Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR)

Photo with a group of people who attended the EPDR Certificate Course

Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate Course

The University of Delaware in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to postpone the Emergency Poultry Disease Response and the Poultry Disease Outbreak Management and Regionalization (EPDR/PDOMR combined program) and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Quality Assurance Program until the summer of 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program description

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:

  1. Teaches U.S. and international professionals about preparedness planning, biosecurity and assessment tools, and rapid response techniques and technology – the three critical aspects of successfully managing an outbreak of potentially catastrophic poultry disease.
  2. Gives participants the opportunity to engage with fellow poultry veterinarians and agricultural professionals from around the U.S. and the world.
  3. Provides participants the opportunity to learn Continuing Education (CE) credits for license renewal purposes.

The EPDR training program is an intensive five-day program, taught in English, for 16 to 22 participants held at the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Newark, Delaware.

View Specific Course Curriculum

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).

Cost

The fee for the certificate program is only $1,575 due upon registration in the program. The fee includes instruction, technology demonstrations, readings and materials, and program lunches and one dinner.

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

How to register – limited seats available

Registration with payment is due ten business days before the start of the program. Registrations after this date will be accepted on a space available basis. You can register by mail, fax, phone, or online, using the following registration number:

The PCS Registration Course Number for Emergency Poultry Disease Response, 19J is:  Course is full; seats in course will not be available until summer 2019.

  • By phone — If you are paying with credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express), please note the registration number listed above and call 866/820-0238, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.(Eastern Standard Time)
  • By mail — Mail a completed registration form Will be provided soon by PCS. (with payment) to:Patricia Allen, Project Manager
    Professional and Continuing Studies
    University of Delaware
    501 South College Avenue
    Newark, DE 19716
    302-831-4829 (phone)
    302-831-3083 (fax)
    email: patallen@udel.edu

Refund policy

If a certificate program is canceled by the University, a full refund is provided. A refund, less a $75 processing fee, will be given to anyone who withdraws from a certificate program if written notice is received by Professional and Continuing Studies via mail, email, or fax two full business days prior to the program start date. No refunds will be awarded for withdrawals made less than two full business days before the program start date or after the program has started. All requests for refund must be submitted in writing to:

Patricia Allen
Program Coordinator, Non-Credit Programs
Professional and Continuing Studies
University of Delaware
131 501 South College Ave
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-4829

Email: patallen@udel.edu

Schedule and location

Dates

June 2019 dates are completed.

Similar courses offered in 2009 – 2018.

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 Delaware’s 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.

Fee

Only US $1,575, 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.

Lodging

Embassy Suites Newark – Wilmington/South Hotel
654 S College Ave, Newark, DE, 19713
Phone Number: 844-854-1679

Located in Newark, DE, this hotel is less than one mile from the Allen Laboratory, University of Delaware

Features 154 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls. Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Hotel’s restaurant, features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Newark-Wilmington South Hotel Description
640 South College Avenue, Newark, DE, 19713

Located in Newark, DE, this hotel is less than one mile from the Allen Laboratory, University of Delaware

Features 91 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and premium TV channels provides entertainment. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls. Recreational opportunities including an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a fireplace in the lobby. The hotel has room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held on select days.

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.

Course materials

Course materials will be made available in a password protected Google Drive.

Meals

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

Dress

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.

Avian Biosciences Center

The center will lead the way in research, education, and outreach programs that will provide solutions to contemporary problems in the avian biosciences. Defining and accomplishing science-based solutions to contemporary problems in the avian biosciences.
Meet the researchers on board to assist with prioritizing and steering the focus of the center.
Zoonotic diseases are very common, both in the United States and around the world. A "One Health" approach to research provides an opportunity to understand the relationships between humans and animals.
The focus will be on coordinating efforts among government agencies, universities and the poultry industry abroad to increase efficiency, biosecurity protocols and poultry operations.
The overall goal of the Poultry Health program is to provide surveillance, rapid diagnosis, prevention, and control of avian diseases.