Professional Certificate
in Animal Health:

In collaboration with the WOAH
and the Université de Montréal

Training programs and certifications for professionals

The World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH) Professional Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry, Swine Production or Aquaculture Farming is awarded in accordance with the Université de Montréal’s requirements and standards.

The Certificate program provides structured training for veterinarians and non-veterinary professionals who are seeking to enhance their skills and expertise in the fields of poultry, swine production or aquaculture farming.

A structured educational program allows participants to reach the international standard in all aspects of this specialism, in accordance with the requirements of the WOAH.

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 animal production.

If you are a professional working in the fields of poultry, swine production or aquaculture farming, 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 acknowledged with an internationally recognized academic diploma, validated by the WOAH. Graduates obtain ‘de facto’ the status of international expert.

Our high-quality training is guaranteed by small groups of participants, real clinical case studies, modern facilities, practical workshops, and an internationally recognized teaching staff. 

Additional information on our teaching methods, study programs and faculty can be found on our website.


In several countries, certification of continuing education is organized at a national level. Generally, the experience gained and the collection of a certain number of credits during the participation in officially recognized courses are taken into consideration, in accordance with the European and international systems – ECTS or continuing education credits. In many countries, however, this official recognition is lacking.

It is clear that the acquisition of particular expertise and skills in a given field can be greatly supported by comprehensive training programs associated with a quality control protocol vouched for by a university diploma.

The WVEPAH offers an international, postgraduate education by recruiting the best specialists from around the world.

It is important to understand that the diploma ‘Professional Certificate in Animal Health (Poultry, Aquaculture or Swine)’ certifies that a successful participant has acquired a high level of specialist qualification in the areas of animal welfare, production, and health. The certificate promotes the establishment of specialized skills in animal production.

The World Organisation for Animal Health oversees the teaching of the 'Regulation' module (Module I) of the certificate and validates it.

program objectives
Provide structured formal training to professionals who are looking to deepen their expertise in the areas of animal welfare, production, and health.
Train participants to recognize, diagnose and manage all common problems encountered in the practice of animal farming.
Enable participants to obtain skills to apply the ‘WOAH Standards’ covered by the WOAH regulatory module and issued to veterinarians under the authority of national veterinary services.
Train participants to interact optimally with experts in the various aspects of the field, under the supervision of veterinary services.
Train participants in problem solving skills.
Promote long-lasting continuing professional development.
program length
The minimum time required for the WVEPAH certificate program is 1 year and it must not exceed 5 years. Through their work in the different modules (online, hybrid modules and clinical case preparation), participants accumulate the required number of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits or continuing education credits to apply for the final exam.

Exams are completed online and administered by the Université de Montréal.

Applicants with a university degree in veterinary medicine or animal science, working in one of the sectors covered by WVEPAH, for at least three years can enrol on the WVEPAH program. After each course, they will receive an ‘Attestation of Participation’ (subject to meeting the criteria), but only veterinarians are able to take the Certificate examination to obtain the diploma validated by WOAH.

At the end of each module, veterinary participants can validate their acquired knowledge by means of a multiple-choice exam. After validation of both a ‘General’ and a ‘Specialized’ module, candidates who have participated in distance learning must submit 25 clinical cases, including three in-depth case reports, short theses or audits, which represent 50% of the final grade. A model example is provided to students to help them structure their case reports.

After the exam, the exam committee will evaluate all the marks acquired by the candidate from the multiple-choice exam and the clinical cases, short theses, or audits, and then issue the ‘Professional Certificate in Animal Health’. The WOAH then officially validates the ‘regulatory’ part of the diploma. The pass mark for all elements is 60%.

program contents

The ‘Professional Certificate in Animal Health Production’ programs, once validated by an exam, provide training credits: ECTS or continuing education credits. The official languages of the poultry programs are English, French, and Spanish, with a translation into Chinese or Russian if required (at the discretion of the WVEPAH). The aquaculture and swine programs are offered in English.

The WVEPAH principle is “Everyone receives the same teaching and takes the same exam”.
modular courses
General Module I covers the fundamentals of health management, and are based on the systemic or holistic approach covering all aspects influencing farm sustainability and results: Pathology, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Biosecurity, Applied Immunology, Vaccinology, Antibiotherapy, Genetics, Animal Welfare etc. It includes the regulatory module taught by the WOAH.
‘Specialized‘ Module II courses 
The modules are complementary and independent of each other. It is strongly recommended that participants attend a Module I course first, however they can be followed by the participants in the order that best suits them according to their needs, language skills, and the course schedule.
Between modules, distance learning is provided through the private WVEPAH Facebook group and e-Learning, which allow participants to continue working by exchanging and discussing their own cases and by the supply of information by course masters. The participation in distance learning activities is mandatory to validate and in the future maintain the validity of the certification.
Participants have access to the module content from the moment of their registration (pre-recorded videos and PDF documents), which allows them to start to improve their knowledge in all the disciplines of the module. The teaching consists of a theoretical part and the study of real cases brought by the course masters and participants.  

Practical work: autopsies, laboratory, interpretation etc., as well as site visits, take place during the residential week of the module.
The intensive courses focus on the deepening or renewal of knowledge on a particular topic.
Validation of acquired knowledge
In order to validate the work undertaken on the course, an exam is compulsory.
The Université de Montréal and the WVEPAH decide the dates of the final exams and their duration.
Candidates are informed of the exam dates at least one month in advance.
The overall pass mark is 60%, i.e. 30/50 (the average required between the exams of the two modules).
An average exam results for the two modules of between 50 and 60% enables the student to retake the exam of the failed module(s) at an additional cost to the participant. However, no exam result can be under 50%.  
A result of less than 50% in any of the exams leads to the student failing the related course without the possibility of retaking the exam.
Practical Activities
The participants are expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the WVEPAH courses in their daily practical work in the field of poultry, aqua or swine production and pathology. This activity is recorded in the form of 25 clinical cases including audits, or three short theses.
Clinical cases
Case logs and reports:
During the program, candidates – having completed a general and a specialized module – are asked to gather 25 well-documented clinical cases or audits. The WVEPAH provides students with a model for reporting their clinical cases in a relatively uniform way. They must, alongside other elements, include case identification, history and situation, clinical examination results, laboratory results, differential diagnosis, diagnosis and prognosis, measures taken and their results. At least 60% of the clinical cases/audits must be related to the completed specialized module.

Three cases from the 25 are chosen by the candidate for in-depth reports. They must relate to three different subjects and include a complete presentation of the case, illustrations (if necessary), bibliographical references on the subject and a discussion (minimum 5000 words). The candidate must demonstrate an overall knowledge of the subject. Generally, a case report should be complete with references and appendices.

Each report will be examined by a member of the exam committee and the average overall final grade for the reports must be 30 or more out of 50.

The final individual grade for the clinical cases is the average of all the clinical case grades. If this average is less than 30, the candidate will be invited to submit a revised version of the failed report(s) or to submit additional cases within 6 months of the date of notification.

Published cases can be submitted. Scientific publications are automatically accepted.

The clinical case reports must be written in English, French or Spanish. If they are in another language, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

If, in their daily work, students can demonstrate that they have no access to clinical cases, they can prepare three short theses on topics related to both their work and veterinary avian topics. Each thesis must be a minimum of 20000 words, not including the list of references.

The candidate should submit the clinical cases, audits or short theses to the WVEPAH office.

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