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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
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AVP3052611, A.A. 2016/17

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
MV0991, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICS IN REPRODUCTION (FOOD SAFETY)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English, Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in VETERINARY MEDICINE

Teacher in charge STEFANO ROMAGNOLI VET/10
Other lecturers MARIA ELENA FALOMO VET/10

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/10 Clinical Veterinary Obstetrics and Gynaecology 5.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 40 60.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2016
End of activities 20/01/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ROMAGNOLI STEFANO (Presidente)
FALOMO MARIA ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 ROMAGNOLI STEFANO (Presidente)
FALOMO MARIA ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 ROMAGNOLI STEFANO (Presidente)
FALOMO MARIA ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
3 Commissione A.A. 2015/16 01/12/2015 30/11/2016 ROMAGNOLI STEFANO (Presidente)
FALOMO MARIA ELENA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology of gonadal function as well as of physiology of the reproductive cycle of all domestic species as well as of exotic companion and wild animals. Having successfully passed the final exam of the course of Obstetrics and Pathology of Reproduction is a mandatory requirement
Target skills and knowledge: Students are expected to learn the basics of management of the reproductive cycle and how to identify and treat the most common diseases of food animals (ruminants and swine) and horses.
Furthermore, they will be expected to know how to a) monitor
and control the reproductive cycle of bitches,
queens, ferrets and other exotic and wild species, b) perform artificial insemination and diagnose and treat the most common diseases of the reproductive tract of dogs, cats and exotics animal species
Examination methods: The final exam will consist of a practical part (in which students will be expected to demonstrate procedures learnt during small animal and food animal practical labs), a written part (multiple choice and short assay type quizzes) and an oral examination (separately on small animal, equine and food animal reproduction) at the end of the course. The score will be composed as follows: 5% practical part on small animals; 5% practical part on large animals; 30% exam on small animals; 30% exam on food animals; 30% exam on equine. Each part is fundamental for passing the exam; students failing even one practical part, or the written part or one of the oral parts will have to repeat the exam. Sections of the exam already satisfactorily passed will be kept as valid until the following exam session, after which the exam will have to be repeated fully.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated relative to their theoretical knowledge but also with regard to their ability to solve the most common practical problems encountered in daily clinical practice (which will be dealt with in class)
Course unit contents: FOOD ANIMALS
Clinical exam of the reproductive tract
Heat detection
Artificial insemination
Reproduction in buffaloes
Reproduction in small ruminants
Pharmacologic manipulation of the reproductive cycle in seasonal and non-seasonal species
Clinical approach to the peripartum diseases
Vaginal and uterine prolapse
Reproductive health management programs
Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Management of transition phase
Artificial insemination
Fertilization, early development and placental formation
Management of twin embryos
Embryonic death in mares
The prefoaling period
Parturition and dystocia
Retained placenta
Abortion due to infection, placentitis
Uterine cultures, cytology and biopsy
Biotechnologies in animal reproduction

The small animal module of this course will be taught entirely in English and will be organized using the so called “Flipped Classroom Approach”, an innovative teaching technique through which students in class are actively engaged in doing group work while the teacher does a supervision. At the beginning of the course the following material will be available online:
A)Powerpoint presentations
1. Canine and feline breeding management
2. Pregnancy and pseudopregnancy
3. Complications in pregnancy
4. Parturition and dystocia
5. C-section when and how
6. Pediatrics and postnatal resuscitation
7. Puerperal diseases
8. Mammary gland tumors
9. Infertility in bitches and queen
10. Estradiol-related conditions: vaginal prolapse, persistent heat
11. Neutering-related conditions: urinary incontinence, ovarian remnant
12. Clinical use of reproductive hormones
13. Breeding soundness evaluation in male dogs and cats
14. Infertility in male dogs and cats
15. Testicular diseases
16. Prostatic conditions

B) File di word: Small Animal Reproduction Notes
The course will start with a classical type lecture on topic n. 1, during which examples of clinical cases and how to solve them will be shown. During the following lectures students will have to solve 1-2 clinical cases/lecture working in groups of 4-5. Work in class will focus each time on selected topic/s on which students are expected to have read and studied the related material received from the teacher. The Small Animal Reproduction module consists also of the following 4 seminars (which will be held in Italian):
- Practical aspects on the control of free roaming animals in shelters (Dr. Aldo Costa, State Veterinary Officer Region of Veneto)
- Reproduction of exotic and wild animal species (Dr. Donatella Gelli, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health, University of Padova)
- Practical aspects of reproduction and reproductive peculiarities of canine and feline breeds (Dr. Anna Lorenzon, private veterinary practitioner, Venice, Italy)
- Practical aspects of managing a small animal clinic (Dr. Stefano Mori, private veterinary practitioner, Livorno)
The following is a preliminary program of which topic will be dealt with for each lecture:
Lecture 1 = Breeding management
Lecture 2 = Pregnancy and pseudopregnancy
Lecture 3 = Complications in pregnancy
Lecture 4 = Parturition and dystocia
Lecture 5 = C-section when and how; pediatrics and postnatal….
Lecture 6 = Seminar of Dr. Lorenzon
Lecture 7 = Puerperal diseases and mammary tumors
Lecture 8 = Seminar Dr. Gelli
Lecture 9 = Infertility in bitches and queens
Lecture 10 = Seminar Dr. Mori
Lecture 11 = Estradiol and neutering related conditions
Lecture 12 = Clinical use of hormones
Lecture 13 = Breeding soundness evaluation in male dogs&cats
Lecture 14 = Infertility in male dogs and cats
Lecture 15 = Testicular diseases
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: (clinical path)
lectures = 56 hours
practical = 10 hours
lab = 16 hours

(food safety path)
lectures = 40 hours
practical = 10 hours
Additional notes about suggested reading: A set of Class Notes (written by all teachers of the Reproduction group in 2008) is available for download, which features a great deal of theoretical information. Students should be aware of the fact that this set of Class Notes alone IS NOT SUFFICIENT to pass the exam). The textbooks listed below are fundamental for a sound preparation allowing the student to pass the final exam

Furthermore, students will be provided with all the .pdf files of each lectures

Slides used for lessons will be available on Moodle platform (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Youngquist RS, Threlfall WR,,, Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology 2,... New York::: Saunders, Elseviers, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • England G, Von Heimendhal A,,, BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Reproduction and Neonatology. Birmingham, UK: BSAVA, 2010.
  • McKinnon AO, Voss, Equine Reproduction. Philadelphia, USA: Williams and Wilkins, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo