Poultry Health Science

The aim is to train academic professionals to become experts in poultry health care.

Poultry production is a global, fast-growing industry that is the biggest supplier of animal protein and eggs worldwide. This course offers in-depth knowledge on poultry health, diagnostics, clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, disease management, animal welfare, food safety and related matters that will help address local and global challenges in sustainable poultry health care. 

Suitable for: 
Veterinarians and postgraduates in Life Sciences working in poultry in a scientific or leading position, now or in the near future.
Entry requirements: 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or a Master’s degree in Life Sciences with affinity and experience with poultry. We expect a sufficient level of the English language to be able to understand the presentations, read scientific papers and discuss in English. 

Start date(s): 
19 September 2022
Time investment: 
Each module is 2-4 weeks with an estimated time investment of 12-16 hours per week.
Location: 
Online
Provider: 
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Partner organisation: 
Royal GD
Fee: 
€850 - €1700 per module (50% discount for ECPVS residents)

Course content

Poultry production is a global, fast-growing industry that is the biggest supplier of animal protein and eggs worldwide. Further growth is expected due to the growing demands caused by an increase of the human population (expected to reach 10 to 11 billion people in 2100). In addition, the relatively low impact of poultry production on the environment due to the highly efficient conversion of feed and water into meat and eggs contributes to the expected growth of the industry, as well as the lack of religious barriers for eating chicken products.

Worldwide, the production of eggs and poultry meat is no longer just about the lowest costs and highest efficiency. Aspects such as human health, animal welfare, reduction of antibiotics use, social acceptance, and the environment are becoming increasingly important. Acting at such a high level requires a thorough and continuous education on poultry health, diagnostics, clinical reasoning, evidence-based veterinary medicine, disease management, animal welfare, food safety, and related matters.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University offers an online, postgraduate course in Poultry Health Science in collaboration with Royal GD, Deventer, the Netherlands. The part-time program takes an average time investment of 12-16 hours per week for studying, reading, and participation in online activities. 

The aim of the postgraduate course is to train academic professionals working on poultry health or production, to become internationally recognised experts in integral poultry health care. 

The candidates will acquire in-depth knowledge in the fields of poultry health care, diagnostics, clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, disease management, animal welfare, food safety, and related matters that will help address local and global challenges in sustainable poultry health care. Part of the training is acquiring an international network. Good command of the English language is required.

The total program consists of separate modules of 2 to 4 weeks. The online content of each module is released weekly during the module and will contain a mixture of webinars, presentations, videos, reading material, and case studies (individual and interactive ones for the group). At several time points per week, there will be live online interactions between students (individual or group) and teachers. Modules can be followed separately, for example for postgraduate continuing education and training of residents of ECPVS or other colleges. 

This program is in the process of acquiring VetCEE accreditation.

Apply for module 5

Lecturers

Prof J.J. (Sjaak) de Wit, DVM, PhD, EBVS® European Specialist in Poultry Veterinary Science
M.G.R. (Mieke) Matthijs, DVM, PhD, EBVS® European Specialist in Poultry Veterinary Science

 

 

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