Preface content

Laboratory diagnosis of Marek’s disease

Laboratory diagnosis of Marek’s disease

This is a laboratory-based course and has been specifically designed for laboratory staff who are responsible for implementing Marek’s disease virus (MDV) diagnostic techniques in the laboratory. This course is not suitable for non-laboratory-based research or group leaders.

What you need to know

Cost: The tuition fee for the course is £700. Once a place on the course has been confirmed, delegates will be required to pay in full.  Please note, we will only consider refunding the course cost upon proof of inability to attend the course due to ill health or visa denial - official documentation will be required (e.g. doctor's letter, Home Office communication etc).

Duration: The course will run for 2.5 days.

Accommodation: The Pirbright Institute has access to basic accommodation in shared houses at an additional cost of £30 per night (excluding food).  The number of rooms is however limited, and availability is on a first come first served basis and cannot therefore be guaranteed. The alternative is for course delegates to use local Bed & Breakfast accommodation which we can help to organise.

Application deadline: TBC (please note that places will be limited to 4 participants)

Course prerequisites

In order for delegates to benefit as much as possible from this training course, and to ensure their Health and Safety at The Pirbright Institute, all applicants are required to be able to demonstrate their ability in English language.  Where English is not the first language, a formal qualification is required. The standard is set as an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in listening, reading and speaking and no less than 5.5 in writing.  Alternative qualifications at a similar level are acceptable, e.g. TOEFL, CEF.  If you do not hold a formal English language qualification, we may be able to conduct a video conference interview if required, in order to ascertain English language ability. Please email before applying if you require further information.

Participants requiring a visa to enter the UK will need a standard visitor visa.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Process field samples for DNA preparation.
  • Perform real-time PCR to detect MDV and Marek’s disease vaccine viruses.
  • Interpret the results of real-time PCR for MDV and Marek’s disease vaccine viruses.
  • Explain the diagnostic workflow for MDV diagnosis.
  • Troubleshoot real-time PCR workflows.
  • Isolate Marek’s disease virus using cell culture.
  • Reproduce the methods at their home laboratories and train other staff in the techniques.

Course description

The course will include a combination of hands-on practical’s, demonstrations, lectures, and eLearning. Relevant course material will be provided at the close of the course.

About the trainers

The course is designed and taught by subject matter experts in the WOAH Reference laboratory for MDV.

How to apply

Email your completed application form to

Trim content

® The Pirbright Institute 2024 | A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no. 559784. The Institute is also a registered charity.