The Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC), which is part of the College’s Department of Population Health, is dedicated to the advancement of poultry medicine throughout our state, nation, and world.
Faculty members in the PDRC teach undergraduate courses in the UGA College of Agriculture, offer course work for DVM students, and oversee several graduate programs for veterinary professionals. They also provide diagnostic assistance and consultation to the world’s poultry producers and conduct research focused on solving problems of importance to the industry.
We have animal care facilities that include 22 rooms of various sizes for colony research, over 130 isolation units including 13 glove box units for BSL-2 plus research, four conventional-type poultry houses, three hatcheries, and various support buildings including feed, maintenance, offices and necropsy. In addition, we have a seminar conference room, a necropsy facility for research, and a photographic studio and darkroom.
The PDRC offers a traditional master’s degree program (Master of Avian Medicine), a completely online master’s degree program (Master of Avian Health and Medicine), and participates in the college-wide Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program. These unique programs prepare veterinarians to be leaders in the poultry industry locally, nationally, and worldwide.