The primary objective of the College shall be to advance poultry veterinary science in Europe and increase the competency of those who practice in this field by:
a) Establishing guidelines and prerequisite standards of postgraduate education, training, contributions to the field and experience to become a Recognised Specialist in the specialty of poultry veterinary science.
b) Examining and authenticating veterinarians as Recognised Specialists in poultry veterinary science to promote the health and welfare of poultry, the production of safe and high quality products for consumers and the economic profitability of the sector by providing expert care, taking into account respect for the environment in view of a sustainable agriculture.
c) Encouraging research and other contributions to the knowledge and practice of poultry veterinary science, and promoting the communication and dissemination of these.
The College is a non-profit organisation and does not pursue commercial interests. The finances of the College may only be spent in accordance with the constitution. Members or officers of the College shall receive no payment from the funds of the College, except reimbursement of expenses.
The specialty poultry veterinary science is oriented towards poultry kept for commercial production purposes, primarily including the galliformes but also waterfowl, ratites and pigeons. The medicine of pet and wild birds within the specialty of poultry veterinary science is restricted to their role in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of diseases in poultry.
The Specialist in poultry veterinary science will have a good knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and control of infectious and non-infectious diseases directly or indirectly affecting poultry and the maintenance of healthy poultry flocks. Poultry veterinary science also includes production control systems, quality of poultry products, significance of poultry and poultry products for public health, national and international legislation, disease control programs, and management. The Specialist shall furthermore have working knowledge on zootechnical issues, ethology and welfare, nutrition, husbandry and genetics of poultry.