“World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health” WVEPAH
WVEPAH is the second branch of “European Association for Veterinary Specialization” EAVS, a non-profit organization registered in Luxembourg since 1989. EAVS promoted the transnational organization of Veterinary Specialization in Europe with the support of the EU. In 1992 it created the “European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies” (ESAVS) mainly addressing the companion animal area. ESAVS was supported by EU Education programs to develop the concept of veterinary specialization by offering high quality continuing education and as a recruitment platform for future specialists.
The ESAVS, has been very successful. Educational programs enroll more than 1 000 participants each year, coming from more than 50 countries in 27 locations in Europe mostly at Universities with and 8 in China. The ESAVS affiliated with the Luxembourg University offers European Certificate and European Master programs in the field of companion animal veterinary medicine.
WVEPAH was created in 2010 with the support of the OIE in response to the great need of validated competences in the field of production animals, for professionals with either a veterinary or an animal science background. Based on the ESAVS model, an international platform, for well recognized teachers in their field, was created and combined with an efficient organization for recruiting participants and for managing all practical aspects of the training. The association with the University of Luxembourg ensures quality control and academic conformity of the training.
The WVEPAH offers training programs in the field of production animals in order to improve knowledge of professionals in this field and also to allow them to better implement of the “OIE recommendations”. Participants, being experts already, may improve their know-how and knowledge in all aspects of their area of expertise. See diagram as result of analysis of the level of competencies of experts according to their daily work. In this analysis 40% work like practitioners, 10% in Nutrition and 35% in Pharmaceutical companies. Professionals in Poultry, as the majority of the experts, whatever their specialty, have a high level of knowledge in some aspects of the field. Like pathology, nutrition, immunology, vaccinology, antibiotics if they work like practitioners, in nutrition or pharmaceutical companies. But at the same time they can be weak in epidemiology, biosecurity, animal welfare, regulation etc. One of the goals of WVEPAH training programs is for these professionals to access the high standard level in all the fields, as required by the OIE. Thus they can have the status of international expert.
The aim is that after completing the program, the students can apply what they have learned in their daily practice, at university or in their company. WVEPAH could also function as a recruiting platform for future specialists.
Participants aiming to have their acquired knowledge validated by a university degree may take the internationally recognized Certificate and / or Master examinations of the Luxembourg University validated at a worldwide level by the OIE.
As far as poultry production is concerned, the examination for the “Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production” requires the participation to Module I “Disciplines common to all species + regulatory aspects of OIE” as well as one of the specialized modules Broilers, Egg Layers, Turkeys or Water Fowl Health and Production . The Master requires holding the Certificate and the participation to a second specialized module. See respective sections.
The WVEPAH is a continuing education organization. It recruits expert teachers and students, provides full logistic support (registration, course location, management etc.) in cooperation with the Luxembourg University responsible for ensuring the quality standards. The course masters are responsible for the course content, the structure of which is consistent with the teaching concept of the WVEPAH. The latter is described under “study programs”.