Swine Branch

All Courses

From 2021
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 our disposal.

We are excited to be able to offer online and hybrid courses. Module I courses are available only online, with reduced costs and flexibility. Everyone can follow the prerecorded conferences at their own pace and take the exam by the end of the year. On the other hand, the Module II courses will be held in a hybrid mode: some courses will be online and other ones and all the practical work, autopsies, industry visits and most of the exchanges between colleagues and Course Masters will be in person during a ‘residential’ part. 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 in English at the facilities of partner universities around the world. 

The multiple-choice exam is organized for some weeks after the end of the residential course. This online exam in administered by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal. 

Participants who have undertaken the Module I course, a Module II course, and have submitted their 25 clinical cases analyses are eligible for the postgraduate Professional Certificate in Animal Health: Swine Production, issued by the University of Montreal, with the ‘regulation’ part validated by the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The 2024 program  (online and hybrid modules) will be announced soon.

Education and
Certification in
Animal Health

Training programs and certifications for professionals

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 production animals.

If you are a professional working in swine health and production, 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 validated with an internationally recognized academic diploma – the regulatory part of which is validated by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH/OIE). Graduates obtain ‘de facto’ the status of international expert.

A high quality of training is guaranteed by small groups of participants, real case studies, modern facilities, practical workshops, and internationally recognized teachers. Further information on our methods, study programs and faculty can be found on this website.

ST-Hyacinthe, Canada
WVEPAH: Training centers

About the WVEPAH

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”.

See more in the About section.


Levels of expertise of professionals in poultry farming

Poultry experts are employed in various positions throughout the world, such as in the pharmaceutical and agro-food industries, or as practicing veterinarians or educators.

However, depending on each professional’s past work experience and educational background, the levels of expertise in the various aspects of this field may vary greatly.

While all professionals have their own individual strengths, in order to obtain the status of “expert”, they must meet the international standards required by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in each of the areas involved in the overall management of poultry production.
The table below summarizes the competencies of 120 participants from 22 countries, during previous WVEPAH-OIE courses. It shows their levels of competency in various areas of poultry farming, according to their job and day-to-day work.

Levels of expertise in poultry production

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