Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate

Who should participate?

The program is designed for:

  • Poultry veterinarians in private and public service,
  • Flock and biosecurity managers at U.S. and international poultry companies,
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Government officials from the USDA or similar agencies
  • States departments of agriculture, and foreign governments with oversight responsibility for regulating the commercial poultry sector or in charge of poultry disease outbreaks
  • Homeland Security first responders, and firefighters involved in responding to outbreaks of poultry diseases would also benefit.
Hands on participation is encouraged This student uses a PAPR while learning depopulation procedures.

Requirements for enrollment

There are no formal requirements for acceptance into the Certificate program. The program has limited numbers of spaces and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


There are no specific prerequisites, however, knowledge of the poultry industry, poultry diseases, and avian influenza are recommended.

Time to complete

The Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate can be completed in just five, focused days. See the Curriculum for the program schedule.