Course Open: January 1-December 31, 2023
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical
Tuition: VIN/VSPN Member $69
In recent years, more people are starting to raise small flocks of poultry in backyard urban settings. Because of the small numbers of birds involved, they are often viewed more as pets than as production animals, even though they are being kept primarily for eggs or meat. When these birds become injured or ill, the owners are turning to their local family veterinarian for assistance, even though many small animal practitioners have very little to no experience with poultry or with how to treat animals that are being used in food production. This course is intended to help those veterinarians and veterinary staff become familiar with the handling and care of poultry commonly encountered in the backyard setting. To earn a certificate of completion the participant must complete all learning modules and score 80% or better on the end-of-course test. Completion of the course will take a minimum of 185 minutes. Participants must complete the participation requirements by December 31, 2023 to be eligible for a certificate. To learn more about the requirements for earning a Self Study CE certificate, please refer to Self Study CE Certificate Requirements.
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
- understand basic poultry terminology.
- understand basic rearing systems used for poultry.
- recognize and understand poultry anatomic specific terminology.
- understand the poultry respiratory system.
- implement proper handling techniques.
- perform a basic physical exam.
- discuss the best locations for blood sampling.
- understand diagnostic and sampling techniques commonly used for poultry.
- explain basic housing needed to provide protection against predators.
- understand common types of bedding used for poultry.
- implement effective biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of disease.
- implement proper cleaning and disinfection of housing.
- explain egg handling techniques for food and hatching eggs.
- understand basic egg anatomy and formation.
- implement proper brooding techniques.
- understand nutritional needs of poultry.
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE self-study course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in the basics of backyard/small flock poultry care. This course is open to VIN and VSPN members only.
Credit Approval: This non-interactive course is approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-800069)
Course Agenda: Module 1: Terminology and Basic Anatomy
Total Time: 81 minutes
Video: 61 minutes
Handouts: 30 minutes
Module 2: Handling, Physical Exam, Sample Collection and Diagnostics
Total Time: 26 minutes
Video: 26 minutes
Module 3: Basic Husbandry and Biosecurity
Total Time: 31 minutes
Video: 13 minutes
Handouts: 18 minutes
Module 4: Eggs and Chicks/Brooding
Total Time: 27 minutes
Video: 27 minutes
Module 5: End of Course Test
Total Time: 20 minutes
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. Module 6: Course Evaluation
To learn more about the requirements for earning a Self Study CE certificate, please refer to Self Study CE Certificate Requirements.
Tuition: VIN/VSPN Member $69
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center. Enrollment qualifications for Self Study CE:
- VIN CE Courses:
- VIN CE courses are open to VIN members.
- Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- VSPN CE Courses:
- VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
- Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
- Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
- Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses.
- Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN@vin.com. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to starting the course. If you wish to withdraw after you have started this self-study course, please contact the VSPN office 800-846-0028, ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund. *For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog. Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director VIN CE Services: CEonVIN
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357