Challenging chickens - a hands on introduction to backyard poultry medicine

Event date

30 August 2017

Venue location

School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Surrey


Julia Gerhold, 01483 689526

Event type

Partner events


Paula Guley, Programme Secretary for Salisbury Poultry Club, David Parsons B.Vet.Med Cert.PMP M.Sc N.Sch and Henrietta Kodilinye-Sims (Henri) PgDipVEPH BVetMed MRCVS


Early bird rate: £225

Standard rate: £295

Please note that Partner and Group discounts are available, so please email Julie Gerhold for further information.

Event Description

Backyard poultry and fancy fowl have never been more popular for those living in the country or in cities, so it is important that GP vets are confident examining, diagnosing and treating the common ailments and diseases presented.

Flock sizes can vary from 2 or 3 pet chickens to hundreds or thousands. Irrespective of size, the boundaries between pet and farm animal merge. Managing the veterinary health and welfare aspects of these flocks is challenging.

This 1-day practical course is open to a maximum of 20 veterinary surgeons. It is ideal for those who have little or no experience with poultry. There will be an opportunity to discuss real cases and delegates are welcome to bring case material to be discussed on the day.

Course Description
This course aims to give you the confidence to utilise and build on your existing skills as a clinician and surgeon. After completing it, you will be able to recognise the depth of knowledge of the poultry owner so that you can work together to manage and improve their flock health.

Topics covered

  • Poultry anatomy
  • Basic husbandry for backyard poultry
  • Clinical examination and diagnostic sample collection
  • How to safely anaesthetise a chicken
  • Common diseases of backyard poultry
  • Prevention and therapeutic options for backyard poultry
  • How to recognise notifiable and zoonotic diseases; the biosecurity measures that can be taken; treatment; prevention and the limitations of these measures
  • Appropriate antimicrobial prescription

Please note that you will be asked to sign a disclaimer before taking part in the CPD. This disclaimer will among other things, ask that you agree not to be in contact with poultry for 24 hours either side of the event.

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