I. The use of models for husbandry practices involving the areas of quarantine, safety systems, caging, nutrition, nursery, and record keeping
Models can be applied to a variety of set-ups in avicultural facilities.
Guidelines were designed to provide instruction on each area within the aviculturists' facility.
These Guidelines are for the use of the aviculturists in planning or improving their facility and to provide assistance to the veterinarians when they are inspecting the facility.
II. The use of the veterinarian as inspector
The veterinarian who inspects the bird farm facilities is chosen by the aviculturist.
The veterinarian imparts the authority of a state-licensed professional to the MAP process, while maintaining the confidentiality of the aviculturist.
Avian veterinarians helped design the Model Aviculture Program; their medical experience and knowledge have provided the needed compliment to the experience and knowledge of the aviculturists in creating a program that is effective and useful.
III. Utilization of the Closed Aviary Concept
Avicultural facilities which use this concept have an effective means of disease control.
The Closed Aviary Concept provides the aviculturist with a means to secure and maintain flock health, to isolate and control disease outbreaks in flights or in the nursery, and thus to reduce losses and achieve production goals.
Applying the principles of the Closed Aviary Concept to avicultural husbandry practices lays the foundation for a successful bird farm.
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