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Game Birds
Disease control in adult pheasants
  1. Tom Pennycott

    Tom Pennycott qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1978 and spent four years in general practice. After a short spell working for MAFF in Ayr, he moved to the Veterinary Investigation Centre in Worcester where he worked for five years. During that time he developed a particular interest in avian medicine and pathology. He returned to Ayrshire in 1988 and established the Avian Health Unit at the Scottish Agriculture College in Auchincruive. He holds the RCVS certificate in poultry medicine and production.


OF all the different types of birds farmed commercially, veterinary surgeons in general practice are most likely to come across game birds, especially pheasants. Pheasants are reared each year to provide large numbers of birds for release into the wild, mostly for sport. This article describes the disease problems encountered during the management of adult pheasants used to produce fertile eggs for hatching artificially. It also discusses the implementation of some measures used to control these diseases.

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