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  • General

    Welcome to Avian Influenza Biosecurity for Backyard Flock Owners!

    backyardDucksPhoto Credit: Johnny Jet and Thomas Kriese

    This course serves as a tool for small flock, backyard, homestead, and hobby poultry owners to become more informed on avian influenza (AI). You will learn how AI can affect you and your flocks, biosecurity measures that should be practiced to prevent disease and how to respond and recover in an event of an outbreak. Upon completion of this course you may take the final exam to receive your Avian Influenza Biosecurity Certificate. This course material may be reproduced free of charge for public use, however, it is not be be used for profit or financial gain.

    You may also want to visit the eXetension Avian Influenza Homepage or the Avian Influenza Facebook Page.

    This course is now available in 64 different languages. To change the language please select the language of choice from the Google Translate box below. Please note that some languages may not be properly translated.

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      • This course does not have to be completed in one session. You may sign out and continue at a later time. This course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete in its entirety.
      • There will be a practice quiz after each module to help you prepare for the final exam. Quizzes, videos, and hyperlinks are optional, but highly recommended.
      • Below is a glossary for definitions and acronyms and a resource page that provides links to general set up, health, and maintenance of a backyard flock.
      • You must score 70% or higher on the final exam to receive your certification. After passing, you may print the Avian Influenza Biosecurity Certificate of Completion. When finished, please take a few minutes to fill out the course evaluation and provide any insight you feel could improve this course.
      • For the best image quality, please use the most updated version of your web browser. (Some images may not appear due to firewall settings).
      • Any mention of commercial products is for informational purposes only; it does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the eXtension network or the University of Maryland.

      Any questions about this course should be directed to Nathaniel Tablante at

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        Module 1: Avian Influenza Facts

        Learning Objectives: To understand the basics of the avian influenza virus, how it is characterized, and presentation of clinical signs. Special topics review the highly pathogenic subtype H5N1 and human concerns during an outbreak.
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        Module 2: Prevention

        Learning Objectives: To understand the importance of being prepared and the use of biosecurity and surveillance measures to stop the spread of disease.
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        Module 3: Response

        Learning Objectives: To understand how an outbreak of avian influenza will be handled and the agencies and procedures involved in order to eradicate the disease.
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        Module 4: Recovery

        Learning Objectives: To understand the requirements of returning to a disease free state and recovering from financial losses.
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        Final Exam
        You must score a 70% or higher on the final exam to receive your certification. You may take the exam two times.
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        Certificate of Completion
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          Course Evaluation
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            Second Life

            Want to practice what you just learned? Then come visit our online backyard flock and test your biosecurity knowledge with some hands on fun.

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