College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Department of Veterinary Medicine

Nathaniel Tablante

DVM, MPVM, MS Professor

Phone: 301-314-6810
Fax: 301-314-6855













Education and Professional Experience

  • 1995 Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians
  • 1995 M.S., University of Guelph
  • 1985 M.P.V.M., University of California-Davis
  • 1976 D.V.M., University of the Philippines
  • Professional Experience
  • 2003-present Associate Professor and Extension Poultry Veterinarian, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland College Park
  • 1997-2003 Assistant Professor and Extension Poultry Veterinarian, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland College Park
  • 1994-1997 Quality Assurance Coordinator, Maple Leaf Poultry, Ontario, Canada
  • 1993 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 1989-1992 Epidemiologist (Broiler Breeder Operations). Magnolia Poultry Farms, San Miguel Corporation, Philippines
  • 1986-1988 Food Animal Intern, Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, University of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1986 Research Associate, Department of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis
  • 1978-1984 Livestock Project Analyst, Central Bank of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
  • 1976-1978 Staff Veterinarian, Dairy Training and Research Institute, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines

Current Research

  • Investigate knowledge gaps and risk factors in the pathogenesis and recurrence of Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) on the Delmarva peninsula; develop and recommend practical and cost-effective strategies to prevent and control ILT.


  • Develop an eXtension Community of Practice on Avian Influenza (AI); prepare and publish webpages for public access, e.g.
  • Assist in state, regional, national, and international efforts to prevent and control Avian Influenza by preparing educational materials and conducting training workshops and field exercises on AI outbreak response and containment
  • Provide up-to-date information on poultry diseases such as AI and ILT to poultry industry representatives, Extension specialists, educators, veterinarians, state and federal agencies, scientists, and the general public via fact sheets, phone calls, emails, websites, and other media
  • Build effective education and outreach programs on biosecurity and flock health management to prevent economically important poultry diseases
  • Conduct poultry health and biosecurity workshops for small poultry flock owners

Extension Resources

Educational CDs

  • In-House Composting Educational CD: Developed an educational CD: Guidelines for in-house composting of poultry mortalities due to catastrophic disease. This CD contains a Powerpoint presentation on three methods of in-house composting of catastrophic poultry mortalities. This project was funded by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association through a $35,000 grant with N.L. Tablante as P.I. 
  • Avian Influenza Pathology Slide Study Set (by N.L. Tablante and H.L. Shivaprasad): Developed for and distributed by the American Association of Avian Pathologists. May 2011.
  • Clostridial Diseases Slide Study Set (by H.L. Shivaprasad and N.L. Tablante): Developed for and distributed by the American Association of Avian Pathologists. February 2013.
  • Information and Training Resources for Avian Influenza Prevention and Control
    Avian Influenza eXtension Content Pages
  • Guide on Avian Influenza Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  • Online "Moodle" Courses on Biosecurity and Emergency Preparedness and Response

Recent Publications

Book Chapter


  • Tablante, N.L. The role of educational programs in the control of avian influenza. In: Swayne, D.E., ed. Avian Influenza. Ames, Iowa: Blackwell Publishing; 2008:485-498.

Extension Publications

  • Tablante, N.L. Biosecurity: A vital key to poultry disease prevention. Poultry Perspectives, Vol. 8, No.2, Fall 2008.
  • Blake, J.P., J.B. Carey, A.K.M. Haque, G.W. Malone, P.H. Patterson, N.L. Tablante, and N.G. Zimmermann. Poultry carcass disposal options for routine and catastrophic mortality. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Issue Paper No. 40, October 2008.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Madsen JM, Zimmermann NG, Timmons J, Tablante NL* (2013) Avian Influenza Seroprevalence and Biosecurity Risk Factors in Maryland Backyard Poultry: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56851. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056851.
  • Madsen, J.M. and N.L. Tablante*. 2013. Avian influenza biosecurity: filling the gaps with non-traditional education. J Extension (in press).
  • Madsen, J.M., N. Zimmermann, J. Timmons, and N.L. Tablante*. 2013. Evaluation of Maryland backyard flocks and biosecurity practices. Avian Dis (in press).
  • Tan, R., D.A. Bautista, K. Philips, and N.L. Tablante*. 2013. Descriptive study of the microbial profile of poultry litter from broiler farms with and without a history of gangrenous dermatitis and litter from an experimental poultry house. J Appl Poult Res (in press).

*senior and corresponding author

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