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Poultry Health Management Residency & Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine (MSpVM)


Plans & Procedures

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU CVM) offers a unique opportunity for post-veterinary professional development: a combined Residency (called House Officer) in Poultry Health Management and Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine (MSpVM). Successful completion of this 24-month program will result in certification of Residency completion and a non-thesis Master’s degree. This program provides post-veterinary training in the identification and control of factors impacting poultry health and production. Goals of the program are to prepare veterinarians for productive roles in the modern poultry industry, and provide training and experiences to promote eligibility for certification by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Babek Sanei
Dr. Babak Sanei
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2000-02
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2002

Poultry Health Management Residents will be engaged in a two-year curriculum which includes participation in

  1. field investigations and research related to poultry health management and disease prevention,
  2. application and interpretation of diagnostic technology e.g. serology, microbiology, and pathology,
  3. didactic and seminar courses on poultry health and epidemiological problem solving,
  4. teaching activities of the Poultry Health Management faculty,
  5. production of commercial turkey and broiler flocks at the NCSU CVM Teaching Animal Unit.

The Poultry Health Management program makes use of resources at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU Poultry Science Department & Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (including Veterinary Services, Emergency Programs, and Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories), Regional Office of the United States Department of Agriculture, integrated poultry production companies, and allied industries.


CVM orientation for new House Officers (Interns and House Officers) is conducted sometime between mid-June and early July. Employment procedures, licensure, College, departmental and program policies and responsibilities, vehicle use, tour of facilities, and introductions will be covered. PHM House Officers will make an appointment with Dr. Martin for orientation specific to the PHM program at the CVM including review of this Plans & Procedures document, discussion of the curriculum requirements, and review of CVM procedures relevant to the clinical activities of PHM House Officers.

Nancy Reimers

Dr. Nancy Reimers
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2001-03
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2003

House Officer/MSpVM Student Responsibilities

Dr. Martin will coordinate each MSpVM student’s plan of graduate study (curriculum) and coordinate the House Officer’s clinical and externship activities. House Officer/MSpVM involvement in any project requiring a significant time commitment (travel, meetings, clinical trials, research projects, field experience, etc.) must be communicated in writing (e-mail OK) to Dr. Martin and approved by the Advisory Committee. PHM faculty members are Drs. John Barnes, Oscar Fletcher, Isabel Gimeno, Jim Guy, David Ley, and Mike Martin. Members of the poultry industry and NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services serve as adjunct faculty. PHM House Officers are encouraged and expected to interact closely with PHM faculty in preparation for courses and seminar, and involvement in teaching, research, clinical service, and extension-engagement activities.


The PHM House Officer’s primary responsibility will be to complete the curriculum requirements that will be provided. Details of the curriculum and plan of graduate study will be discussed with Dr. Martin. House Officers will also participate in the teaching, research, clinical service, and extension-engagement programs of the PHM faculty. A primary goal of this training program is to prepare PHM House Officers for certification by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV). This requires submission of the ACPV application and supporting materials by 2nd year House Officer by December 1st (dependent on the deadline set by the ACPV). ¬†Successful credentialing at that time will enable House Officers to sit for the ACPV examination in July of the following calendar year. Progress in the PHM House Officer program will be managed and evaluated relative to meeting ACPV credentialing requirements.


1) Clinical Activities
House Officers will contribute to the clinical services activities of the PHM program through involvement with clients, diagnostic investigations and problem solving, development of health recommendations, clinical research studies, and interaction with various diagnostic laboratories. Publication of case reports and/or clinical studies are necessary to meet the credentialing requirements for the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Lorrie Brundige
Dr. Lorrie Brundige
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2002-04
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2004

In addition to clinical teaching and service activities with the PHM faculty, each House Officer will also spend time working with adjunct faculty at commercial broiler, turkey, and table egg production facilities. Additional field experience may be provided through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories, United States Department of Agriculture, and NCSU Poultry Extension Service.

2) Course Work, Seminars, Fees, and MSpVM Requirements
MSpVM students must attend lectures, seminars, and courses that are agreed on by the Advisory Committee and specified in the Plan of Graduate Work and PHM curriculum. House Officers may also wish to participate in the NCSU Poultry Science Club and CVM Student Chapter of the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

MSpVM students will register for Fall and Spring semesters according to their Plan of Graduate Work. Registration Fees (tuition) are paid by the CVM Graduate Program. Student Fees will be paid by the PHP Department. Each semester PHM MSpVM students will receive an invoice for Student Fees. It is the responsibility of each MSpVM student to submit the Student Fees invoice to the PHP accountant, Lynda Villeneuve, for processing.

The MSpVM is a non-thesis Masters degree. Requirements include a Plan of Graduate Work consistent with the degree program and approved by the Advisory Committee, satisfactory completion of the Plan, and an oral exam (a Graduate School requirement). It is the MSpVM student’s responsibility to submit the Plan of Graduate Work to the Student Services Office. It is also the MSpVM student’s responsibility to submit the Request for Oral Exam at the beginning of the last semester of study. The oral exam requirement is accomplished by the cumulative satisfactory performance of seminars and presentations as well as completion and presentation of several mock clinical cases to the advisory committee. Oral examination must be completed before the beginning of April of the second year of the residency.

3) Seminars, Research and Written Reports
Presentation of two in-house seminars as part of the House Officer Seminar series is required. Three publication quality manuscripts, either case reports or research-based, (drafts due March and completed manuscripts due June of the House Officer's second year) are required to complete the program. House Officers are expected to have or develop proficiency in digital photography and image editing, word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), presentation (PowerPoint), and database management skills using computer resources of the CVM.

PHM House Officer/MSpVM students will choose research projects depending upon interest based on consultations with and approval of PHM faculty. Dr. Gimeno will coordinate research activities. A PHM faculty member must be clearly identified with each new research project or clinical case write up and will supervise the project. It is important that House Officer/MSpVM student activities and time commitments be communicated to and coordinated with all participating faculty.

Matilde Alfonso
Dr. Matilde Alfonso
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2003-05
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2005

4) Poultry Health Management Rounds/Seminar (SVM 602)
PHM Rounds/Seminars are held at Noon each Monday in the PHM conference room (B-328). House Officers are required to attend, and will actively participate in discussions and make at least two presentations approximately 30 minutes in length each semester on their current research, field projects, or specific topics of interest. Weekly oral reports of the TAU will also be made by the 1st year House Officer during PHM Rounds. Dr. Fletcher coordinates the course and presentations and Dr. Barnes is responsible for coordination of TAU reports. Dr. Fletcher must be informed of the topic 1-2 weeks in advance and the topic will be announced at the Rounds prior to the one at which the presentation will be made. Topics for presentation should be contemporary and of interest to both the House Officer and those attending.  Experiences during the program, including recent cases, topics or issues in the poultry industry, clinical research studies, or faculty activities provide good subjects for presentations. House Officers are encouraged to consult with PHM faculty and use resources of the CVM to prepare their presentations.

5) Poultry Health Histopathology Rounds
PHM histopathology rounds are held Wednesday from 10am-12pm in D-234 (multi-headed microscope room) or in the residents’ office and is headed by Drs John Barnes, Oscar Fletcher, and Tahseen Aziz. House Officers are required to attend these sessions when possible given the rest of their activities. During these rounds, House Officers will become more familiar with normal histopathology interpretation, histopathological diagnosis, and current disease problems affecting avian species.

6) Teaching Responsibilities
House Officers will participate in the clinical and didactic instruction of the PHM faculty. These responsibilities may include but are not limited to 1) participation in veterinary student clinical rotations (VMP 982, VMP 983 Advanced Poultry Health Management I and II) including instruction in poultry anatomy, diagnostic techniques, necropsy, and farm evaluation and 2) teaching assistant for VMP 401 including attending and presenting lectures, preparing exam questions, providing assistance to group projects, and helping with instruction of laboratories, and 3) participation in classes, laboratories and production courses (VMP 916, 936, 956, and 964) offered by PHM faculty. Teaching requirements of the Residency/Master’s programs will be fulfilled through these contributions.

Rafael Monleon
Dr. Rafael Monleon
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2004-06
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2006

7) Teaching Animal Unit
House Officers are responsible for veterinary oversight of the turkey and broiler flocks produced in the CVM Teaching Animal Unit (TAU). The 1st year House Officer will have primary veterinary responsibility for each flock including reporting results in weekly oral (PowerPoint) presentations at PHM Rounds and in a final written report (summarizing production, mortality, diagnostics, and processing data). The 2nd year House Officer will assist and serve as an informational resource for the 1st year House Officer. Dr. Barnes will provide direct supervision of House Officer TAU responsibilities and activities, which will be coordinated with the TAU Director, Dr. Wages. Dr. Barnes will provide assistance with necropsy of TAU mortality.

8) Scientific Meetings and Externships
Participation in scientific conferences, poultry industry meetings, and clinical externships provides PHM House Officers with valuable educational experiences and contact with poultry industry personnel and is strongly encouraged. Meetings usually attended include: National Poultry Health and Processing Meeting, Southern Conference of Avian Disease/International Poultry Expo, AVMA/AAAP, North Carolina Poultry Veterinarians Meeting, and in-state poultry producer conferences. Discussion of past externship opportunities with the PHM faculty and past residents is encouraged.

The amount of time and funding available for approved externships and meetings is variable depending on existing PHM budget and specific interests of the House Officer. The PHP Department may also provide each PHM House Officer with an annual travel allowance pending budgetary availability (current amount is $0.00 per year). All travel plans for meetings, conferences, and externships must be requested by the House Officer in writing and approved by Dr. Martin (and possibly by the Population Health and Pathobiology department chair). The forms necessary for pre-and post-travel are: Request, Travel Authorization, Student Evaluation, Mentor Evaluation (as applicable), and Reimbursement (as applicable). All records of travel expenses must be kept by the House Officer for submission to the PHP Department for reimbursement (as applicable) and copies submitted to Dr. Martin. House Officers are expected to 1) plan for the judicious use of funds available for travel and field experiences, 2) maintain records of account expenditures and 3) submit on a timely basis (2 and 3 weeks in advance for in-State and out-of-State travel, respectively) Travel Authorization forms for all overnight stays. Externships are usually taken at the end of the 2nd year of Residency require approval from Dr. Martin and the Advisory Committee.

Travel Authorization forms must be completed whether or not overnight travel results in cost to the University. It is the House Officer’s responsibility to submit original travel authorizations to the PHP Dept. Office Assistant and submit copies to the Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Martin.

Claudia Osorio
Dr. Claudia Osorio
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2005-07
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2009

Other Administrative Responibilities

Monthly summaries documenting significant House officer activities are required by the 10th of the month for each previous month including activities that relate to SVM 685A Supervised Teaching - Poultry Health Management Disease Training and Field Investigations. These activity summaries will be submitted to Dr. Martin as e-mail attachments, which will be distributed to the Advisory Committee. House Officers must also include o each monthly report a summary of their significant expenses for that month. The expense report should include: transportation, lodging, registration fees, dues, books, etc.; and whether expenses were sponsored, personal or reimbursed.

House Officers will meet with the Advisory Committee for evaluation of their progress two times during the year. House Officer evaluation forms will be submitted to the Faculty Committee on House Officer Programs (FCHOP) by Dec. 1 and April 1 of each year during the PHM Residency. By April 1st of the House Officer’s second year, the Advisory Committee will recommend for or against awarding a Certificate of Completion to each PHM House Officer. Additionally, PHM MSpVM students must meet the academic performance requirements of the NCSU Graduate School.

There may be exit interviews with the Advisory Committee, PHP Department Head, and FCHOP for PHM House Officers to summarize their impressions of the program and suggest changes/improvements.

Twelve days of vacation are available each year and must be taken before June 1 of the House Officer’s second year. Prior to taking vacation, PHM House Officers will submit Annual Leave forms to the Clinical Coordinator (Dr. Martin) for approval.

Rosemary Marusak
Dr. Rosemary Marusak
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2008-10
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2010

PHM House Officers must comply with the ‘Principals for the Use of Animals’ document (copy follows), and be certified as indicated below.

All Principal Investigators (as indicated on the AVAU) must be certified (successful completion of the examination) before the Application for Vertebrate Animal Use AVAU can be approved; PIs must be re-certified at least every three years after initial certification. All NCSU personnel who work unsupervised with experimental animals must be certified prior to performing animal manipulations and at least every three years thereafter. The process in each case is initiated by contacting the LAR office (CVM room A234; 513-6280;, which will provide a packet of material containing instructions for completing the training and an examination to be returned to the LAR office. The examination will be graded, and the individual, and the IACUC office, notified of successful completion (80% correct answers). The actual training will involve a series of internet sites selected to satisfy the specifically required topical areas. Personnel will be directed to sites that have sufficient information to successfully complete the exam, as well as links for more information. Because this basic training includes institution-specific information, completion of training at another institution may not substitute for NCSU certification.

Plan of Graduate Work

The Plan of Graduate Work (curriculum) is intended to serve as a functional framework for the purposes of planning and organizing PHM training experiences for each MSpVM student’s individual benefit, and to maintain efficient operations at the CVM. Functioning within this framework is expected to be dynamic based on developing opportunities and individual priorities of each MSpVM student. This system can work to everyone's benefit if timely and clear communications are maintained among those involved.

Meetings of the Advisory Committees and House Officer/MSpVM students will be held to evaluate and adjust as necessary the curriculum and priorities of activities.

Kabel Robbins
Dr. Kabel Robbins
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2009-11
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2011

Poultry Health Management Residency Advisory Committee
Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine Graduate Committee

*Dr. Mark Alley (NCSU, CVM)
Dr. Tahseen Aziz, ACPV (NCDA&CS)
Dr. H. John Barnes, ACVP, ACPV (NCSU CVM)
Dr. Donna Carver ACPV (NCSU Poultry Extension Service)
Dr. Oscar Fletcher, ACVP, ACPV (NCSU CVM)
Dr. Isabel Gimeno, ACPV (NCSU CVM)
Dr. James Guy, ACVM, ACPV (NCSU CVM)
*Dr. David Ley, ACVM, ACPV (NCSU CVM)
*Dr. Michael Martin (Chair), ACPV (NCSU CVM)
Dr. Jo Anna Quinn, ACPV (USDA)

*Core committee members with signature authority

Annika Hoffman
Dr. Annika Hoffman
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2010-12
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians - 2013

Dr. Jocelyn Romano
PHM Resident/MSpVM 2011-13