CPD and advice for vets

In-house training

I can come and run poultry in-house training to up-skill your team that is based around your specific needs either in-person or online.

My second role is Senior Teaching Fellow at University of Surrey, School of Veterinary Medicine where I lead the poultry course. I also have a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, so I am well accustomed to high quality, bespoke delivery.

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.

Many of us were not taught much about poultry at vet school, but with poultry popularity booming, this is something I can help you and your colleagues change. 

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.


Practice in poultry made simple

16 hours of CPD

Why should you take this course?

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?

Who is this course for?

Companion animal vets seeing backyard poultry, frequently or infrequently.

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Learning objectives

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

  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.

Teaching approach

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 online teaching via Zoom and Email (homework).

Homework documents and comprehensive course notes will be provided.

Technology requirements

Computer, webcam & speakers.

Course content

Week 1: Normal poultry anatomy and physiology

Week 2: Common post mortem pathology. Available diagnostic tests and finding avian laboratories.

Week 3: Common diseases. Q&A to date

Week 4: Medications, prescribing and husbandry issues.

Week 5: Case based learning - Chick problems and Crop problems

Week 6: CBL - Lameness & Respiratory problems

Week 7: Mortality & General illness. Q&A to date

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For vets - support and training