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Andy Schneider

The Chicken Whisperer

Andy Schneider, aka The Chicken Whisperer, hosts the popular podcast Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer and has authored The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. Andy is also the national spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Biosecurity for Birds program.

Dr. Brigid McCrea

Poultry Scientist

Dr. Brigid McCrea, PhD, is a poultry scientist who has worked with small flock owners for over a decade.  Her expertise is being utilized at Auburn University in the development of curriculum for 4-H Youth Development's Animal Programs.

Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM

U.S. Public Health Service Commander

Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM is a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. Since joining CDC in 2006, Dr. Barton Behravesh has focused her efforts on investigating outbreaks of human illnesses caused by Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 due to foodborne, waterborne, and animal contact.

Jen Schneider, EdS

Elementary Education

Jen Schneider, EdS, taught elementary education for nine years. She has a masters degree and specialist degree in curriculum design. In 2007, she was voted Teacher of  the Year by her colleagues. 

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Lisa Pedro

Christmas Chick

Lisa Pedro, aka Christmas Chick, hails from Christmas, Fla. Lisa and her husband of over 31 years own Fort Christmas Farm where they raise a variety of poultry including chickens, guineas, quail, and ducks.

Maurice Pitesky

UCCE Poultry Health and Food Safety

Maurice Pitesky is a faculty member at University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) with an appointment in poultry health and food safety epidemiology. Pitesky earned his BS in biology from UCLA and his DVM and MPVM from UC Davis. Pitesky is also boarded in preventative veterinary medicine (DACVPM).

Peter Brown

The Chicken Doctor

Peter Brown, aka The Chicken Doctor, has been caring for chickens for over 50 years and holds an AAS in poultry science. Peter is a regular on The Chicken Whisperer radio show and founder of First State Veterinary Supply.

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