutions. More than 30 veterinarians specialized in turkey diseases actively participated in this event.
Very interesting lectures were presented by Polish lecturers. Dr. Marcin Śmialek (Department of Poultry Diseases, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn; SLW BIOLAB s.c.; RB VAC sp. Z o.o.) presented practical aspects of the diagnosis and immunoprophylaxis of TRT. Second Dr. Marcin Andrzejewski from the Vet Clinic Panda in Iława shared practical information on ORT in the past and currently seen from the perspective of a field veterinarian. It was a good opportunity to exchange field experiences on these classic turkey diseases.
Finally, Dr. Marcin Śmialek and Mr. Miron Decowski (Head of Laboratory Diagnostics, RB VAC sp. Z o.o.) presented the diagnostics of some bacterial and viral diseases and rules for creating the herd specific vaccines. This lecture was seen as a significant contribution to the knowledge on this subject.
The great interest in the topics and the Turkey project was reflected by the very interesting discussion about the topics of the lectures and also other related subjects.
After the official part, there was an opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences in a less formal atmosphere.
In line with this project we already planned the next turkey meetings in other European countries and a second one in Poland which will take place in the first quarter of 2022. Preliminary topics for these meetings have already been selected in the discussion with the participants during the last meeting.
Due to the success of this first turkey symposium and the limited possibilities we had the first 7 months of this (COVID-19) year, we have concluded that not only 2021 should be the year of the turkey. From 2021 onwards we will continue to promote the coming years as being the years of the turkey!