Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate

General Information

Schedule and location

Monday, June  15 – Friday, June 19, 2015 - limited spots available! Contact Eric Benson (ebenson@udel.edu) or George Irvine (girvine@udel.edu) for information.

Similar courses offered in 2009 - 2014.

The Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate program takes place at the Charles C. Allen, Jr. Biotechnology Laboratory, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716. Technology demonstrations and hands-on exercises may take place at other locations on the University of Delawareís College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as required.

The program generally starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. See the Curriculum for more information.


Only US $1,795, which includes instruction, technology demonstrations, readings and materials, and program lunches and one dinner. All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a University of Delaware Certificate in Emergency Poultry Disease Response.

A 15% discount is available if three (3) or more participants from the same organization register for the program.


Courtyard by Marriott Newark - University of Delaware
200 New London Road
Newark, DE 19711
+1 (302)-737-0900
The Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware offers all the services and amenities of a fine, business-class hotel, while also enhancing the educational and research opportunities for faculty and staff in the University’s internationally respected hotel, restaurant and institutional management program.

The four-story, 126-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel is on UD’s Laird Campus, off New London Road in Newark, next to the newly renovated John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center. The convenient location is ideal for serving visitors to the conference center or other University events, as well as the larger community.

The hotel is owned by the University of Delaware and managed by the Shaner Hotel Group.

We have reserved a limited number of rooms at a special reduced room rate of US$130 per night, which includes complimentary internet connection.  Incidental expenses will be the responsibility of each guest. To reserve a room, interested participants should:
1) Provide the University of Delaware with your preferred dates of stay at the hotel at the time of your registration for the training program. You will also need to provide UD with a credit card number to reserve the room at the hotel.

INCIDENTALS: Incidental expenses will be the responsibility of each guest. Each guest will be required to leave a valid credit card or a cash deposit in the amount of $50.00 with the hotel at the time of check-in. 
Amenities in each suite include a fully equipped kitchen, two dual-line telephones providing free local calls, voice mail, two remote-control televisions with cable programming, hairdryer, iron, and ironing board. Wireless high-speed Internet service, in-suite movies and Nintendo are available. Services include a 24-hour business center, indoor pool, fitness center, gift shop, complimentary parking, complimentary weekday newspaper, complimentary shuttle within a five-mile radius, valet service, guest laundry, and wheelchair accommodations.
Registered, overnight guests receive a complimentary, hot breakfast each morning in the atrium between 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is also a Welcome Home Reception every Monday-Thursday evenings between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., serving complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Grading policy

The Certificate is graded on a pass/fail basis unless letter grades are requested by the participant. Grading is based on participation in class and completion of interim assignments.

Textbooks and materials

A memory stick will be provided to each student with the course materials and readings and is included in the registration fee.


The program fee includes limited meals (breaks and lunches) for the participants during the program. Participants are responsible for dinner most nights.


Dress for the program is casual / corporate casual. Participants are encouraged to bring shoes that they can wear during demonstrations in a farm environment. Wednesday's field trip involves visting multiple farms and other facilities across the Delmarva Penninsula.