swine branch


WVEPAH, in collaboration with the Université de Montréal (UdeM FMV), is authorized by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH-OIE) to train and certify experts in Production Animal Health: Aviculture, Aquaculture, Swine and Laboratory Animals. In view of the Poultry branch’s success, WVEPAH, in agreement with its partners, is launching the Aquaculture and Swine branches. Below you can find more details about the WVEPAH activity and what is planned regarding the Swine Production field.

WVEPAH has developed a combined offer of courses that can be adapted to suit as many people as possible, enabling you to benefit from each of the teaching methods at your disposal.

Swine Production courses (Module I and II) are offered in a hybrid format. The Online part increased flexibility and allows reduced costs. Everyone can follow the prerecorded conferences at their own pace. On the other hand, the residential part enhances practical work, autopsies, industry visits and exchanges between colleagues and Course Masters. The advantages often continue through the links that remain after the end of the course.

The residential portion of the course lasts for one week (5 working days), takes place at the facilities of our partner university, and is given in English.

The Course Masters are internationally recognized in a range of aquatic animal health and production fields.

Participants who have undertaken the Module I course, a Module II course, and have submitted their 25 clinical case analyses are eligible for the postgraduate Professional Certificate in Animal Health: Swine production, issued by the Université de Montréal, with the ‘regulation’ part validated by the World Organization for Animal Health.

The WVEPAH was created in 2010, with the support of the OIE, in response to the significant need for more training for professionals in the field of production animals and for their high level of skills to be validated by a standardized exam. Based on the ESAVS model, the WVEPAH is a supranational platform which welcomes teachers recognized in their field and manages all practical aspects of the training. University association ensures quality control and the academic conformity of the training.

The diplomas are issued by the University and validated worldwide by the OIE for the regulatory part. The graduates are therefore able to apply OIE recommendations in the field. Participants, being professionals already, improve their know-how and knowledge in all aspects of their field. 

The table linked below is from an analysis of the skill level of experts in their day-to-day work highlights significant disparities. In this analysis, 40% are practitioners, 10% work in animal nutrition and 35% in pharmaceutical companies. Professionals in poultry, as with the majority of experts regardless of their speciality, have a high level of knowledge in certain aspects of the field. For example, pathology, nutrition, immunology, vaccinology or antibiotherapy if they are practitioners, nutritionists or working in pharmaceuticals. But, at the same time, they may have serious gaps in epidemiology, biosecurity, animal welfare, regulations etc. The objective of the WVEPAH training programs is to enable these professionals to reach a high standard in all fields, as required by the OIE. Thus, they can achieve the status of international expert.
At the end of a program, participants should immediately be able to apply what they have learned to their daily practice, at university or in their company. The WVEPAH also functions as a recruiting platform for future specialists at European and American colleges. 

Participants who wish to validate their knowledge through a university diploma can take the internationally recognized Certificate examinations, validated at an international level by the OIE.

The ‘Professional Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production’ (PCAHPP) exam requires participation in Module I, ‘Key Disciplines in Poultry Health/Regulation Module OIE-WOAH’, as well as one of the specialized modules in Broilers, Egg Layers, Turkeys or Waterfowl Health and Production.


The WVEPAH is a non-profit organization for continuing professional development. It recruits teachers, verifies the veracity of the participants’ qualifications and CVs, provides full logistic support (registration, course location organization in collaboration with the local host university, management etc.). The University is responsible for ensuring quality standards and compliance with academic rules and for issuing the diplomas. The course masters are responsible for the course content, the structure of which is consistent with the WVEPAH’s pedagogy. The latter is described under “Study Programs”.
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