Dr. Smith will be in charge of the lecture “Epidemiological and economic management of respiratory diseases in broilers and breeders” in the Meat, breeders and incubation’s Hall that will take place on October 24th at 10:30 a.m.
Dr. John A. Smith received his DVM (1975), MS in Medical Microbiology (1983), and Master of Avian Medicine (1991) degrees from the University of Georgia. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal, 1984) and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (1994), and is a PAACO-certified animal welfare auditor.
After serving two years in the US Army Veterinary Corps, he completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at Auburn University and a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia. He was an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University and an Associate Professor of Large Animal Medicine at Colorado State University. In 1991 he joined Fieldale Farms Corporation, the 16th largest broiler producer in the United States, as the Director of Poultry Health Services, where he was responsible for poultry health programs for pullets, breeders, hatcheries, and broilers.
Since 2016, he has been the part-time Senior Health Services Advisor at Fieldale and consults with the industry on poultry health issues. Dr. Smith has been an active contributor to organized poultry medicine via the AVMA, serving on the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee, which he also chaired, and the Convention Management and Program Committee; the AAAP, where he has chaired the Awards Committee, the Research Priorities Committee, and the Scientific Program Committee, and where he is currently President (2017-18); the Association of Veterinarians in Broiler Production, where he was President in 1995-96; the National Chicken Council, where he chaired the Poultry Health Committee in 1996 and the Animal Welfare Committee in 1998; the U. S. Animal Health Association, where he was Vice Chair (1999-2003) and Chair (2003-2008) of the Committee on Transmissible Diseases of Poultry; the US Poultry and Egg Association, where he served on the Foundation Research Advisory Committee for 16 years, chairing it for 9 years; the National Poultry Improvement Plan; the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association; and the Poultry Science Association.
He has also been a frequent contributor to continuing education programs, making over 90 presentations at AAAP, USPEA, ACPV seminars, the National Meeting on Poultry Health and Processing, and other venues since 1990, based on his field experiences with a variety of diseases such as Infectious Bronchitis Virus, Runting-Stunting Syndrome, and antibiotic-free production. He has hosted dozens of veterinary interns from all over the US. He has been recognized for his service to the profession with the US Poultry and Egg Association Lamplighter Award for Industry Service, 2004; the American Association of Avian Pathologists Lasher- Bottorff Award, 2006; as an AGHON Honorary Member, University of Georgia, 2015; the American Association of Avian Pathologists Special Service Award, 2016; the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Workhorse of the Year, 2017; and the American Association of Avian Pathologists Hall of Honor, 2017. The John A. Smith Lecture in Clinical Poultry Medicine was inaugurated at the Emerald Coast Veterinary Conference in 2016.