Merck partners with WVEPAH to support vet education

Post-graduate study programs support today's poultry field veterinary leaders.

Merck Animal Health announced a new partnership with World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH), a global nonprofit organization providing post-graduate study programs validated by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for professionals in various aspects of production animal health, including poultry.

As part of the partnership, Merck Animal Health will help facilitate the certification of 38 professionals worldwide by the end of 2016.

“Merck Animal Health is proud to extend our commitment to veterinarians and poultry producers by facilitating new educational opportunities to help them achieve effective solutions and improve the health of their animals,” said Delair Bolis, executive director, global poultry, Merck Animal Health.

“Through our post-graduate study programs, we are providing training to support today’s poultry field veterinary leaders,” WVEPAH director Dr. Pierre Cadot said. “The growing worldwide demand for poultry products can only be met by improving poultry health and welfare, as well as producers’ productivity and profitability, and we are pleased to partner with (Merck) to build upon our knowledge base in the field of poultry production.”

Founded in 2010, WVEPAH offers certification and masters programs to improve professionals’ knowledge of production animal health. The examination for the “Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production” requires participation in specialized modules related to the regulatory aspects of OIE poultry health. The masters program requires graduation from the certificate program in addition to a second specialized module.

Upcoming modules in turkeys (Oct. 17-22 in Berlin, Germany) and chickens (Nov. 21-Dec. 1 in Gaborone, Botswana) are open for registration. Additional courses are planned in 2017.

To register for a course or find more information, visit the WVEPAH website at

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