Support and training for vets


16 hours CPD

10h of interactive face-face online teaching

6h of directed homework in preparation for the next session

  • Run over seven taught sessions likely on Wednesdays from 7pm.

  • Maximum of six delegates.

  • Suitable for vets and very experienced poultry owners.

This course will be run with a combination of Zoom (online teaching) and Email (homework).

Homework documents and comprehensive course notes will be provided.


Technology requirements: Computer, webcam & speakers.

 Poultry in Practice Made


Hens are sold out across the country due to egg shortages.

You WILL be seeing more chickens after COVID-19.

Do you want to be prepared?

By the end of this course you will be able to investigate and decide on the most appropriate actions for common pet chicken presentations.

Week 1.

Normal anatomy and physiology of chickens.

Week 2.

Common PM pathology.

Available diagnostic tests and recommended, experienced laboratories.

Week 3.

Common diseases

Q & A so far.

Week 4.

Medications, prescribing and husbandry issues

Week 5.

Case based learning
Breeding – Early mortality
Breeding – Poor performance

Week 6.

Case based learning
Lameness & Respiratory

Week 7.

Case based learning
Mortality & Sick bird
Q & A

CPD Learning objectives

  1. Describe normal anatomy, physiology and clinical exam landmarks of a chicken.

  2. Identify common pathologies found in post mortem examinations of pet chickens and determine the most appropriate diagnostic test(s).

  3. List common diseases affecting backyard chickens

  4. List differential diagnoses for Avian Influenza

  5. Prescribe medications for backyard birds according to the cascade and advise the most suitable withdrawal periods.

  6. Identify common husbandry issues which contribute to stress and disease.

  7. Evaluate presenting material and determine the most appropriate action(s) in a common presentation of a chicken case.


In-house training

Many of us were not taught much about poultry at vet school, something we are changing at the University of Surrey. I can come and run poultry in-house training to up-skill your team that is based around your specific needs. Examples include husbandry, handling, clinical exam, medicine, diagnostics or surgery in order to optimise poultry health and welfare and give your clients the best help and advice for their chickens, ducks, turkeys and gamebirds

Support and advice

I currently offer a non-urgent email advisory service (3-5 days response time).
Unfortunately I cannot offer emergency advice at the moment.

My fees are £25/15min. You may also refer the client and I will pass them back to you with detailed instructions and for any medication.

Support & training for vets

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