Course overview

This course will reflect developments in poultry health and the changing areas of veterinary and technical expertise within it. It is aimed for veterinary surgeons, technical staff and managers from the poultry industry who wish to learn more about the nature, diagnosis and control of infectious diseases of poultry. The course is also suitable for non-specialist graduates who wish to gain a thorough knowledge of the poultry sector.

This course is a continuation of the Pirbright Institute’s renowned Poultry Health Course which ran for many years at Compton, and is now run jointly by University of Nottingham and Pirbright via the AgriFood Training Partnership.  

Full details are available on the dedicated Poultry Health Course microsite -

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you 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.
  • Assess the impact of molecular and cellular biology on veterinary diagnostics in the poultry sector.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Major and emerging viral pathogens of poultry.
  • Major bacterial, protozoan and fungal pathogens of poultry.
  • Poultry production.
  • Biosecurity and field investigations.
  • Laboratory approaches to disease control in poultry.
  • Medication and vaccination.

Key facts

Course Dates
Course - online course delivered over 9 months A residential version also runs in Spring each year, and the online version will run from October until June of the following year.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or suitable experience within the animal production industry.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
University of Nottingham
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
AFTP Cohort
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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