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Welcome Maurice Pitesky--new Cooperative Extension poultry specialist

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Maurice Pitesky, Assistant Specialist for Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology

Dr. Maurice Pitesky joined the Department of Population Health and Reproduction as an Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology, effective May 1, 2013.

Pitesky obtained his BS in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996), MS in agriculture from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (1999) and DVM and MPVM from the University of California, Davis (2008 and 2009, respectively). 

Pitesky’s educational outreach and research interests in poultry developed during his tenure with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). In 2011 he began producing publications on poultry diseases for CDFA newsletters, Cooperative Extension, and the California Veterinary Medical Association. He also began making numerous presentations at key poultry health venues in the state, including the California Egg Quality Assurance Program, the California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force, the California Poultry Federation, the American Association of Avian Pathologists, and the Western Poultry Disease Conference.

His most recent research into diseases of strategic economic importance to California and published this year in Avian Diseases includes a comparison of surveillance methods for Salmonella enteritidis utilized by the FDA (the “Egg Safety Rule”) and the State of California (the “California Egg Quality Assurance Program”), and historical, spatial, temporal, and time-space epidemiology of Very Virulent Infectious Bursal Disease in California.