From 2021
WVEPAH, like all academic institutions, had to adapt to the global health crisis. However, it is now time to return to the traditional format. We receive a high number of requests in this vein, and we are excited to be able to offer once again the advantages of this format: easier exchanges between colleagues and Course Masters, the facilitation of practical work, autopsies, industry visits etc. These advantages are often extended through the links that remain after the end of the course. 

The courses last for two weeks (10 working days), take place at the facilities of partner universities around the world, and are offered in English, French or Spanish. The Course Masters, who are internationally recognized in a range of avian health and production fields, remain the same. As with the distance learning sessions, the multiple-choice exam is organized for some months after the end of the course. This online exam in administered by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal.

Participants who have undertaken the Module I course, a Module II course, and have submitted their 25 clinical cases analyses are eligible for the postgraduate Professional Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production, issued by the University of Montreal, with the ‘regulation’ part validated by the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The 2023 program will cover three languages and various geographical locations. 

Below are some of the scheduled courses:

Module I:

Key Disciplines in Poultry Health/Regulation Module OIE-WOAH
      24th April – 5th May, in Tunis, Tunisia, in French.

Module II: three specialized courses:

Egg Layers Health and Production
     15th-26th May, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in English
     4th-15th September, in Lima, Peru, in Spanish.

Waterfowl Health and Production 
     8th-29th September, in Toulouse, France, in English.

More information will soon be published on this site. 

Education and
Certification in
Animal Health

Training programs and certifications for professionals

Learn from the best in the world: ‘training programs for professionals, by professionals’.

The World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH), based in Luxembourg, is a non-profit organization providing high-quality post-graduate training for professionals in various fields of production animals.

If you are a professional working in poultry health and production, the high-quality continuing professional development (CPD) from the WVEPAH is for you! Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your knowledge and have your skills officially validated with an internationally recognized academic diploma – the regulatory part of which is validated by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH/OIE). Graduates obtain ‘de facto’ the status of international expert.

A high quality of training is guaranteed by small groups of participants, real case studies, modern facilities, practical workshops, and internationally recognized teachers. Further information on our methods, study programs and faculty can be found on this website.

Dakar, Sénégal

Guadalajara, Mexico
Central America

Mexico-City, Mexico
Central America

Lima, Peru
South America

Curitiba, Brazil
South America

Gaborone, Botswana

Nairobi, Kenya


Tunis, Tunisia

Toulouse, France

Utrecht, Netherlands

Berlin, Germany

Almaty, Kazakhstan


Bangkok, Thailand

Shanghai, China

Manilla, Philippines

St-Hyacinthe, Canada
North America
WVEPAH: Training and examination centers

About the WVEPAH

The WVEPAH is a non-profit organization for continuing professional development. 

It recruits teachers, verifies the veracity of the participants’ qualifications and CVs, provides full logistic support (registration, course location organization in collaboration with the local host university, management etc.). The University is responsible for ensuring quality standards and compliance with academic rules and for issuing the diplomas. The course masters are responsible for the course content, the structure of which is consistent with the WVEPAH’s pedagogy. The latter is described under “Study Programs”.

See more in the About section.

Levels of expertise of professionals in poultry farming

Poultry experts are employed in various positions throughout the world, such as in the pharmaceutical and agro-food industries, or as practicing veterinarians or educators.

However, depending on each professional’s past work experience and educational background, the levels of expertise in the various aspects of this field may vary greatly.

While all professionals have their own individual strengths, in order to obtain the status of “expert”, they must meet the international standards required by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in each of the areas involved in the overall management of poultry production.
The table below summarizes the competencies of 120 participants from 22 countries, during previous WVEPAH-OIE courses. It shows their levels of competency in various areas of poultry farming, according to their job and day-to-day work.

Levels of expertise in poultry production

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