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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
VETERINARY MEDICINE
Course unit
POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE
AVP3051885, 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 POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE
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 ANTONELLA DALLE ZOTTE AGR/20

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
AVP3051883 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (FOOD SAFETY) PAOLO BERZAGHI

Mutuated
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
MVN1031727 POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE ANTONELLA DALLE ZOTTE MV0991

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/20 Animal Husbandry 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 and reproductive apparatus of poultry and rabbit species. The student must be able to identify different feeds, and to know their chemical composition and nutritional value. Propedeutic course: Animal feeding and nutrition (Food safety); Veterinary phisiology and ethology 2
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire knowledge on husbandry techniques for farm animals (cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits) and the potential problems leading to metabolic disorders, body lesions and to the reduction of productive and reproductive performances. The students 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 in English language

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

POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE - written exam at the end of the course
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on their acquired knowledge and their capacity to critically analyze different scenarios of problems related to the management and welfare of farm animals.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Poultry Science: 2 Credits
1. Poultry market and production chain
2. Species and breeds of farming interest. Outlines of genetics applied to poultry production and commercial hybrids
3. Egg composition and quality
4. Artificial incubation of eggs
5. Nutrition and feeding
6. Rearing techniques of broiler chickens
7. Rearing techniques of laying hens
8. Invited lecture on “hot topics” in poultry farming

Rabbit Science: 2 Credits
1. Rabbit market and production chain
2. Main breeds and commercial hybrids
3. Nutrition and feeding
4. Recalls of anatomy and physiology of reproduction
5. Reproductive rhythms
6. Rearing of reproducing, weaning and fattening rabbits
7. Invited lecture on “hot topics” in rabbit farming
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Front lectures: 32 hours
The course is linked to a compulsory internship with hands on activity, under the supervision of the lecturer.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides used during the learning activity will be distributed along the lectures and available at Moodle: https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/).

Office hours: every day upon appointment.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • AA.VV., Avicoltura e Coniglicoltura - A cura di Silvia Cerolini, Margherita Marzoni, Isabella Romboli, Achille Schiavone e Luisa Zaniboni. Milano: Le Point Vétérinaire Italie Srl, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cesare Castellini, Dispense di avicoltura. --: --, --. www.agr.unipg.it/didattica/corsi.../mat_dida/.../dispensa%20avicoltura.pdf
  • Marcella Battaglini e Cesare Castellini, Dispense di Coniglicoltura. --: --, --. www.ebooks-online.it/Ebooks-Gratis/guida_allevamento_conigli.pdf