Executive Committee of the World Veterinary Poultry Association

Here is the current executive committee.


Mr Nigel Horrox

Nigel graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1976 and since then has worked with poultry - firstly in a general veterinary practice and since 1980 on his own. Initially, he worked mainly with turkeys but then got more involved with chickens, having several of the UK's then major producers among his clients.

Since 1990, he has focused more on international work, mainly in Africa and Asia, and for many years was veterinary consultant to one of the world's largest duck companies with involvement from breeding through to the cooking plants. This work also involved a lot of technical training and over a 25 year spell he has trained more than 3,000 poultry personnel on management courses in South Africa.

Nigel has served BVPA in the UK for many years and was their president from 2005-2007. He joined WVPA's executive in 2009 and for the last two years was Editor of Aerosols.

In 2011 nigel was elected vice president and in 2015 he became president of WVPA

Vice President

Prof. Dr Aini Ideris

Aini Ideris graduated with a DVM in 1979 from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM), currently Universiti Putra Malaysia, an MVSc in Avian Medicine from the University of Liverpool, England, in 1981, and a PhD in 1989 from UPM. She continued to do further postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis, USA. from 1990-1992 and at Cornell University, USA, in 1993.

Aini has been actively involved in research related to the control of poultry diseases and development of poultry vaccines. Her research interests are in avian respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases, which have led to the commercialisation of Newcastle disease vaccine and tissue culture adapted fowl pox vaccine, in 1995 and 1996 respectively. She is also very active in professional associations, either nationally or internationally. Among others, she was the Deputy Chairman for the Veterinary Association Malaysia Education Trust Fund, Honorary Treasurer for WPSA Malaysia, and the Founding President of WVPA Malaysia. In 2013, she was inducted as an inaugural member of the Hall of Honour, WVPA.

In recognition of her scientific contributions, Aini was appointed as Fellow Academy of Sciences (FASc) Malaysia in 2008, Founding Fellow of Malaysian College of Veterinary Specialists (FMCVS) and Fellow of Malaysian Scientific Association (FMSA). In October 2011 she was elected as Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (FIAS).

Aini has held various administrative positions in UPM, such as Chairman of Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Deputy Dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dean School of Graduate Studies and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International). Currently, she is the Director, Corporate Strategy & Communications Office (CoSComm), Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Vice President

Dr Nicolas Eterradossi

Nicolas received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the National Veterinary School of Nantes, France, in 1989 and specialised in intensive animal production at the National Agronomic School in Rennes, France, in 1990. He was trained as a molecular virologist at the Pasteur institute in Paris (1995) and obtained his PhD in molecular virology from Rennes University (1998).

Nicolas has held a permanent position at the National Laboratory for Avian Pathology (now Anses-Ploufragan Plouzané laboratory) since 1991. He is now assistant head of the laboratory, head of the avian and rabbit virology and parasitology (VIPAC) research unit, and OIE expert for infectious bursal disease and avian metapneumovirus infections.

In 2007, Nicolas was one of the founding members of the European College for Poultry Veterinary Sciences, for which he now serves as Vice President.

Nicolas has been serving as the corresponding secretary of the French branch of WVPA since 2001 and, as such, he contributed to organising the XVIIIth WVPA congress in 2013 in Nantes. He joined the WVPA executive in 2015.


Dr Francois-Xavier Le Gros

François-Xavier graduated from the National Veterinary School of Alfort (Paris-France) in 1980 and specialised in Veterinary Public Health in 1981.

He then followed microbiology/immunology courses at the Pasteur Institute and joined the National Laboratory for Avian Pathology (now ANSES-Ploufragan laboratory) where he specialised in poultry science.

In 1986 he joined the future Merial in Lyon, where he held various management positions related to avian vaccines (quality control, clinical analysis, project leader).

He is currently Director of Avian Biologics R&D projects in Merial Lyon-Gerland laboratory.

François-Xavier is also a board member of the French branch of the WVPA and Diplomate/board member of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science.

Editor of Aerosols

Dr Charles Hofacre

Charles (Chuck) Hofacre holds a BS in Agriculture, an MS in Poultry Science, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. He also has a Master of Avian Medicine and a PhD in Veterinary Medical Microbiology from The University of Georgia.

He has held the positions of Director of Veterinary Medicine at Cuddy Farms Inc; seven years as a Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors for Ross Breeders Inc; and he was the Manager of Technical Service for Bayer's poultry business in the US.

Currently, Chuck is a Professor in the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and is the Director of Clinical Services for the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in Athens, Georgia. He has been the Secretary-Treasurer for the American Association of Avian Pathologists for eight years and is also a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Editor of Avian Pathology

Damer Blake
Prof. Damer Blake

Damer Blake is Professor of Parasite Genetics at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Avian Pathology. He is interested in parasites which infect birds, including aspects of genetics, diagnostics and vaccine development, as well as bacterial co-infections and host immune responses.

Damer graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Wye College (University of London) in 1997. Following an MSc in Pig Production, he completed a PhD in bacterial genetics, both at the University of Aberdeen. After the completion of his PhD in 2001 he took up a post at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) working on avian coccidiosis. In 2010 Damer joined the Royal Veterinary College, where he was appointed professor in 2016.

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