The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health offers a fully online non-thesis Master of Avian Health and Medicine (MAHM). 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 the first year, followed by two years 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.
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Select Intended Program – MAHM, Avian Health and Medicine (Population Health)[MAHM_AVHM_ON]
Entrance Exam Scores – Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. Institutional code for ETS reporting: University of Georgia 5813.
GRE or MAT
International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission
Letters of recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.
Fall: July 1
Fall: April 15
The Graduate School Application
Tuition & 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 $45,288 in tuition.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
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).
Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
High-speed internet access.
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.
Breeder Husbandry and Health
Incubation Theory, Hatchery Practices, and Poultry Health
Poultry Genetics and Nutrition
Poultry Practicum I – Poultry Husbandry
Poultry Practicum II – Management of Disease
Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two fulfill requirements for the Post Graduate Certificate in Avian Health
Poultry Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Poultry Practicum III – Preventive Medicine
Poultry Food Safety Epidemiology
Poultry and Public Health Issues Impacting International Trade
Poultry Practicum IV – International Trade Issues
Economics of Poultry Production
Poultry Disease Prevention Programs
Poultry Routine Health Surveys
Poultry Practicum V – Production Economics and Financial Analysis
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“My favorite part of the MAHM program is that it easily fits into my lifestyle. Working as a turkey veterinarian in the commercial poultry industry consumes a large portion of my time and often includes additional work hours outside of a normal workday. The online MAHM program has allowed me to continue the expansion of my poultry medicine and husbandry knowledge base.”
“The Master of Avian Health and Medicine program provides all the necessary information I need to develop my skills as a poultry veterinarian. The clinicians and faculty that are involved with this program are renowned for their work and achievements in the industry. I am happy to be a part of that and to have the opportunity to work with them on a personal level.”
“I chose the program because of the excellent reputation of both schools. The program was very attractive to me because I knew that I did not want to forfeit a job that I loved while taking time off to earn a Master’s. The way that the MAHM was structured allowed me to incorporate my on the job real-life experiences and diagnostic cases in both field and lab settings with my online studies.”