Galestan Yan Ghazikhanian
AAAP Hall of Honor

Dr. Galestan Yan Ghazikhanian (Yan) was employed at Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms (NTBF) for 33 years (1974-2007).  He served NTBF in the capacity of staff veterinarian and later as Vise President and Director of Veterinary Medicine.  Yan was officially retired from NTBF on May 31, 2007.   Yan for the time being until further notice, is a retained consultant with Aviagen Turkeys (AT), formerly known as NTBF, as a member of AT technical team.
Yan received his DVM from University of Tehran, Iran, at top of his class.  He journeyed to the USA to continue his higher education under a scholarship awards foundation. He received his MS and PhD in Comparative Pathology from the University of California, David (UCD).  Yan is a Charter member and Diplomat of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV).
In 1972-74, as a director of a director of a mobile laboratory, he worked at the USDA/APHIS/VS; participating in the eradication of Velogenic Viscerotropic Newcastle Disease (VVND) from the Southern California poultry industry.
Yan, during his professional career with NTBF, researched and coordinated the eradication of M. meleagridis, M. synoviae, M. iowae, Sal. arizonae and Sal. reading from NTBF basic primary breeding stocks, which impacted, on turkey health and performance.
Yan has traveled widely in the USA, Europe and South America; visiting turkey companies, attending to customers technical needs in turkey health management and attending trade and scientific associations and delivering technical presentations.
Yan has authored and co-authored many technical articles published in scientific journals and trade periodicals.  He co-authored the Mycoplasma meleagridis chapter in Diseases of Poultry: Editions 9, 10 and 11.