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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP3051886, 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
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 ANIMAL WELFARE AND FOOD QUALITY (FOOD SAFETY)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge FLAVIANA GOTTARDO AGR/19

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

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 30 45.0 No turn

Start of activities 03/03/2014
End of activities 14/06/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
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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: Animal welfare on farm
Critical points for animal welfare will be described in the principal farm animals (dairy and beef cattle, sows and fattening pigs, poultry and rabbits) and companion animals (dog, cat, horse and rabbit) in the current rearing systems taking into consideration their behavioural needs.
Evaluation of the effects on farm management consequent to the application of the European regulation on animal welfare.
Animal welfare and foodstuff quality in relation to the procedures of transportation and slaughtering of farm animals.
Quality of animal products
Quality of animal products (milk and dairy products, meat, eggs, leather and wool).
Instrumental and sensorial methods for the evaluation of nutritional and organoleptic food quality. Identification of the aspects in the productive process affecting the quality of the final product: genotype, nutrition, housing system, environmental and technologic parameters, transportation and marketing.
Strategies for improving the quality of animal products with particular regards to animal welfare, environmental protection and animal biodiversity (no food production, organic production).

visits and activities will be held on the experimental farm of the Padua University and on commercial farms in order to make the students aware of how to assess the animal welfare by observing the animals’ health status and behaviour, their housing conditions and the farm management.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized as follows:
teaching activity = 30 hours
exercises = 10 hours
other than the repeated exercises
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 slides used for lectures as well as the scientific papers suggested by the teacher will be available on the Moodle platform ((

Office hours: daily by appointment with the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Napolitano F., De Rosa G., Grasso F, Comportamento e benessere degli animali in produzione zootecnica.. --: Aracne editrice., 2007.