Areas covered will include:
Major and emerging viral pathogens of poultry: Adenoviruses, astroviruses, avian influenza virus, avian rhinotracheitis virus, avian leukosis virus, chick anaemia virus, circoviruses, encephalomyelitis virus, fowl pox virus, infectious bronchitis virus, infectious bursal disease virus, infectious laryngotracheitis virus, Marek’s disease virus, Newcastle disease virus, reovirus.
Major bacterial, protozoan and fungal pathogens of poultry: Campylobacter, Clostridium, Eimeria, E. coli, Histomonas, Mycoplasma, Salmonella, protozoan and fungal infections.
Poultry production: Structure and organisation of the poultry industry, principles of production, health and other issues relating to the production of broilers, egg-laying flocks, turkeys, ducks and game birds, feed issues.
Biosecurity and field investigations: Principles and practice of biosecurity, methods and analysis of field investigations, notifiable disease control.
Laboratory approaches to disease control in poultry: Laboratory diagnosis by virus isolation, serological methods, and molecular approaches including PCR.
Medication and vaccination: Poultry pharmaceuticals, vaccine production, vaccine administration, autogenous vaccines, the poultry immune system, and breeding for resistance to disease.
Practical day (residential version only): Hosted by the University of Nottingham and Minster Veterinary Practice, this day will include gross post mortem examination and sample collection, demonstrations of virus isolation, electron microscopy and serological testing, discussion on tissue submission quality, analysis interpretation and reporting of results, basics of avian microbiology, isolation and identification of common bacterial poultry pathogens.
The skills and knowledge delivered in this programme are highly relevant to technical staff, veterinarians and managers employed in the poultry sector who wish to build on their expertise and enhance their career opportunities within the industry. It is also suitable for non-specialist graduates or new entrants who wish to gain a thorough knowledge of the poultry sector while working towards the postgraduate awards in Agrifood.
On successful completion of this module delegates will be able to:
- Evaluate the risks and impact of outbreaks of zoonotic and foodborne diseases in live birds and poultry products.
- Appraise the main methods currently used to contain and/or control major and emerging poultry diseases and implications, with reference to vaccination, chemotherapy and biosecurity.
- Assess the impact of molecular and cellular biology on veterinary diagnostics in the poultry sector.
The course is delivered by expert lecturers from the United Kingdom and Europe. Lecturers include academics engaged in active research into poultry health and disease, and expert poultry veterinarians:
- Susan Baigent (The Pirbright Institute)
- Paul Barrow (University of Nottingham)
- Damer Blake (Royal Veterinary College)
- Janet Bradbury (University of Liverpool)
- Ian Brown (Animal and Plant Health Agency)
- Peter Cargill (Wyatt Poultry Veterinary Services)
- Vanessa Ceeraz (Animal and Plant Health Agency)
- Michael Clark (Minster Veterinary Practice)
- Jane Cook (Huntingdon)
- Mark Fife (The Pirbright Institute)
- Kannan Ganapathy (University of Liverpool)
- Grant Hayes (Slatehall Veterinary Practice)
- Mike Jones (University of Nottingham)
- Richard Jones (University of Liverpool)
- Paul McMullin (Poultry Health Services)
- Venugopal Nair (The Pirbright Institute)
- David Parsons (Veterinary Consultant)
- Adrian Smith (University of Oxford)
- Victoria Smyth (Agri-Food Biosciences Institute of Northern Ireland)
- Mark Stevens (Roslin Institute)
- Barry Thorp (St. Davids Poultry Team)
- Tim Wallis (Ridgeway Biologicals)
- Keith Warner (Minster Veterinary Practice)
- Paul Wigley (University of Liverpool)
Occassionally the final list of speakers may vary slightly from the list shown above.