“World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health” WVEPAH
The WVEPAH is the second branch of the “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 European Union (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 in 27 locations in Europe and 10 in China enrol more than 1 000 participants each year, coming from more than 50 countries. The ESAVS, affiliated with the University of Luxembourg, offers the European Certificate and European Master programs in the field of companion animal veterinary medicine.
The WVEPAH was created in 2010 with the support of the OIE in response to the great need for more training for professionals in production animals and for their skills to be validated by a standardized exam. Based on the ESAVS model, the WVEPAH is a supranational platform which welcomes teachers well recognized in their field and manages all the course practicalities. The association with the University of Luxembourg ensures quality control and the academic conformity of the training.
The diplomas are issued by the University of Luxembourg and validated worldwide by the OIE for the regulatory part. The professionals are, therefore, able to apply OIE “recommendations” in the field. Participants, being professionals already, may improve their know-how and knowledge in all aspects of their fields. See the diagram for a result of the analysis of the level of competencies of experts according to their day-to-day work. In this analysis, 40% work as practitioners, 10% in nutrition and 35% in pharmaceutical companies. Professionals in poultry, as with the majority of experts, whatever their specialty, have a high level of knowledge in certain aspects of the field. For example pathology, nutrition, immunology, vaccinology, antibiotic therapy if they are practitioners, nutritionists or work in pharmaceutical companies. But, at the same time, they may have serious gaps in epidemiology, biosecurity, animal welfare, regulations etc. One of the goals of the WVEPAH training programs is for these professionals to reach a high standard in all fields, as required by the OIE. Thus, they can achieve the status of international expert.
The aim is that after completing the program, participants can apply what they have learned to their daily practice, at university or in their company. The WVEPAH also functions as a recruiting platform for future specialists at European and American colleges.
Participants aiming to have their acquired knowledge validated by a university qualification may take the University of Luxembourg’s internationally recognized Certificate and professional Master’s examinations, validated at an international level by the OIE.
As far as poultry production is concerned, the examination for the “Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production” requires the participation in Module I “Key Disciplines in Poultry Health / Regulation Module OIE- WOAH” as well as one of the specialized modules in Broilers, Egg Layers, Turkeys or Water Fowl Health and Production. The “Master in Production Animal Health: Poultry” (MPAHP) requirements include, but are not limited to, the participant obtaining the Certificate and their participation in a second specialized module. See respective sections.
The WVEPAH is a non-profit organization for continuing professional education. It recruits teachers, verifies the veracity of the participants’ qualifications and CVs, provides full logistic support (registration, course location organization in collaboration with the local host university, management etc.). The University of Luxembourg is responsible for ensuring quality standards and compliance with academic rules and for issuing the diplomas. The course masters are responsible for the course content, the structure of which is consistent with the WVEPAH’s pedagogy. The latter is described under “Study Programs”.