Extension and Outreach Activities
The Extension Program of the Department of Veterinary Medicine supports the mission of University of Maryland Extension. Our main goal is to build effective education and outreach programs concentrating on biosecurity and flock health management to prevent poultry diseases such as Avian Influenza, which can be detrimental to the economy and to the poultry industry as a whole.
Major Extension activities are as follows:
- Assist in state, regional, national, and international efforts to prevent and control Avian Influenza (AI) by preparing educational materials on AI prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Provide up-to-date information on poultry diseases such as AI and Infectious Laryngotracheitis (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.
- Conduct poultry health and biosecurity workshops for small poultry flock owners.
Our Extension Program currently focuses on Avian Influenza Prevention and Control through our eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) on Avian Influenza, under the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).