Main Challenges in Poultry Farming. Sampling
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Main Challenges in Poultry Farming. Sampling

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This book describes the ideal protocols for the collection of samples from live animals and of environmental samples from the facilities, and addresses important aspects of sample collection. It also provides information about the samples of choice for the diagnosis of the most common diseases in commercial poultry flocks.

Cristina Gómez Martínez

Cristina Gómez Martínez holds a degree in veterinary science (2007) from the University of Extremadura (Spain) and a master’s degree in food safety (2010) from the Madrid College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Complutense University of Madrid. Her master’s dissertation was titled “Implementation, evaluation and improvement of control plans as the foundation for a system based on HACCP principles to reduce the prevalence and the risk of introduction and dissemination of food-borne zoonoses in poultry meat”.

Her professional career has involved work in both the public and private sectors. She began her collaboration with the Health Surveillance Centre of the Complutense University of Madrid (VISAVET-UCM) in 2010, joining the Foodborne Zoonoses and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit to manage research projects in the poultry sector. Currently, she is the head of the Project Management Unit of the VISAVET-UCM Centre.

In the past five years, Cristina Gómez has coauthored five articles in specialist magazines, over ten book chapters and a book. In addition, she has given nine presentations at national congresses in the field of animal health and food safety. She has participated in more than 15 research projects supported by public funding and collaborations with government and private companies.

Sonia Téllez Peña

She graduated (1998) and obtained her PhD (2003) in veterinary medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. She joined the Department of Animal Health of the UCM Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 to complete her doctoral thesis “Detection and characterisation of Salmonella in reptiles and amphibians”.

After completing her PhD, she worked as a researcher at the VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre, UCM (VISAVET-UCM), where she focused on the surveillance of microorganisms responsible for food-borne zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

She has worked as a researcher in a private company since 2014.

1. Introduction

Reasons for sampling. Importance Keys for correct sampling

Biosecurity in sampling

Microbiology samples

Molecular biology samples

Pathology samples

Other samples

Minimum data to accompany the samples

2. Biological samples

Blood and serum

Venipuncture of the cutaneous ulnar vein (wing vein)

Jugular vein puncture

Cardiac puncture

Handling of blood samples and serum collection

Material for blood and serum collection




Upper respiratory tract samples

Tracheal swabs

Oropharyngeal swabs

3. Environmental samples from the poultry houses

Floor and surface samples

Sampling material


Boot swabs


Microbiological control plates

Other samples



4. Sample storage and submission

Storage conditions and submission of samples to the laboratory



5. Samples of choice for diagnosis

Samples of choice for the diagnosis of the major diseases in poultry production

  • Autor/es Cristina Gómez Martínez, Sonia Téllez Peña
  • Fecha de edición agosto 2019
  • Nº Páginas 80
  • Encuadernación Tapa blanda. Wire-o
  • Tamaño 17 X 11
  • Idioma Inglés

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