CEVA Animal Health has announced the appointment of three new starters to its UK poultry team.

Vet Pippa Abbey joins from Poultry Health Services, where she worked since her graduation from the University of Nottingham in 2017.

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She has experience providing veterinary advice and services with layers, broilers, turkeys and game birds.

In addition to her clinical work, Pippa is president of the Poultry Vet Development Group, which supports vets new to the poultry industry to help them develop.

She will offer technical support and advice to Ceva’s poultry customers, ranging from routine sampling, such as disease awareness and monitoring studies, to troubleshooting investigations and vaccine administration audits.

Ms Abbey will also support Ceva’s autogenous vaccine company, Ridgeway Biologicals, by advising on how this service can be utilised to help control disease where commercial vaccines are unavailable.

Also joining the team is John Sheils, who has five years’ poultry experience as a deputy hatchery manager.

Mr Shiels will support hatcheries with the day-old vaccination of chicks and the servicing of vaccination machines. He will also train staff on in-ovo vaccine machines and assist with hygiene monitoring and hatchability assessments.

Natasha Lovette has also joined Ceva as a team assistant, supporting the poultry team, from administrative duties to working with Ridgeway Laboratories on submissions and communications.

The three join Sanja Horvat, vaccination and equipment manager, and key account manager, Gavin Kelly.

‘Extensive skills’

Helen Houghton, business unit director for poultry at Ceva Animal Health, said: “We are delighted to welcome Pippa, John and Natasha to Ceva’s poultry team.

“Their extensive skills, experience and passion for the poultry sector will ensure that we can continue to provide technical support and advice to our poultry customers, while navigating the current challenges facing the industry.”