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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077499, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge GABRIELE GERARDI VET/08

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/08 Clinical Veterinary Medicine 6.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Required foundation courses: none
Target skills and knowledge: Analyze, understand and apply the relevant laws on the welfare of wild and laboratory animals.
Learn and develop skills to understand and discuss the ethical dimensions of animal care and welfare in all different fields.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of a written test based on multiple-choice, case studies discussion and oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the acquired knowledge in relation to its ability to use and present the concepts and topics learned during the course.
Student is expected to gain experience in legislation data analysis and to deal with ethical questions both on a theoretical and a practical level.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course frontal lectures cover:
PART n. 1 = Basic principles of legislation which include:
Institutions and international organization regarding the protection of animals;
The composition of the act;
- The hierarchy of laws;
- The meaning of: International Convention, EU Regulation and EU Directive;
Law, Legislative Decree and Ministerial Decree;
Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU);
Official Gazette of the Italian Republic.

PART n. 2: Analysis and interpretation of the relevant and animal protection on the wild animals which include:
Community and national law concerning the CITES, zoos, circuses,
animals’ possession, handling and transport.

PART n. 3: Analysis and interpretation of the relevant legislation and animal protection on the laboratory animals which include:
Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes;
Legislative Decree 4 march 2014, n. 26: Implementation of the Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The course practical lectures cover different topics, at option of the students, such as:
Quarantine and management of wild and laboratory animals’ trade;
Looking for recommendation codes for an optimal management of the animals;
Legislation on the use of drugs especially pain relief;
Legislation on waste disposal
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 40 hours of frontal lectures, and 8 hours of practical lectures.

Practical activities are based on participative interaction with group discussion about the different topics reported in Course unit contents.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Web page:

The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • I. A. Robertson, Animals, Welfare and the Law: Fundamental Principles for Critical Assessment,. --: Ed. Routledge, 2015.
  • Radford, M, Animal welfare law in Britain: regulation and responsibility. --:, --.