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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
ASSESSING AND IMPROVING FARM ANIMAL WELFARE
AVP7078299, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
AG0065, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASSESSING AND IMPROVING FARM ANIMAL WELFARE
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO BIROLO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/20 Animal Husbandry 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of biochemistry, animal biology, anatomy and physiology of livestock.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will be able to evaluate the welfare status of farm animals during the different steps of the productive process (husbandry, transport and slaughter), identify critical points and provide solutions for improving animal welfare and production.
Examination methods: Written exam (multiple choice, open answers).
Assessment criteria: The student will have to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and technical skills to analyse, identify and solve the issues on farm animal welfare in relation to rearing system, facilities, housing conditions and animal management at the different steps of the production process.
Course unit contents: 1st Part. General introduction to the topic of animal welfare for farm animals: meaning, history and evolution of the animal welfare concept, assessment criteria, legislation (1 CFU).
2nd Part. Analysis of animal behaviour, stress indicators and methods to assess the animal welfare in livestock (dairy and beef cattle, pigs, poultry, rabbits and fishes) (3 CFU).
3th Part. Transport, stunning and slaughter: critical points for animal welfare and interactions with the end-product quality (1 CFU).
4th Part. Class exercises and technical visits (1 CFU).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be structured into class teaching activities to provide students with theoretical knowledge for achieving skills on the physiology and assessment of animal behavior, and the development of strategies for improving animal welfare.
Class exercises will be performed for the study of case reports and the discussion of scientific papers. Technical visits to model farms will be planned for the field evaluation of the critical issues on animal welfare and the implications of current legislation on farm productivity and management.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material used during lessons (Powerpoint presentations) will be available for students at the Moodle platform of the School of Agronomy and Veterinary at the address: https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/.
The teacher receives from Monday to Friday by appointment.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Carenzi, Corrado; Panzera, Michele, Etologia applicata e benessere animalea cura di Corrado Carenzi e Michele Panzera. Milano: PVI Point vétérinaire Italie, 2008. Parte 1 e Parte 2