Module 6: Exotic Avian Diseases (1927)
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Michael Pruitt DVM
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Dr. Mike Pruitt is a 1983 graduate of Oklahoma State University (Animal Science Production), and 1986 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced in western Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, and southwest Kansas in multiple rural practices emphasizing food animal medicine. In 2005, Dr. Pruitt began his regulatory career with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry as the cervid and cattle programs administrator. In 2009, he joined USDA APHIS VS as a field veterinary medical officer for central Oklahoma. Currently Dr. Pruitt is serving as the Assistant District Director for Veterinary Services, District 4, Texas office of the SPRS business unit. Dr. Pruitt has also served as one of the operations chiefs for the Gold Incident Management Team.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


This module consists of two sections that will prepare you to recognize two important diseases that poultry, pet and zoo birds share. First, you will learn some general information that pertains to avian influenza (AI) and exotic Newcastle disease (END). Then you will apply the introductory information to a scenario based on an exotic avian disease case that occurred in the United States.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the hazards presented by less virulent forms of AI and Newcastle disease viruses

2. Recognize the clinical signs associated with high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) and END

3. Report a possible exotic avian disease and understand the investigative process