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Poultry Health Management

Poultry health management professionals work to prevent the onset of disease or parasites in flocks. They are trained to recognize at an early stage the presence of disease or parasites and to treat all flocks that are diseased or infested with parasites as soon as possible.

NC State Veterinary Medicine Poultry Health Management faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the field and to teaching, research, and outreach programs that are responsive to the needs of students, poultry and allied industries, the veterinary profession, and scientific communities. We provide undergraduate, veterinary, and postgraduate instruction in poultry health. Additionally, we are committed to providing expertise, services, and resources to individuals, the poultry industry, and veterinarians by:

  • Offering clinical services to clients, industry, and government through problem solving and consultation.
  • Conducting basic and applied research on poultry health and production with an emphasis on emerging problems affecting the North Carolina poultry industry.
  • Offering continuing education programs for poultry health professionals.
  • Expanding the poultry education resource center based on a multimedia digital library for development of distance learning and teaching support.


We provide a focus program for DVM students interested in all aspects of poultry medicine. Additionally, we offer a unique opportunity for post-veterinary professional development through a clinical residency program in Poultry Health & Welfare. Our education is based on traditional foundations of poultry medicine (pathology, microbiology, medicine, and production) and on allied disciplines (communications, economics, biotechnology, epidemiology, information management, and systemic analysis).

For more information about opportunities within the Poultry Program, please see links below:

Other Learning Experiences

Students may also have the opportunity to work with certain Poultry Health Management faculty on research projects during the academic year and/or in the summer months depending on availability of funding. Other opportunities exist to gain summer experiences with integrated poultry companies, depending on availability. They are usually reserved for students with a primary interest in poultry health management. Both turkey and broiler companies offer these opportunities for summer employment.