Webinar Plus: Chickens and their relatives: Understanding the health and welfare needs of backyard flocks, pheasants, minor species and waterfowl

Key Information

CPD Hours: 16 hours

Course Length: Four weeks

Course Format: A mixture of weekly webinars (which can be viewed live and/or as recorded versions throughout the course), comprehensive notes, quizzes, case studies and tutor moderated online discussion forums

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This course may run again in the future. To register your interest please contact us.

Alternatively you can download and email using our Registration Form

I feel better able to treat backyard poultry and offer my clients correct, up to date information.

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Welfare, husbandry and health
  • Normal attributes and relevant anatomy of poultry species
  • Diagnostics
  • Current diseases: avian influenza
  • Common diseases, treatment, prophylaxis and vaccines
  • Relevant medicines legislation including notifiable diseases
  • Emergency and critical care, euthanasia
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Surgery
About this course

This course will be updated and will run again in 2025, please email cpd@rvc.ac.uk to register your interest.

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

During this online course topics covered will include anatomy, 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. Also avian influenza will be discussed, plus lockdown measures and tips on how to keep poultry happy in lockdown.

An introduction to the poultry industry will be discussed for completeness and how it impacts and supports the backyard keeper.

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. Species covered include chickens, pheasants, turkeys, domestic waterfowl and ornamental waterfowl.

The webinars will run on the following dates from 12.30pm to 2.30pm London time.

Webinar dates:
Tuesday 25th April
Tuesday 2nd May
Tuesday 9th May
Tuesday 16th May


Victoria Roberts, BVSc MRCVS
Backyard Poultry Vet