Study Programs – Introduction
The concept of the WVEPAH programs is to offer comprehensive training modules, consisting of both residential courses and distance learning. They are designed for professionals in the poultry industry who wish to broaden their knowledge in the area of poultry health and production. The intensive training is provided at an advanced level with major emphasis on a case-oriented and problem-solving approach. Since the target audience consists of poultry senior executives who have graduated from a veterinary school or a agronomic university, very little time is devoted to basic subjects (anatomy, physiology…). For those who need it, these will be covered by online information prior to the courses. Upon completion of a training program, the participants will have obtained a level of competence which will enable them to solve most of the problems in specific areas.
WVEPAH courses include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, case presentations and laboratory work. Special emphasis is given to how to retrieve specific information and how to use it for self-study and clinical work. Daily seminars and review sessions help to develop critical evaluation of the case material presented.
The core study program is composed of 3 residential courses of 10 days each, with distance learning between the courses conducted through the WVEPAH closed Facebook group reserved for the Course Masters, the CAHPP, MAHPP graduates and training participants. Requirements are a university education and academic degree in veterinary or agronomic studies. Follow-up courses in specific areas are envisaged.
In order to permit a high level of training efficiency, the number of participants is limited and theoretical information is offered for no longer than four hours a day. The remaining training time is reserved for practical problem-solving exercises.
Each course is taught by course masters who are internationally recognized specialists in their field and have excellent didactic skills. In the period between the residential courses, participants of the training program receive tasks from their course masters. These consist of material which will be mostly provided over the internet.
The course masters (tutors) in charge are responsible for the scientific content as well as for conducting the courses. We aim for universities of good standing as course teaching venues, which provide an adequate teaching environment and logistic support. WVEPAH will provide as much local organizational and technical support as possible.
The successful completion of the various exams allows course participants to obtain the ‘Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production’ (CAHPP) and then the ‘Master in Production Animal Health: Poultry’ (MAHPP).
The requirements of these programs include, in brief:
The minimum length of the Certificate program is one year, and must not exceed 5 years. It consists of: online and residential modules, written work, and the guided acquisition of practical experience during the participant’s professional activities between modules.
Number of hours
For the Certificate, a minimum of 160 course hours and 30 ECTS credits are required. For the Master’s, a minimum of 240 course hours and 45 ECTS credits are required. The details of the hours and credits required for work outside of the course hours are specified in the Certificate and Master sections.
Each session is validated by an exam, and, at the end, a participation certificate is issued.
Participants also complete clinical cases from their field work in a provided format, and, for the Professional Master’s, a thesis. These reports are very important – they represent half of the marks required for certification.