Webinar Plus: Backyard poultry problems and solutions


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Key Areas

  • Understanding reasons for and resolving welfare pitfalls
  • Welfare, husbandry and health
  • Normal attributes and relevant anatomy of poultry species
  • Diagnostics
  • Common diseases, treatment, prophylaxis and vaccines
  • Relevant medicines legislation including notifiable diseases
  • Emergency and critical care, euthanasia
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Surgery

CPD Hours

16 hours

Delivery Mode

Online Webinar Plus - What is this?

About this course

Help, it’s a sick chicken! What advice can I give? Is there any treatment?

There has been a recent upsurge in the keeping of backyard poultry and many vets fell totally ill equipped to treat these species when they arrive at their practice.

During this online course topics covered will include anatomy and husbandry, history taking, positive signs of health, correct handling, diagnostic tests, drug administration, reproductive problems, common medical conditions including external and internal parasites, notifiable diseases, nutritional disorders, poisons and toxins, fracture repair, vaccination, emergency and critical care, anaesthesia and analgesia, euthanasia and both pedigree and ownership identification.

Although chickens, turkeys and pheasants have similarities in husbandry, diseases and disease prevention and treatment there are also some differences that will be discussed. Game pheasant best practice and ornamental pheasant requirements will be also discussed. Issues relevant to waterfowl will be considered separately. This includes husbandry and diseases of domestic ducks and geese and ornamental waterfowl collection best practice (whether private or open to the public).

Why do this course? 
You will gain greater confidence in advising about poultry welfare and correct handling as well as enhance your poultry medicine and surgery skills.

Course details
Course format: A mixture of two-hour weekly illustrated webinars (which can be viewed live and/or as recorded versions throughout the course), comprehensive notes with diagrams which will be useful in practice, a comprehensive number of case studies and tutor-moderated online discussion forums
Course length: Four weeks

The webinars will run on the following dates from 12.00pm to 2.00pm GMT including a 30 minute registration and familiarisation period prior to the commencement of the lecture.

Webinar plus:
Monday 29th January
Monday 5th February
Monday 12th February
Monday 19th February


Victoria Roberts, BVSc MRCVS
Backyard Poultry Vet