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Honeybee Health

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education
From: 9:30 am - 2:15 pm

This conference has been cancelled. Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Event Information

Lecture Only : $85
Lecture and Hive Demonstrations (limited to first 40 registrants) : $150


UGA Veterinary Education Center
2200 College Station Rd
Athens, GA 30602
United States


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
9:30 am 10:00 am
10:00 am 10:30 am
Overview of Bee Biology, Southeastern beekeeping industry, and economic impacts
Keith Delaplane
10:30 am 11:00 am
Major bee health problems: An overview
Keith Delaplane
11:00 am 11:30 am
Etiology and treatment of bacterial diseases
Lewis Bartlett
11:30 am 12:00 pm
Applied ecology for bee health management
Lewis Bartlett
12:00 pm 12:30 pm
Lunch Break
12:30 pm 1:00 pm
The Background and Legal Aspects of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) by the Georgia Department of Agriculture
Bailey Whiten
1:00 pm 1:30 pm
The Role of the Veterinarian in Honey Bee Health/Management
Joerg Mayer
1:30 pm 1:45 pm

For those not registered for the lab, the course will adjourn at 1:30 pm.

1:45 pm 2:15 pm
Hive Demonstrations


  • Lewis Bartlett

    Dr. Lewis Bartlett is a post-doctoral fellow at the UGA Honey Bee Program and Odum School of Ecology working at the intersection of infectious disease biology and beekeeping. His research focuses on how infectious diseases, especially viruses, cause so much harm to honeybees. He is currently focused on what extrinsic factors are causing viruses to be such a problem – including long-term impacts of Varroa, pesticide exposure, migratory beekeeping, and genetic diversity of our bee stock. Lewis began keeping bees ten years ago as part of scientific research and as a hobbyist in the UK before moving to America in 2016. He has worked with scientists across the UK, Europe, and USA, including University of Cambridge, University of Georgia, University of California Berkeley, Emory University, University of Ulm, and University of Exeter. His research goals are to inform solutions to managing honeybee diseases that are effective and economically viable, always with an ear toward experiences and insights from beekeepers. Lewis has worked on a range of bee parasites including most known viruses, Nosema, chalkbrood and stonebrood fungus, Varroa, and Crithidia. His published work includes studies on how insects adapt to defend themselves against diseases, the risk of pesticide exposure from spraying to control Zika-vectoring mosquitoes, and what we can expect to happen to disease transmission if we keep bees in bigger, denser apiaries.

  • Keith Delaplane
  • Joerg Mayer

    Dr. Joerg Mayer grew up in Germany where he received his primary education. He went to Budapest / Hungary to study veterinary medicine shortly after the “iron curtain” fell. During his studies he was fortunate to be able to work with veterinarians in South Africa and Namibia for 6 months. He always had a strong interest in exotic animal medicine. After he received his doctoral degree from the University of Budapest/Hungary, he went to the USA for an internship in ‘Zoological Medicine and Surgery’ at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. At the end of the internship he was part of a research team to study wild tree kangaroos in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea for 3 months.  After this exciting experience, he went to the Royal veterinary College in London / England to study for his Masters of Science degree in wild animal health. The masters project which focused on lead toxicity in the common loon, brought him to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in the USA. There he was hired to serve as a clinical associate professor and as the head of the clinical service for exotic animals. After 10 years at Tufts University he moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010 to take the job of Associate Professor in Zoological Medicine at UGA.


    He lectures regularly at large national and international conferences on all aspects of exotic animal medicine. Dr. Mayer qualified with the first batch of specialists in Exotic Companion Mammals as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, in addition he is also a Diplomate of the American and the European College of Zoological Medicine. He served as the president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians from 2010-2012. Since 2012 he is also an International Fulbright Specialist in Zoological Medicine. Dr. Mayer is a certified bee keeper thru the world famous UGA bee institute and enjoys taking care of his hive.


    Dr. Mayer published many scientific articles, book chapters some of which have been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. His latest book the “Veterinary Clinical advisor for birds and exotic pets” was published in early 2013 and contains over 750 page. In 2013 he received the exotic speaker of the year award by the NAVC. In 2016 he received the Oxbow/AEMV Exotic Mammal Health Award, an annual award to recognize excellence and innovation in the field of exotic mammal health.

  • Jonathon Nixon

    Johnathan Nixon has been with the Georgia Department of Agriculture for seven years. Johnathan is an Apiary Inspector for the Plant Protection Division

  • Jennifer Wren

    Jennifer Wren has been with the Georgia Department of Agriculture for five years. Jennifer is the Division Director of the Ag Inputs Division.

Additional Information

The wet lab portion of the conference is limited to the first 40 registrants.

This course provides 3 hours of CE credit.