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Overview training programmes poultry

The European Union is an upcoming market for export. GD would like to support you to profit from this opportunity by offering you training with a focus on healthy animals and food safety in the EU. Combine one of the subjects below with a live Q&A session with one of our experts to make sure your knowledge is up to date so you can profit from the opportunities in the market.


Topics of the training are


  • Emphasis of the poultry industry organisation
  • Emphasis on welfare: pyramid of food requirements
  • General health care
  • EU regulations for production
  • Core breeding stock
  • Control of horizontal and vertical transmissions: hygiene
  • Importance of maternal antibodies: vaccin

EU layer sector

  • Emphasis on different housing systems (colony, barn, free range, organic, Dutch concepts such as ‘Rondeel’ and ‘Kipster’)
  • Risks and diseases of the different systems
  • Quality mark: ‘Better Life label’
  • Introduction to monitoring programmes
  • Health risks and control risks

EU broiler sector

  • Emphasis on different housing systems (intensive, moderately intensive, extensive, organic, Dutch concepts such as ‘Volwaard’ and ‘Windstreek’)
  • Risks and diseases of the different systems
  • Quality mark: ‘Better Life label’
  • Introduction to monitoring programmes
  • Health risks and control risks

Monitoring programmes

  • Official Dutch monitoring programmes: Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Salmonella Pullorum/Gallinarum, Zoonotic Salmonella
  • Focus on the design of these programmes: monitoring frequency and sample size
  • Tests used


  • Hygiene.
  • Sanitation and disinfection.
  • What is biosecurity?
  • What is the importance of biosecurity?
  • What is cultural biosecurity and why is this important?
  • How to follow best practice guidelines?
  • How to keep pathogens out?

Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV)

  • Molecular Characterization of Infectious Bronchitis Virus, with a focus on local strains, like 793/B-type, LX-4 (QX), TW-type, LDT3-type, TC07-2type.
  • Theory of protection against IBV (immunology), with a focus on vaccination strategies including local IBV strains protection.

Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD)

  • Serotype I IBDV strains: varying antigenicity and pathogenicity (classical, variant, and very virulent IBDV), including genotype classification.
  • Theory of risk of antigenic drift, including clinical signs of 'drift strains'.

Salmonella (zoonotic)

  • Risk factors of a salmonella infection in poultry, with diagnostic test to demonstrate Salmonella spp. in poultry.
  • Prevention of salmonella infection, with a focus on preventive vaccination (theory).

“Involving both our own experts and external speakers, we can cover multiple disciplines on a high level. The available knowledge is extensive and we like to share this with our participants, in order to contribute to healthy and sustainable farming worldwide.”

Sjaak de Wit, DVM, PhD, dipl. ECPSV, Senior Scientist R&D

More information and usefull links

Custom made training programmes: Building skills your way

We offer custom made training programmes on animal diseases and the use of veterinary diagnostic tests. Our animal health experts discuss current topics from theory to practice through an interactive programme of classroom sessions, farm visits and discussion of specific cases related to a topic. This ensures that the knowledge gained is immediately applicable.

There is plenty of time during the programme to interact with these experts. Contact us and create your own training programme by selecting the topics that interest you. These topics are available at basic or advanced level, in a one-day or multi-day training course. Organised at GD in Deventer, the Netherlands, anywhere in the world or online.

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