The WVEPAH, as with all academic institutions, has had to adapt to the global health situation and travel restrictions.
Therefore, for 2021, the WVEPAH will move its teaching platform online.
The WVEPAH’s first commitment is to maintain the quality of education. The specialist teachers (Course Masters), who have formed the teaching staff since courses began in 2014, will not change.
During 2021, course modules will no longer be attached to a specific location. This will allow all future students, no matter the language of instruction (English, French or Spanish), to access the courses. Students will be able to study at their own pace, in the environment of their choosing and according to their availability. Not having to travel will not only reduce the health risks associated with COVID, but also the costs for students from transport, accommodation and meals.
The primary objective of improving and validating the expertise of veterinarians in poultry medicine remains the same. Each 8-10 hour block of pre-recorded lessons will be followed by a 2 hour session with the teachers via Zoom.
The courses are open to students of all nationalities and not restricted to a geographical area. The OIE part of the courses has not changed.
Module I (Key Disciplines in Poultry Health/Regulation Module OIE-WOAH) will be a prerequisite for the specialized Module II courses (broilers, layers, turkeys etc.). A multiple choice exam will be held a few months after the end of each course. A transition solution is planned for those who have already completed a Module II course without having done Module I and who wish to receive certification.
The diploma issued to students who have passed the exam will retain the same value, so the prerequisites for those wishing to participate remain the same.
The constant concern for the WVEPAH is to offer participants the best training at the best cost. Distance learning creates logistical and technical costs for the WVEPAH, as well as savings related to the lack of travel. The new prices reflect this balance and, given the current economic situation, the overall cost of WVEPAH courses has thus been significantly reduced for participants.