In several countries certification of continuing education is organized at the national level. Generally, the acquired experience and the collection of a certain number of credits during the participation at official teachings are taken into consideration in accordance with the European and international systems (ECTS)****. In many countries such formal recognition is missing.
It is clear that the achievement of special expertise and skills in a certain area can be greatly supported by comprehensive training programs associated with a quality control protocol attested by a university degree.
The World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH) offers an international post- graduate educational system by recruiting the best specialist-teachers from all over the world. It proposes, within the framework of the CAHPP courses, a set of international postgraduate programs eligible for the university diploma: ‘Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production’ (CAHPP).
It is important to understand that the WVEPAH ‘Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production’ testifies that a successful participant has acquired a high level of specialized qualification in one of the fields of poultry welfare, production and health. The Certificate favours the establishment of specialized competences in poultry production, which maybe continued further by the Master in Animal Health and Poultry Production) MAHPP.
The « Regulation » module of the certificate is taught under the supervision of the OIE. It is also validated by the OIE.
**** International and European systems (ECTS). Cf. ECTS users’ guide – European Commission
Objectives of the program
To offer structured formal educational training to professionals seeking to deepen their expertise in the field of poultry welfare, production and health.
To train such participants to recognize, diagnose and manage all common problems encountered in poultry practice
To enable participants to obtain competences to enforce the “OIE recommendations” covered by the OIE Regulation Module and issued to veterinarians under their national veterinary authority.
To train participants to interact optimally with experts in the various aspects of the field, under the supervision of the Veterinary Service.
To train participants in problem solving skills
To promote continuous life-long professional development
Duration of the program
The minimum time requirement for the WVEPAH Certificate Program is 1 year and must not exceed 5 years. Through their work in the different modules (distance education, e-learning and clinical case preparation), participants accumulate the required number of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to apply for the final exam.
Applicants holding a university degree in veterinary medicine or in animal science, working in the poultry sector for at least two years, may register for the WVEPAH program. After each course, they receive an “Attestation of Participation” but only veterinarians are entitled to take the Certificate exam, to obtain the diploma validated by OIE.
At the end of each module the veterinary participants can validate their acquired knowledge by means of a multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ). After validation of a ‘General’ module and a ‘Specialized’ module, the candidates having participated in distance education must present 25 clinical cases, including 3 in depth cases (case reports), which represent 50% of the final mark.
After the examination the ‘Post Graduate Committee’ will review all the grades acquired by the candidate following a multiple-choice questionnaire and the notation of clinical cases, then will issue the ‘Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production’. The OIE then officially validates the ‘regulation’ part of the diploma.
Contents of the program
The CAHPP programs once validated by an exam will give education credits ECTS under the European Credit Transfer System ****. The CAHPP programs and examinations are the same regardless of the training and certification sites in the world, thus ensuring a universal recognition. The official languages of the CAHPP programs are English, French, Spanish, with Chinese and Russian translation when needed.
For the CAHPP the principle is: “Everyone receives the same teaching and passes the same exam”.
The courses are modular
- ‘ General ‘ modules are covering the common disciplines to all species through a global approach: Pathology, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Biosafety, Applied Immunology, Vaccinology, Rational Antibiotherapy, Genetics and Animal Welfare etc. It includes the regulatory module taught by the OIE.
- ‘ Specialized ‘ modules are for Poultry: “Broiler Chickens”, “Eggs”, “Turkeys” and “Waterfowl”. The WVEPAH chooses the program of each site according to the local situation.
The modules are complementary and independent from each other. However, they can be attended in different order according to the participants’ needs, their linguistic knowledge, the timetable and the location of the course.
Between the modules, distance learning is provided through the WVEPAH private Facebook group and e-learning enables participants to continue working by exchanging on their own cases but also through the continuous input of information from the Course Masters. This participation to the distance learning process is mandatory to validate and to maintain the validity of the certification.
Participants receive the content of the module at least one month before the event. This allows them to upgrade in all the disciplines of the course. The teaching mainly consists of the study of real cases brought by the Course Masters and the participants and exchanges about them. Practical work: necropsies, laboratory, interpretation, etc. As well, as site visits (audits) also play a large part.
Intensive courses focus on deepening a particular subject or refreshing knowledge.
Validation of acquired knowledge
In order to validate the course work, an exam is mandatory.
The examination dates and times are set by the Luxemburg University.
The examination normally follows each session as a multiple choices questionnaire.
Exams are graded on a 0-20 scale (<10 = fail, 10 – 11,9 = sufficient, 12 - 13,9 = fair, 14 -1 5,9 = good, 16 - 17,9 = very good, 18 - 20 = excellent). The average final passing grade must be 10 or more.
The minimum duration of the Certificate program is 1 year and must not exceed 5 years.
The participants are expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the courses of the WVEPAH in their daily practical work in the field of poultry production and pathology. This activity is recorded in the form of 25 clinical cases including 22 case logs and 3 case reports.
In the course of the program, the candidates are required to accumulate 22 well-documented cases in the form of case logs.
A written summary of each case is presented in a standardized format (in tabular form) including case identification, history and general background of the production unit, results of the examination, laboratory findings, differential diagnosis, diagnosis and prognosis, measures taken and outcome.
The candidate is requested to submit his/her case logs to the WVEPAH Office.
The case logs are reviewed by 1 member of the Examination Board and graded on a 0-20 scale (<10 = fail, 10 – 11,9 = sufficient, 12 – 13,9 = fair, 14 -1 5,9 = good, 16 – 17,9 = very good, 18 – 20 = excellent). A passing grade is 10 or more.
In case of an insufficient grade, the candidate is notified about the shortcomings of the case log and requested to resubmit a revised version, or submit additional cases within 6 months of notice
Three cases (of the 25) are selected by the candidate for written in depth case reports. These must cover 3 different subjects.
The case reports include a complete presentation of the case, illustrations where necessary, literature review on the subject with references and a discussion.
The candidates must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the topic. Generally, a case report should contain 2000 words +/- 10%, including references and appendix (maximum of 6000 words for all 3 case reports).
Each case report is viewed by 1 member of the Examination Board and graded on a 0-20 scale (<10 = fail, 10 – 11,9 = sufficient, 12 – 13,9 = fair, 14 -1 5,9 = good, 16 – 17,9 = very good, 18 – 20 = excellent).
The final grade of the individual case reports is the average of all case reports. When this average grade is below 10, candidates will be invited to resubmit revised versions of the failed case reports.
Published articles and case reports might be submitted. These publications are automatically accepted.
Case logs and case reports must be written in English, French or Spanish. If in another language, they must be accompanied by a certified translation into English.