Postgraduate – Poultry Health Sciences

The Ghent University Postgraduate course in Poultry Health Sciences will offer an unique opportunity to study in-depth the different aspects of poultry health sciences, bridging the gap between theoretical and applied knowledge, aiming to equip current and future professionals with knowledge, skills and understanding to address global and local challenges in future poultry production.


There has been an increasing pressure on the livestock sector to meet the growing demand for high-value animal protein. The world’s livestock sector is growing at an unprecedented rate and the driving force behind this increased consumption of animal protein is a combination of population growth, rising incomes and urbanization. One of the most sustainable sources of animal protein is poultry, as chickens do not require a lot of land and water and are highly efficient in converting feed to body mass, as compared to other production animals. The poultry industry is characterized by highly efficient production systems and advanced technologies. A successful poultry production requires knowledge in various disciplines, including management, husbandry, biosecurity, health, nutrition, disease control, sustainability, animal welfare, food safety among others.

The poultry industry supplies millions of jobs across the globe. Over the next 10 years, thousands qualified poultry people will be needed in the industry. In the poultry industry, there are jobs available to fit nearly any interest such as veterinary sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition, disease and quality control, sustainability, environmental friendly production, animal welfare, digitalization, poultry product development, just to name a few.

Advanced Professional Training

Advanced training courses and workshops contribute to the training of many employees of veterinary practices, pharmaceutical companies, animal feed and animal feed additive companies, research institutes and universities. These types of trainings enables these people to further develop their expertise in poultry health sciences and subsequently improve their career prospects in the poultry sector. However, these short technical trainings are limited in time and focus only on the newest trends in poultry health issues.

Therefore, this postgraduate course in Poultry Health Sciences was developed to offer an in-depth educational program to educate fundamental and applied knowledge based on bridging the gap between research and field expertise.

Course Structure

The postgraduate in Poultry Health Sciences is a three years program offered as an online course supported with in total 5 weeks of onsite practical training and 2 weeks of externship. Online and distance learning offers students the flexibility of studying from anywhere and at any time over the internet. This new online postgraduate course offers a new way of combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction between lecturers and fellow students from around the world. By combining this online course with short period of onsite practical trainings students will be able to acquire both in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge.

This postgraduate course is designed to suit those in continuing employment or with other commitments.

This course is designed to educate students with a diverse educational background with an interest in poultry health sciences, not only veterinarians.

Course already available in 3 continents

Subscribe now for the Programme EUROPE or Programme ASIA with start in academic year 2021-2022.

& coming soon: Programme Latin America with start in academic year 2022-2023.