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Graduate Certificate in Avian Health and Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Avian Health and Medicine

Holly Sellers, Ph.D., Professor

Avian virology is an ever-evolving and fascinating field that presents opportunities for new tools and lab techniques.

Holly Sellers



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. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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


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

Admissions Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Avian Health and Medicine and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Intended Program – CERG, Avian Health (Population Health) [CERT_2AVH]
  4. Statement of Purpose – Submit to the Graduate School online in your application 
  5. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission. 

International Applicants – must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores 

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

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  July 1

International Applicants 

  • Fall:  April 15


Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $15,096 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

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). 

Technology Requirements

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



Total Hours Required for this certificate:  24 (credit hours)

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.

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