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).
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- Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). 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|
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Technology upgrades
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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)
- 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.
- Fall: July 1
- Fall: April 15
The Graduate School Application
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|
Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two fulfill requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health.