Poultry Education Programs
The concept of WVEPAH is to provide complete training modules covering all aspects of poultry production. They include residential training courses and distance learning.
They are designed by professionals for professional experts in poultry production, who are aiming to: broaden their knowledge base in the sectors of health, biosecurity and production but also seek to validate their existing knowledge by obtaining official recognition of acquired competences by means of a university degree (diploma) internationally validated by the OIE (for veterinarians only).
These intensive training programs are mainly based on information exchanged among course masters and participants. They are built upon real case studies and problem solving.
The participants are professionals in poultry production, graduated veterinarians or animal production scientists. Only a few specific aspects of basic subjects (anatomy, physiology…) will be reviewed, the other aspects are assumed to be already known. Online information will be available prior to the course to allow a knowledge update where necessary.
After participating in a training program, the participants will have acquired a high level of knowledge, allowing them to diagnose and to deal with the majority of problems in specific fields.
The WVEPAH course consists of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, case presentations, laboratory work and site visits. Workshops and daily review sessions, including case studies, contribute to the development of critical evaluation skills.
Emphasis is given to the methods of obtaining specific information and how it is used for self-learning purposes and clinical work.
The core of the training program is composed of 2 or 3 residential modules. Each residential module is for 10 days. Distance learning material for the year between the two modules is distributed via a private Facebook group, which also serves as an information exchange forum between the participants and the course masters.
The course requirements are: a university degree in veterinary medicine/ agronomical education in animal production validated by a university diploma, participation in training courses in specific fields and a professional activity in the poultry sector.
The efficiency of the training is guaranteed by having a limited number of participants and theoretical training not exceeding 4 hours a day. The remaining time is reserved for case solving exercises or practical workshops.
Teaching is provided by tutors (course masters), who are internationally recognized experts in their field with proven educational skills. The course masters are responsible for the scientific content as well as for teaching the courses.
In the period between the two residential courses, participants will receive information from the course masters and will be able to ask the group about their own cases.
WVEPAH organizes its training programs in cooperation with well renowned universities, ensuring an appropriate environment as well as logistical support adapted to the course. WVEPAH provides organizational and technical support on site, in cooperation with the host Veterinary Faculty.
Following the training programs, the participating veterinarians have the possibility to take the “Certificate or Master in Animal Health: Poultry Production” university examination, awarded by the University of Luxembourg and validated worldwide by the OIE.
Briefly, the program requirements are as follows:
- A study length of approximately two years for the Certificate and four years for the Master consisting of: residential courses, distance learning between the courses, presentation of field work in the form of practical cases collected during their professional activities.
- A minimum number of course hours and a certain amount of official training “credits” are required. See Certificate and Master sections.
- Courses will be assessed by an examination and a participation certificate will be issued.
- To acquire the desired degree, participants are required to submit clinical case reports and a thesis.
It is envisaged to offer the participants the opportunity to obtain a certificate or a master’s degree in their field of study. The requirements of these programs include, in brief:
A study duration of two to four years consisting of residential courses, written work and the acquisition of practical experience during your professional activities in between courses.
A minimal number of hours of work for the course must be taken.
All course work is validated through an examination.
The participants also complete written tasks (case reports, case logs and thesis).