In the spirit of the recently passed Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday turkeys, let’s talk about poultry! A little bit of background: According the the USDA, the total combined value of the poultry industry in 2014 was $48.3 billion ($2.5 billion of that came from California!). Now that’s a lot of money--and it also means a large market with a lot of work opportunity. Getting into this business means working mostly with chickens (meat and eggs), but also turkeys, and perhaps even quail. Being a Poultry Veterinarian: Everyone knows about being a small animal vet, an equine vet, or a large animal vet--but you hardly hear about people working with chickens! There is actually an American College of Poultry Veterinarians, a specialty board that provides certification, as well as an Association of Avian Veterinarians. Some veterinary schools have specific tracks for students wishing to become poultry vets. For instance, North Carolina has a Poultry Health Management option, and the University of Florida offers courses on poultry health, nutrition, and management. Employment can be found with major name brands. Tyson, for example, hires multiple veterinarians to be in charge of breeding, feeding, and welfare practices, and so does Foster Farms. How You Can Get Involved: Here at UC Davis, we have a variety of avian facilities available for research and teaching. There is the Hopkins Avian Facility out in west campus, as well as the Meyer Hall Hatchery and Meyer Hall Avian Facility. (Check out http://asac.ucdavis.edu/facilities%20info.htm for more information and contact details.) There is also a newly created pastured poultry project, also in west campus (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/phr/crowdfunding.cfm).