Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate Course
According to the World Health Organization, the only feasible measure to stop avian influenza, in the absence of human vaccine and effective drugs, is culling of infectious birds and to improve personal hygiene.
The University of Delaware Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate Course:
The EPDR training program is an intensive 5 day program, taught in English, for 16 to 20 participants held at the UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Newark, Delaware. Newark is located half way between New York City and Washington, DC., and at the northern end of the Delmarva Peninsula, one of the largest poultry production areas in the United States.
Using a mixture of seminar, discussions, and hands-on technology demonstrations, the Certificate program's instructors will cover: understanding the influenza virus, surveillance, biosecurity, outbreak response and control, incident command structures, protecting the responder, depopulation, disposal, composting, and decontamination. The training program presents and utilizes the "Delaware model," which emphasizes close cooperation between government, industry and educational institutions to manage avian influenza outbreaks utilizing best management practices and technologies related to controlling outbreaks of avian influenza and other catastrophic disease outbreaks.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate program participants will receive a Certificate in Emergency Poultry Disease Response from the University of Delaware and earn continuing education units (CEU) necessary for professional re-certification requirements, such as veterinary or veterinary technician continuing education: 3.2 CEUs (32 training hours).
The Certificate is a joint program of the University of Delaware's Avian Biosciences Center in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.