Key facts

Course Dates
Oct 2019
Course - online course delivered over 9 months - The course can be taken as a stand-alone training course and can also contribute towards the Postgraduate Awards in Agrifood on successful completion of the examination. The exam will be held at the Sutton Bonington campus of the University of Nottingham on Monday 24th June 2019. A residential version also runs in Spring each year, and the online version will run from October until June of the following year. Participants on both study paths can choose to sit an examination in summer each year at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington Campus. Participants who are not resident in the UK can request to sit the examination overseas at a number of British Council offices. Details of how to do this can be found at Should participants decide not to take the accredited assessment, the fee is reduced by £100.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or suitable experience within the animal production industry.
Fee info
£800.00 (Without accredited assessment)
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
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Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
AFTP Cohort

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 while working towards the postgraduate awards in Agrifood.

Please note the closing date for application to the 2019 residential course is FRIDAY 22nd MARCH

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.
    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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