What is the Poultry Health Course?

Poultry rearing for meat and eggs is now a global activity and which continues to adapt to the changing national and international economic and political climate. Infectious agents and other causes of disease also continue to change and adapt and it is important for those involved in the industry to keep abreast of the latest applied and pure scientific developments which can affect the industry.

The Poultry Health Course was established at the Houghton Poultry Research Station in the 1970s and has been run every year since then. In 2015 the course of 55 lectures was delivered by 30 international experts in their fields of pathology, poultry rearing, nutrition, pathology, parasitology, virology and bacteriology coupled with applied subjects such as vaccination, post-mortem examination and laboratory diagnosis.

In 2015 The University of Nottingham partnered with the Pirbright Institute to develop the Poultry Health Course as a completely online course to be run in parallel with the residential course involving the same set of lectures and lecturers.

Next available course dates: TBC


Key Features

  • 40+ topics covering all aspects of poultry health.
  • 30+ leading experts delivering specialist subjects.
  • Distance-learning or face-to-face options available.


The online poultry health course on computer and tablet.


The entire experience was a privilege for me – it has opened up a new aspect of veterinary medicine, which I did not realise existed on such a huge scale.

Sam Nelson (Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Devt., Belfast)

This course has made a massive difference to my knowledge and understanding of science and practice.

Previous delegate

Course has provided me with much useful consolidation and some updating of my poultry knowledge and should help in my present job.

Previous delegate

The course has been really worthwhile and I have enjoyed it all.

Previous delegate