2018 - 2023

Optimizing antibiotics free preventive strategy using vaccines and probiotics for controlling necrotic enteritis in chicken

Principal Investigator: Susantha Gomis, University of Saskatchewan
Status: In progress


Necrotic enteritis (NE) is an economically important disease of poultry caused by the bacterium Clostridium perfringens (CP) type A.  Vaccine against NE is not available. Our major goal is to develop a strategy for controlling NE in chickens using novel vaccines and probiotics formulated in our lab while comparing and combining them with an autogenous vaccine (will be prepared from VECCI-VET Inc.) and commercially available probiotics (PoultryStar®) options available in Canada.


$900,000 (AAFC/CPRC $690,000*, Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan $120,000,Saskatchewan Poultry Extension $90,000(In-Kind))

*This research is part of the 2018-2023 Poultry Science Cluster which is supported by AAFC as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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