Interview of Dr Rozenn Souillard (ANSES)

rozenn souillard
rozenn souillard

This month we host in our section “focus on a partner” Rozenn Souillard from ANSES. She will explain us her interest in the NetPoulSafe project and the key role of ANSES in collecting and analyzing information.

Hello Rozenn, could you please explain us what your position is in ANSES and what your concern with biosecurity is ?

I am veterinarian epidemiologist in the poultry sector. I am in the Epidemiology health and welfare unit of ANSES. I conduct research projects on the poultry health and rearing conditions, to study the epidemiological situation of poultry farms and provide means of prevention and control of the diseases. The biosecurity is one of the major tools to reduce the risk of introduction, establishment and spread of animal diseases, infections or infestations, from and within an animal production. 

Why were you interested to join the NetPoulSafe project?

NETPOULSAFE is a multi-actor EU thematic network on the supporting measures to improve biosecurity compliance in the poultry farming. It is very interesting to join the project to stimulate the knowledge exchange between European poultry actors (the biosecurity practices, the difficulties and ways of improvement).

Who are the members of your team involved, and what is their role?

The members of my team involved in the project are Virginie Allain charged to conduct the processing of the data collected and Sophie Le Bouquin as supervisor of our task.

ANSES is task leader in WP2 leader, can you please explain what whas your work about the collection of biosecurity practices and supporting measures, that was essential for the first phase of NetPoulSafe project ?

Our task 2.1. consists in identifying and understanding, in the 7 National Poultry AKIS, what are the biosecurity practices that are effectively applied on the field in the different poultry production by interviewing the farmers, the advisers and also the operators. This first phase is essential for the project because this task allows to have an overview of the biosecurity practices in the different countries and avian productions, to understand the reasons to the efficient application of biosecurity practices on the farms and to develop the adapted Supporting Measures (collected in the task 2.2) in order to improve biosecurity compliance. The most promissing supporting measures are then tested through pilot farms in the WP3.

What are the next steps ?

We are finalising the analysis of all of the data on the application of the biosecurity practices in the 7 National Poultry AKIS. And the next steps will be to disseminate the findings to the farmers, the advisers and also scientists and policy makers at National, European and International level by the way of publications, international congress, etc…

What else do you wish to add?

The NPS network is a great experience to share knowledge on Biosecurity and to create links with other European partners involved in the same topic.

Thanks a lot Rozenn !   


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