The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health offers a fully online Graduate Certificate in Avian Health and Medicine (GCAHM). Learn from internationally renowned experts in an online program recognized by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV). This unique and innovative online program is for practicing veterinarians interested in being recognized health experts in the rapidly growing international poultry industry. The Graduate Certificate in Avian Health can be achieved in a single year. Those wishing to complete an additional two year program of specialized study including the latest in avian microbiology and serology, food safety, public health, economics and international trade, advanced poultry medicine, and disease management can go on to earn the Master of Avian Health and Medicine (MAHM).


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 24 credit hours $15,096 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 2 semesters $1,194 USD
Total Program Cost     $16,290 USD
Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  24 (credit hours)
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required for this certificate:  12 (credit hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • All students must apply and be admitted to the University of Georgia Graduate School.

Additional requirements include:

  • Demonstrated interest or experience in poultry medicine
  • A DVM, or equivalent degree
  • A biographical sketch describing your experiences, interest in poultry medicine, and your reasons for applying to the Graduate Certificate of Avian Health and Medicine program

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health   Students applying to the graduate school for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline

  • Fall:  July 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15

The Graduate School Application


Program Structure

Content within each subject is released on a weekly or monthly basis to allow the class to move through the material together. Lecture notes are presented online and can be downloaded by students. Class discussions, audio lectures, and interactive case studies are also some of the learning activities students will encounter in the course. Students will be expected to be able to set aside approximately 20-25 hours per week for reading, assignments and participation in online activities.


  Fall Term  Spring Term
Year 1
  • POPH 7210E Breeder Husbandry and Health (3 credits)
  • POPH 7220E Incubation Theory, Hatchery Practices, and Poultry Health (3 credits)
  • POPH 7230E Poultry Genetics and Nutrition (3 credits)
  • POPH 7414E Poultry Practicum I – Poultry Husbandry (3 credits)
  • POPH 7310E Poultry Pathology (9 credits)
  • POPH 7418E Poultry Practicum II – Management of Disease (3 credits)

 Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two fulfill requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health.

Contact Information

Contact the online Avian Medicine Graduate Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 948-2594