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Module II - Specialization Commercial Layers

15 January 2024
02 December 2024
Online
Course language: English
03 June 2024
07 June 2024
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Course language: English
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  • EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Register and pay before 30th April 2024 to receive a discounted price of €2350 (normal price €2500).
  • This hybrid course combines 6-months of Online information and one residential week.
  • This course builds on the review of general infectious and non-infectious diseases of Poultry presented in Module 1 (although not a prerequisite for attending this course, it is highly recommended) to bring attendees the most up-to-date information regarding issues encountered in the egg production sector.
  • In addition to a thorough review of key infectious diseases of commercial layers and their control and prevention options, the course will address also the main non-communicable diseases and conditions affected laying hens.
  • With the increased adoption of alternative housing systems such as aviary or free-range systems of pullet birds and commercial layers, the course will also address a number of points related to the health and welfare of birds at key stages of their life cycle.
  • Nutrition and several management practices such as lighting program, heat stress management and biosecurity will also be covered during this 2-week program.
  • The course will offer also an opportunity for the participants to perform post-mortem examinations, to refresh their knowledge about sampling techniques and requirements for diagnostic purposes as well as a full-day field visit.
  • This course will be taught in English by a team of internationally renowned Course Masters, including some professors from Utrecht University.
  • The program for the residential week is to be confirmed, updates will be posted shortly.
  • The outlined program below is subject to change.

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Course language

Course language: English

Tuition fee

2500
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Program

Dr. Vincent Guyonnet (CA)
2 hours
Introduction to the world egg industry (Worldwide statistics, Egg markets: white, brown, organic, cage-free, pasture etc., Egg marketing/sales systems: retail, processed, dehydrated frozen, whites, yolk etc., Genetic lines: evolution of selection criteria, production potential, the 500-Egg layer, Supply management approach to egg production)
1.25 hours
Egg production systems (Conventional cages, Furnished cages, Cage-free systems including aviaries, Free range production, Organic egg production
1 hours
Egg quality and grading (External quality standards and monitoring methods, Internal quality standards and monitoring, Expected egg size distribution, egg quality targets)
2 hours
Biosecurity in egg production (General biosecurity in egg production, Design of a structural and operational system; Integrated management of nuisances, pest control (Fly control, Rodent control, Wild and domestic animal control, Importance of protecting the poultry house against wild birds)
0.75 hours
Positive and negative aspects of cage-free egg production systems
1.25 hours
Artificial intelligence, robotics, information, etc. in poultry farms
1.25 hours
Factors affecting the sustainability of egg production
Dr. Hilde vanMeirhaeghe (BE)
3.25 hours
Internal and external parasites (Cestodes, Nematodes, Blood parasites, Mites, louses, fleas, bed bugs, Coccidiosis (diagnosis, prevention and control)
0.75 hours
Diseases of the reproductive system (False layers, Cloacal prolapse, Cloacal pecking, Cloacitis, Salpingitis & peritonitis, retained yolk)
0.75 hours
How to investigate problems in layers farms (At the farm level, With the help of laboratory tools, sample selection,…)
0.75 hours
Skin and mucus membrane problems (Fowl pox, Ulcerative dermatitis (focal dermatitis), Feathering problems, Eye notch, Trauma
0.75 hours
Musculo-skeletal problems (Septic arthritis, Plantar abcesses, Reovirus infection)
1.25 hours
Food safety in commercial egg production
Dr. Ian Rubinoff (USA)
3 hours
Bacterial and mycoplasma related diseases (Infectious coryza (Avibacterium paragallinarum), Pasteurellosis, Gallibacterium anatis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum & Mycoplasma synoviae, Campylobacter hepatica, Botulism
1.25 hours
Liver problems in layers (Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome, Hepatitis E virus (HEV, hepatitis-splenomegaly syndrome), Inclusion body hepatitis, Post-bacterin hepatitis)
2 hours
Lighting programs principles (Open houses for pullets and layers, Dark houses for pullets and layers
Dr. Stéphane Lemière (FR)
2 hours
Viral respiratory diseases (Newcastle disease, Infectious bronchitis, Avian metapneumovirus infection, Infectious laryngotracheitis
2 hours
Immunosuppressive and neoplastic diseases (Marek’s disease, Chicken infectious anemia, Reticuloendotheliosis, Avian leucosis and sarcoma complex, Mycotoxicosis (only the immunosuppressive effects), Infectious bursal disease (Gumboro)
1 hours
Poultry vaccines, viral, bacterial, recombinant vector vaccines
Dr. Mike Petrik (CA)
0.5 hours
Basic medication principles with pullets and layers
1.5 hours
Bacterial infections (Pullorum/typhoid infections, Paratyphoid infections, E. coli & colisepticemia, Staphylococcus infections, Pseudomonas, Omphalitis, Yolk sac infections, Enterococcus)
Dr. Eric Gingerich (USA)
0.75 hours
Enteric diseases (, Viral enteritis, Histomoniasis, Focal duodenal necrosis (FDN), Avian spirochetosis, Necrotic enteritis, Non-specific enteritis, Intestinal dilation syndrome)
0.75 hours
Behaviour problems in commercial layers (Hysteria, Floor egg problems, Broodiness, Pecking and feather licking, Cannibalism, Piling-smothering)
0.5 hours
Intoxication in commercial layers (Calcium intoxication, Sodium intoxication, Ionophore intoxication, Nicarbazin intoxication, CO2 and CO intoxication, Sulfur, Pesticides and rodenticides, Mycotoxicosis, Others)
0.5 hours
Nutritional and metabolic problems (Imbalances and deficiencies: sodium, calcium and phosphorous, Vitamins related, Trace elements related, Articular and visceral gout and kidney problems
0.25 hours
Egg drop syndrome and Neurological syndrome (transient paralysis)
0.25 hours
Anatomy, evolution and physiology of the egg production organs
0.5 hours
Emerging and re-emerging problems in layers 
Dr. Robert Gauthier (CA)
1 hours
Preparation in the face of catastrophic diseases

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