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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7080686, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
MV0991, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 11.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction 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 (Ord. 2017)

Teacher in charge MARCO MARTINI VET/05
Other lecturers MICHELE DRIGO VET/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 11.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 4th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 2
Lecture 10.0 100 150.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology; General Pathology
Target skills and knowledge: Students should be able to recognize on clinical, epidemiological and laboratory basis the main animal infectious diseases and to apply proper actions to control them. Students should be able to use necropsy as diagnostic tool of infectious disease of birds. Students should be aware of the principles of biosecurity and of their application to different settings (industrial and backyard systems, kennels and catteries, households)
Examination methods: Oral examination, written test including both exercizes and multiple choice questions regarding the Epidemiology module and necropsy on poultry at the end of the courses
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated according to their ability to apply the acquired knowledge to solve problems associated to the circulation and impact of infectious agents on animal and human populations and to their skill in performing a post-mortem examination on poultry
Course unit contents: The course, which is divided into three modules (Veterinary Epidemiology, Animal Infectious Disease and Avian Pathology) deals with the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs, lesions, diagnosis, prevention and control of the major bacterial and viral diseases of livestock, companion animals and wildlife. Biosecurity measures, national and international legislation and socio-economic impact are also discussed. Epidemiology applied to surveillance (measures of disease occurrence, evaluation of diagnostic tests, sampling method) represent the specific subject of the Epidemiology module
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures will be performed using powerpoint slides, videos and interactive discussion also with invited experts; teamwork aimed at self assessment; supervised practical activity on birds in the necropsy theatre
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides the recommended textbooks, additional teaching material is available to students. On the Moodle platform students may have access to the powerpoint files used by teachers. The following websites are also suggested:
- Pfeiffer D. U. Veterinary Epidemiology – An introduction. 2016
- P. P. Pastoret P. P., M. Lombard M., Schudel A. A. Animal Vaccination, 2007
- Terrestrial Animal Health Code, O.I.E., 2018
- Manual of Diagnostics Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals, O.I.E., 2018
- Bottarelli E.:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Coetzer J. A. W., Tustin R. C., Infectious diseases of livestock. --: Oxford University Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Greene C. E., Infectious diseases of the dog and cat. --: Saunders, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zimmerman J. J., Karriker L., Ramirez A., Schwartz K. J., Stevenson G.W., Zhang J., Diseases of swine. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sellon D. C., Long M. T., Equine Infectious Diseases. --: Saunders, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wobeser G. A., Disease in Wild Animals: Investigation and Management. --: Springer, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Benazzi P., Il Regolamento di Polizia Veterinaria.. --: Esculapio, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Swayne D.E., J.R. Glisson J. R., McDougald L. R., L.K. Nolan L. K., Suarez D. L., Nair V. L., Diseases of Poultry. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Owen R.L., . AAAP, 2017, A practical guide for Managing Risk in poultry production. --: AAAP, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Williams S.M., Dufour-Zavala, Jackwood M., Lee M., Lupiani B., Reed W. M., Spackman, Woolcock P., A Laboratory Manual for the Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Avian Pathogens. --: AAAP, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Boullianne M., . AAAP, 2013, Avian Disease Manual. --: AAAP, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Thrusfield M., Veterinary Epidemiology. --: Blackwell, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kahoot

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Responsible Consumption and Production