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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
VETERINARY MEDICINE
Course unit
MANAGEMENT AND BREEDING OF PET ANIMALS
AVP3051629, A.A. 2013/14

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2011/12

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
VETERINARY MEDICINE
MV0991, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2013/14
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Course unit English denomination MANAGEMENT AND BREEDING OF PET ANIMALS
Website of the academic structure http://www.unipd.it/corsi/corsi-di-laurea/corsi-di-laurea-magistrale/medicina-veterinaria
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge REBECCA RICCI AGR/19

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
AVP3051626 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (CLINICAL MEDICINE) PAOLO BERZAGHI

Mutuated
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
MVN1031912 MANAGEMENT AND BREEDING OF PET ANIMALS REBECCA RICCI MV0991

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 4.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2013
End of activities 25/01/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus

Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: The student must have acquired knowledge on anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract and the mammary gland of farm animals (cattle, pigs, sheeps and goats) and on anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract of companion animals (dogs and cats). The student must be able to identify different feeds, and to know their chemical composition and nutritional value.

Propedeutic course:
Animal feeding and nutrition (Clinical medicine path)
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire knowledge on husbandry techniques for farm and companion animals and the potential problems leading to metabolic disorders, body lesions, reduction of productive performances and to reproductive problems. The student must be able to provide solutions for maximizing farm profitability and animal welfare.
Examination methods: ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - written exam at the end of the course

ANIMAL WELFARE AND QUALITY OF PRODUCTION - written exam at the end of the course

MANAGEMENT AND BREEDING OF COMPANION ANIMALS - written exam at the end of the course
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluate on their acquired knowledge and their capacity to critically analyze different scenarios of problems related to the management and welfare of farm and companion animals.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: This course, developed on 4 CFU, considers the following contents:
Introduction to the canine and feline breeds. Welfare of companion animals. Characteristics of the placements suited for the housing of dogs and cats and regulations settled on to warrant the animal welfare. The phenomenon of stray dogs in Italy: causes and strategies for its prevention. Dogs' shelters and catteries. Environmental enrichment. Feeding regimens and feeding behaviour in dogs and cats. How to asses the Body Condition Score in dogs and cats. Nutritional care of neonatal puppies and kittens, nutrient requirements of growing dogs and cats, feeding management and dietary requirements of dogs and cats during gestation, parturition, lactation and weaning; feeding management
and care of geriatrics subjects. Feeding dogs and cats alternatives to commercial petfoods. Feeding management of dogs and cats with adverse reactions to food. feeding management of obese subjects.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized as follows:
- 28 hours of teaching activities
- 4 hours of exercises and seminars
- The possibility of technical visits will be evaluated every year
- The course is completed with the activities planned within the practical training (“tirocinio”) that the student must perform him/herself (hands on) under the supervision of a teacher.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The Powerpoint slides used for lectures will be available on the Moodle platform.
The attendance of the course is mandatory (50% of the teaching activities and 90% of the practical activities)

Office hours: by appointment with the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Case, L.P., Carey, D.P., Hirakawa, D.A., Daristotle, L., Canine and Feline Nutrition. A resource for companion animal professionals.. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier, 2011.
  • Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Novotny, Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. Topeka, Kansas: Mark Morris Institute, 2010.