Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production (CAHPP)*
The WVEPAH Certificate in Poultry Production: Poultry Production and Health is awarded by the University of Luxembourg in compliance with the rules and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

The Certificate program offers structured formal education to veterinarians and non-vet* professionals seeking to increase their competence in the field of poultry production and health.
A structured education enables them to reach the international standard in all aspects of this specialty in accordance with the OIE's expectations.

Veterinarians can formalize their skills by obtaining the diploma « Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production » This diploma promotes continuous life-long professional education in the field Cf. § *Certification.

*The recognition of the Certificate is worldwide and its official denomination is in English.

Its holders have the status of international expert in Poultry.


In several countries certification of continuing education is organized at the national level. Generally, the acquired experience and the collection of a certain amount of credits during the participating at official teachings are taking into consideration in accordance with the international system: Continuing Professional Development points”, all over a period of several years. In many countries such formal recognition is missing.

It is clear that the achievement of special expertise and skills in a certain area can be greatly supported by comprehensive training programs associated with a quality control protocol attested by a university degree.

The World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH) offers an international post- graduate educational system by recruiting the best specialist-teachers from all over the world. It proposes within the framework of the CAHPP program a set of international postgraduate programs eligible for the university diploma: 'Master in Animal Health: Poultry Production' (MAHPP)

It is important to understand that the WVEPAH 'Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production' testifies that a successful participant has acquired a high level of specialized qualification in one of the fields of poultry welfare, production and health. The Certificate favours the establishment of specialized competences in poultry production, which maybe continued further by the MAHPP.

The « Regulation » module of the certificate is taught under the supervision of and validated by OIE.

Objectives of the program

  • To offer structured formal educational training to professionals seeking to deepen their expertise in the field of poultry welfare, production and health.
  • To train such participants to recognize, diagnose and manage all common problems encountered in poultry practice
  • To enable participants to obtain competences to enforce the “OIE recommendations” covered by the OIE Regulation Module issued to veterinarians.
  • To train participants to interact optimally with experts in the various aspects of the field, under the supervision of the Veterinary Service.
  • To train participants in problem solving skills
  • To promote continuous life-long professional development

    Duration of the program

    The minimum time requirement for the WVEPAH Certificate Program is 1 year and must not exceed 5 years. Through their work in the different modules (distance education, e-learning and clinical case preparation), participants accumulate the required number of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to apply for the final exam.

    Applicants holding a university degree in veterinary medicine or in agronomy, working in the poultry sector for at least two years, may register for the Certificate program. After each course, they receive a “Participation Certificate” but only veterinarians are entitled to take the Certificate exam, with the diploma validated by OIE.


    At the end of each module the veterinary participants * can validate their knowledge acquired by a multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ). After validation of a 'General' module and a 'Specialized' module, the candidate who has participated in distance education must present 25 clinical cases, including 3 cases, the marks of which represent 50% of the final mark.

    After the examination the 'Post Graduate Committee' will review all the grades acquired by the candidate following a multiple choice questionnaire and the notation of clinical cases, then will issue the 'Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production'. The OIE then officially validates the 'regulation' part of the diploma

    Contents of the program


    During the CAHPP programs, participants obtain ECTS by validating modules, which like the CAHPP examination, are the same regardless of the training and certification site in the world. Only the language and the climatic peculiarities differ, which ensures universal recognition. To the CAHPP: The principle is: 'Everyone receives the same teaching and passes the same exam'.

    The courses are modular

  • ' General ' modules are covering the common disciplines to all species through a global approach: Pathology, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Biosafety, Applied Immunology, Vaccinology, Rational Anti-biotherapy, Genetics and Animal Welfare etc. It includes the regulatory module taught by the OIE.
  • ' Specialized ' modules are for 'Poultry', 'Eggs', 'Turkeys' or Waterfowl. The WVEPAH chooses the program of each site according to the local productions. Participants follow the order, e.g. a module 'General' and then the module 'Chicken'.
  • However, the modules are complementary and independent; they can be monitor according to the participants' needs, their linguistic knowledge and the timetable of the courses or in preparation for the Master.
  • Between the modules, distance learning is provided through the WVEPAH closed Facebook group and E-learning enables participants to continue working by exchanging on their own cases but also through the continuous input of information from the Course Masters.
    Participants receive the content of the module at least one month before the event. This allows them to upgrade in all the disciplines of the module. The teaching mainly consists of the study of real cases brought by the Course Masters and the participants and exchanges about them. Practical work: autopsies, laboratory, interpretation, etc. As well, as site visits (audits) also play a large part.

  • Intensive courses focus on deepening a particular subject or refreshing knowledge

    Validation of acquired knowledge

    In order to validate the course work, appropriate examination of the taught material is necessary.
  • The examination dates and times are set by the Luxemburg University.
  • Examinees are notified of the dates at least one month in advance.
  • The examination, according to the local organization structure, is either a classical multiple choice questionnaire or entirely computerized and can be taken online in different locations of the world under the supervision of appointed experts. The examination s identical, not matter where it is taken. The multiple choice and development questions are written in a CASUS Format and based on case studies. Some examples will be given during the courses.
  • Exams are graded on a 0-20 scale (<10 = fail, 10-12 = sufficient, 12-14 = fair, 14-16 = good, 16-18 = very good, 18-20 = excellent). The average final passing grade must be 10 or more.

    Program Duration

    The minimum duration of the Certificate program is 1 year and must not exceed 5 years.

    Practical Activities

    The participants are expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the courses of the WVEPAH in their daily practical work in the field of poultry production and pathology. This activity is recorded in the form of a case log and case reports.

    Case log

  • In the course of the program, the candidates are required to accumulate 22 well documented cases in the form of clinical cases.
  • A written summary of each case is presented in a standardized format (in tabular form) including case identification, history and general background of the production unit, results of the examination, laboratory findings, differential diagnosis, diagnosis and prognosis, measures taken and outcome.
  • The candidate is requested to submit his/her case log to the WVEPAH Office.
  • The case log is viewed by 1 member of the Examination Board and graded on a 0-20 scale (<10= fail, 10-12 = sufficient, 12-14 = fair, 14-16 = good, 16-18 = very good, 18-20 = excellent). A passing grade is 10 or more.
  • In case of an insufficient grade, the candidate is notified about the shortcomings of the case log and requested to resubmit a revised version, or submit additional cases within 6 months of notice

    Case reports

  • 3 cases are selected by the candidate for written in depth case reports. These must cover 3 different subjects.

  • The case reports include a complete presentation of the case, illustrations where necessary, literature review on the subject with references and a discussion.

  • The candidates must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the topic. Generally, a case report should contain 2000 words +/- 10%, including references and appendix (maximum of 6000 words for all 3 case reports).

  • Each case report is viewed by 1 member of the Examination Board and graded on a 0-20 scale (<10= fail, 10-12 = sufficient, 12-14 = fair, 14-16 = good, 16-18 = very good, 18-20 = excellent).

  • The final grade of the individual case reports is the average of all case reports. When this average grade is below 10, candidates will be invited to resubmit revised versions of the failed case reports.

  • Published case reports might be submitted. These publications are automatically accepted.


    Admission requirements

    Candidates must hold a recognized university degree (diploma) in veterinary or agricultural science from a University or equivalent institution of higher learning. They must already have experience in the field of poultry. The non-veterinarians will participate in all teaching and will benefit from the same services as provided for the veterinarians but are not allowed to write the Certificate examination. At the end of each module they receive a “participation certificate” for the training.
    The candidates must provide evidence that they worked full time in the field of poultry production during the total duration of the program.

    How to register for the Certificate Program?
    The application deadline will be defined following completion of two modules: a 'General' and a 'Specialized'. The participation in distance learning is compulsory for registration to the examination.
    The date is available at info@wvepah.org

    Please send an email (in the language of the concerned course) to the WVEPAH office info@wvepah.org expressing your intention to participate in the program.

    To apply for the CPAH *Poultry* Program please submit the following documents to WVEPAH in digital form and as an attachment in Word, PDF or JPG format.

    1. Personal Identification
  • One passport photo
  • One copy of your passport or personal identification card

    2. Evidence of academic background
  • One certified true copy of your university degree - or a copy of the translation of your degree if the latter is written in a language other than English, French, Spanish or German.

    3. Evidence of health insurance
  • A copy of your national or European health insurance card or private health insurance for non-Europeans.

    4. Evidence of required professional environment and position
  • Name and type of practice, company or institution.

    5. A detailed CV -->Download PDF template

    6. A cover letter in English, Spanish or French

    7. Selected course curriculum

    Certificate Program Fees

    The total certificate fee consists of:

    A) University registration fee
    B) Tuition fees
    C) Examination fee

    A) University registration fee

    The Luxembourg University registration fee that corresponds with the Certificate examination period.
    You will be enrolled as a student by the administration of the university after confirmation of your registration and payment has been completed.
    Please forward payment only after having received the pre-registration confirmation.

    B) Tuition fees

  • May vary according to the discipline. Generally, courses that require a lot of material are more expensive than others.
  • Include the participation to the course, lunch / coffee breaks and course notes
  • Include Luxembourg University registration fee and examination fee.
    Not taking part in the examination will not result in a refund.
  • Accommodation and transportation are not included. The WVEPAH office will provide a list of hotels where special prices have been negotiated.
  • Are paid per course directly to WVEPAH. Please see
    WVEPAH Terms and Conditions


  • The registration fee or/and payment of the Certificate program must be paid in advance.

    You may choose to pay by:

    Credit card (Visa / Mastercard)
    Please indicate the card type, your card number, cardholders’ name, expiry date, the control number: 3 digit number to be found on the back of the card.

    Bank transfer to the:
    WVEPAH account no. IBAN: LU95 0028 5100 2301 0300
    Banque Internationale à Luxembourg
    69, route d’Esch
    L-2953 Luxembourg

    Please note that additional bank charges will not be accepted by WVEPAH


    Who is responsible for the program?

    The Certificate is offered by WVEPAH affiliated to the Luxemburg University in cooperation with the host university represented by its Veterinary Faculty, complying with the rules and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Education of the State of Luxemburg.

    The Program is supervised by the “Veterinary Post Graduate Program Committee (VPGPC)” consisting of 4 Professors of Poultry Production and Pathology from various universities in the world and 2 Professors from the Science and Communication Faculty of the University of Luxembourg. One member is appointed as the chairman. The duties of the committee include:
  • Quality assurance by supervision and monitoring of all aspects of the program
  • Selection and approval of candidates
  • Appointing the members of the “Examination Board” responsible for reviewing and grading case logs and reports.
  • Assigning case reports and case logs to the members of the “Examination Board” for grading
  • Collecting all examination grades and awarding a final global grade to each candidate following review of all the data.
  • Issuing the “Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production”

    If a candidate passed the exams concerning the module “Regulation” (Veterinarians). The VPGPC then officially transmits the results to OIE to validate them. This validation is mentioned on the final diploma.

    The WVEPAH Faculty consists of 22 tutors (course masters), internationally recognized specialists from all over the world. In addition several members of the University of Luxembourg provide their expertise in management and their communication skills.

    About WVEPAH

    World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health

  • WVEPAH is patronized by the World Organization for Animal Health “WAHO”, also known as
    Organization International Epizooties (OIE).
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is guaranteed by: a faculty whose competence of course masters are recognized worldwide, limited number of participants, modern facilities and Practical Workshops.

    WVEPAH Board Members:

  • Dr. med.vet. Pierre Cadot
    European Association for Veterinary Specialization (EAVS), Luxemburg
    Practicing veterinarian, Paris, France
  • Dr. med.vet. Dr.h.c. Hans-Joachim Koch
    EAVS Luxemburg; Practicing veterinarian, Birkenfeld Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Eric Tschirhart
    Professor of Physiology, University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Marc Vandevelde
    EAVS, Luxemburg; Professor in Animal Neurology, University of Berne, Switzerland

    WVEPAH contributors associated:

  • Prof. Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt WVEPAH Avian branch coordinator; Professor of avian medicine, University of Montréal, Canada

  • Dr. Robert Gauthier DVM WVEPAH Education programs “Chickens” and “Eggs” global coordinator