Medicine of Backyard Poultry | Online course | Quadam Veterinary
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Medicine of Backyard Poultry  


Online course

Provide an online course on the medicine of backyard poultry, focusing on pet chickens and exotic/zoo collections of ducks, geese and swans. Poultry used in commercial production systems are beyond the scope of this course.

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Quadam Veterinary

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This program has been approved for 15 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Program Number: 706-42529.

The course is designed in a didactic and visual way, using about 350 images, videos and diagrams to facilitate the acquisition of a confident level on this topic in 4 lessons. The students will be supported by the teacher, who will answer all kind of questions in order to adapt the course to veterinarians with or without previous experience in avian medicine.

Week 1: Husbandry, nutrition, behavior and basic techniques
The topic and the focus of the course will be introduced: pet chickens and other backyard poultry and exotic/zoo collections of waterfowl. Production systems will be beyond the scope of this course. The origin of the domestic varieties and their housing and nutrition will be described. The student will also learn the normal and abnormal behavior of poultry. The last section of the lesson will cover the complete physical exam of the chicken using a step-by-step video and the basic clinical and diagnostic techniques that need to be known when working with these species.

Week 2: Approach to clinical signs and conditions (I)
Backyard poultry is considered as production/farm animals in many countries, and therefore the first section of this lesson will deal with laws and regulations that commonly affect the keeping of these animals. Important zoonoses such as salmonellosis will be discussed. How to treat laying females when the eggs are consumed by the owner is a concern of many veterinarians and will be discussed with detail. Highly pathogenic avian influenza and Newcastle disease are notifiable diseases in many countries and every veterinary needs to know the basics about how to recognize them and report them. The second section of this lesson will start with the identification and management of clinical conditions. First, the students will learn how to deal with an emergency situation commonly seen in chickens: lethargy due to septicemia. Reproductive diseases are among the most common problems in females kept for domestic egg consumption, and musculoskeletal problems, particularly bumblefoot, are also common in all kinds of poultry.

Week 3: Approach to clinical signs and conditions (II)
Gastrointestinal diseases are common in free-ranging poultry, and diarrhea, sour crop and internal parasitism will be covered in detail. Next, the students will learn about some liver conditions affecting waterfowl, mainly liver rupture and duck hepatitis. In the last section of the lesson different toxins that can affect backyard poultry will be covered, with special detail on lead toxicity.

Week 4: pproach to clinical signs and conditions (III)
Avian mycobacteriosis is one of the most common and concerning problems in exotic collections of waterfowl, and the student will learn about its diagnosis and control. Due to the facts that common breeds originated for intensive production and they live long lives when kept as pets, cardiovascular disease is a significant problem in backyard flocks. In addition, dermatologic condition, which a special detail on ectoparasites, will also be covered.

Week 5: Case studies.

1. Constant presence of the teacher during the entire duration of the course, available to answer any questions raised by the students.
2. The course is attended simultaneously by all students. Enhancing students’ sharing and participatory experience is a QUADAM hallmark.
3. All lessons are audiovisual and available at any time.

QUADAM specializes in developing high-quality online courses for veterinarians and provides rigorous, independent content in an appealing, user-friendly form. Our courses have no sponsorship arrangements with pharmaceutical laboratories, in order to avoid any possible commercial influences on course content, especially with regard to therapeutic aspects.

28 Sep 2020
01 Nov 2020
5 weeks
3 h/w
210 USD


David Perpiñán
LV, MSc, PhD, Dip ECZM (Herpetology - retired) RCVS Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine (retired)
Naturavets Consultancy


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