Project Overview
The American Association of Avian Pathologists
Biographies of Professionals in Poultry Health
Biographies are important
It is through the lives of people that history is realized.  Thus a biography (or autobiography) documents a slice of history as seen or experienced by an individual.  We learn from history and it is incumbent on us, the living, to make sure that history is preserved for the benefit and edification of succeeding generations.
Biographies do much more than document the life of a person.  They also reveal important information about the people who influenced, or were influenced by, the subject person.  Biographies document events and iconic moments of historical interest to avian medicine and the roles of specific persons in those events.  Thus, biographies may not only influence, motivate, encourage and teach younger generations, but are a source of inspiration and admiration also. A biography will increase in value over the years, and are often highly valued by the families and colleagues of the subject person.  Therefore, we encourage you to share your life’s professional experiences and wisdom with your colleagues, both young and old, by writing your biography.
AAAP Biographies
In 1996 the AAAP launched an effort to document the lives of members and others through a solicitation of biographical (or autobiographical) information.  Submitted materials, which included a curriculum vitae with publications, a photo, and a “reflective statement,” were to be deposited in the AAAP Archives at Iowa State University.  The History of Avian Medicine Committee was responsible for this activity.
A number of AAAP members thus contributed autobiographies.  Several biographies were written by History Committee members on behalf of persons deceased or who needed help to complete the writing.  The biography collection was posted on the AAAP website in 2007.  The web biographies provide easy access to historical information and also serve as models for those wishing to prepare their own materials.
Merial Biographies
Merial Select launched in 2005 a publication series entitled Merial Selections.  Each issue featured a section where one or more prominent persons in the poultry industry were featured.  Initially, the section was designated as the Integrator/Innovator section and featured persons prominent in the poultry production industry.  Subsequently, The section was termed the Leaders and Legends section and featured persons prominent in the areas of poultry disease and poultry science.
Selection of persons to be featured was accomplished by Merial Select (name changed to Merial in 2010). The Merial Selections series ran for 7 years (2005-2011).  The information was obtained by means of a face-to-face interview, which in some cases was videotaped.  The text was constructed by a professional science writer.  The video was condensed into a 5-10 minute clip.  The biographical information contained therein is unique and not generally available in library collections.  By permission from Merial and Watt Publishing, the 28 biographical articles of this magazine series as well as 9 available video clips are reproduced here.  This information is not generally available elsewhere and adds substantially to the AAAP biography collection.
JAVMA biographies
In addition, a few biographies (or personal reflections) have been published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The texts are not reproduced here as these articles are available in libraries.  However, the references are listed.
When searching for information on a particular person, please consult all the sections in this website.
Information for Prospective Authors
Who should submit a biography?
Any person, living or deceased, who has made significant contributions to poultry medicine or the AAAP, is a candidate for documentation. All submissions will be accepted. Self-contributions are encouraged, especially from persons at or beyond retirement age.  Members are encouraged to prepare biographies on behalf of persons deceased or who need help.
What should I submit?
    1. A written summary (reflective statement) of a person’s life, including the early days, education, professional contributions as well as family and personal interests.  Please use the existing biographies as a model.  The length is variable, but normally will be less than 30 double spaced pages. A digital file is preferred.
    2. One photo, preferably of professional quality, which depicts the individual during his or her professionally active years.  Additional high quality photos may be submitted for insertion into specified locations in the text, if desired.   Photos can be submitted either as hard copy or a high quality digital file, in color or B&W.
    3. A curriculum vitae is desired but not required.  If possible, it should include the professional publications of the individual.
What is a reflective statement?
To every career there is a professional and a personal side. The reflection is meant to include the personal side of the story, not the answer to 'what was done' but 'why was it done'. It is an opportunity to record your side of things, how things actually happened, your gratitude to mentors, or words of wisdom for those who follow you. Writing a reflective statement.

Can I get some help?
Yes!  You are encouraged to communicate with the AAAP History Committee your intention to prepare materials.  A committee member will be available to answer questions and discuss strategies for the preparation of the needed materials.
What happens to the materials I submit?
Your materials will be rendered into a digital format consistent with that of the existing biographies and then submitted to you for final approval.  Once approved, the biography will be posted on the AAAP website and hard copies of all materials, including the CV, will be submitted to the AAAP Archives.  Hard copies of these materials may be retained by the AAAP History Committee. If desired, original photos can be returned to the author.  The author will be notified when posting on the website is complete.
Contact Person

Please contact Dr. Gabriel Senties-Cue, email: [email protected], who serves as the coordinator for the biography project

Alternatively, you may contact the chair of the AAAP History of Avian Medicine Committee, currently Dr. Yuko Sato, email: [email protected]

Citation of Biographies
The citation format for electronic documents such as biographies is determined by the journal.  Please consult the appropriate guidelines for authors.
For Avian Diseases, the preferred citation format is as follows:
Biggs, P.M., Peter Martin Biggs. In: American Association of Avian Pathologists Biographies of Professionals in Poultry Health.  [Internet]. [authored 2009; accessed 00/00/00]. Available at
AAAP Biographies and Autobiographies


Merial Biographies

Origin of the Concept for the Merial Selections Biography Series

Email from David Smith, 8/24/2016, to Dick Witter (portions only)

The article series was called Leaders and Legends.  The idea actually came up in a casual conversation, probably over lunch, between Jerry Chapman and I.  Jerry was working for me in Marketing at the time and we were observing how the poultry industry/avian medicine field was unique in that many of the pioneers were still alive.  I commented that the people things are named for are still around.  Jerry observed that, while this was true, many of them were getting along in age and someone should make an effort to capture firsthand accounts of their work.  That led to the idea of doing the interviews with these iconic founders and using it as the basis of a newsletter.  Jerry really took hold of the idea and ran with it.  He did a fantastic job and, I think, we were very successful in telling the story of some really interesting people and their foundational work.  What I really enjoyed about the series was learning about the lives of these men outside their professional careers.  There were some really fascinating stories.

Further to the same story is printed on the last page of the Merial Selections, vol. 7, no. 3, in a short piece authored by David Smith, Director of Veterinary Services and Marketing, Merial.  This piece is entitled “All Good Things Must End.

The series was published by Watt Publishing Company.


Merial Video Clips

David Anderson
Bruce Calnek
Julius Fabricant
Robert W. Keirs
Stanley Kleven
Karel A. (Ton) Schat
Richard L. Witter
Paul Siegel
George Watts



Other Biographies

JAVMA Biographies

• Rosenwald, A.S. Fifty years with feathered food animals. JAVMA 195:1490-6. 1989.
• Hitchner, S.B. Blending business and research in avian medicine. JAVMA 198:1526-30. 1991.
• Bullis, K.L. Dedication to avian studies. JAVMA 199:864-7. 1991.
• Shor, L. Variety, the spice of industrial veterinary medicine. JAVMA. 203:1529-31. 1993.
• DeLay, P. Far removed from the Iowa "cow war". JAVMA 210:620-2. 1997.

Other Biographical Information
Profiles of Coccidiologists,  2nd ed.,  P.L. Long and L.P. Joyner, Eds., Published by Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, Kingston University and St. George’s Hospital Medical School, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 ORE, 193 pgs., 1996.  (available from the Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA)  (copy on deposit in the AAAP Archives, Iowa State University, Parks Library Special Collections)