13 - 24 October 2014
Freie Universität Berlin ,
World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health
Course Masters: Dr. Robert Gauthier (CA), Prof. Dr. Mohamed Hafez (DE), Dr. Daniel Venne (CA), Dr. Stéphane Lemière (FR).
This Chicken I “Comprehensive” course is an overview of important infectious and non-infectious diseases at different stages of the chicken production process. Participants will be trained to work up and solve common problems. The course also lays the foundation for more in depth studies on specific subjects covered in follow up courses.
Learning Objectives: Knowing the broiler production systems, Know how to evaluate the birds’ microenvironment in relation to flock health and welfare.
Gain advanced knowledge relating to mechanisms of disease causation for infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Recognize normal poultry tissues and recognize abnormal poultry tissues, characterize lesions, and interpret their significance.
Understand modern diagnostic technologies including both field and laboratory diagnostics.
Plan a logical diagnostic approach to the investigation of disease (including the identification of risk and causative factors of poultry diseases).
Collect appropriate diagnostic samples and perform relevant diagnostic tests for disease investigation.
Know how to interpret diagnostic results.
Learn to develop or adjust preventive medicine protocols, including biosecurity, coccidiosis, and vaccination protocols.
Regarding biosecurity, know practical ways to improve compliance for on-farm measures, including integrated pest management (rodents and insects).
Apply the judicious use of antibiotic therapy.
Know supportive and alternative forms of treatment against microbial pathogens.
Although the main focus will be commercial meat birds, this training program will include an introduction to turkey breeders (chicken breeders), food safety, and welfare.
During the morning session, topics are presented in interactive lectures supported by case presentations. The afternoons are reserved for wet labs and problem solving in small groups.