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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7080706, A.A. 2019/20

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

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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 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FARM ANIMALS 1
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 FLAVIANA GOTTARDO AGR/19
Other lecturers LUCIA BAILONI AGR/18

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/18 Animal Nutrition and Feeding 1.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 2.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 2.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/06 Parasitology and Parasitic Animal Diseases 1.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/07 Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology 1.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 45 30.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 60 40.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GOTTARDO FLAVIANA (Presidente)
DACASTO MAURO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To be able to face the integrated course, students must know:
- the feeding methods and systems of breeding of farm animals, as well as the legislation in force on animal welfare.
- infectious and parasitic diseases of farm animals
- veterinary pharmacology and toxicology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide useful knowledge to work mainly on the prevention of health problems that may occur in a herd. Prevention starts from good knowledge of the organizational systems and tools useful to identify problems early.
The knowledge and skills to be acquired will therefore cover:

- the identification at the farm of the main problems related to nutrition and management and suggest strategies to carry out for improving health and welfare of the animals, the quality and safety of food of animal origin and the impact on the environment.

- Definition of vaccination plans and methods of their application in the different species or categories of farm animals, also depending on the actual territorial epidemiological situation;
- Management of epidemic emergencies and the activation of measures / tools to control diffusive diseases with a high social impact;
- improvement of the diagnostic approach in the control of infectious and parasitic diseases in livestock;
- knowledge of the role of the veterinarian in the health management of livestock farms.

knowledge useful to understand the main environmental or domestic/farm poisons, and resultant poisonings in farm animals. For each toxicant, information about species-specific toxicity and antidote therapy should be given
Examination methods: Overall oral exam at the end of the course.
The exam will consist of the discussion of one or more case studies (objective case management). The student will read the synopsis of scientific articles relevant to the disciplines (tables, graphs, short lines of text). Thereafter, he/she will answer to a number of questions, with a specific score. The sum of the obtained score (expressed in thirtieths) contributes to the final weighted score
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the acquired knowledge regarding specific topics covered by the lessons will be made considering:
- the ability to argue and solve problems related to specific topics;
- the ability to autonomously make intra and interdisciplinary connections
- the use of a specific technical language.
Course unit contents: Collection and storage of data for the assessment of farm efficiency (considering dairy and beef cattle, sows and fattening pigs).
Evaluation of the global (environmental, social and economic) sustainability of the farms based on productive performances and health data.
Implementation of information/communication strategies with the farmers for an effective transfer of information or interventions.

The quality and safety of feeds (forages and concentrates) for farm animals: direct (sensory) evaluation, sampling methods, the definition of laboratory tests and interpretation of lab reports. Evaluation of the rations, preparation of the mixing wagon, methods of administration and effects on the state of health and performance of the animals. Modification of the diets in relation to the presence of particular dysmetabolism and/or pathologies.

Definition of vaccination plans and methods of their application in the different species of livestock, also depending on the real territorial epidemiological situation;
Infectious problems of greater importance in lagomorphs;
Management of epidemic emergencies and measures/tools to control diffusive diseases with a high social impact;
Diagnostic approach in the control of infectious and parasitic diseases in livestock;
Role of the veterinarian in the health management of livestock farms.

Epidemiology of animal poisonings in Europe
Metals and micronutrients (e.g., selenium, copper)
Pesticides (e.g., fipronil, herbicides, fungicides)
Anthropogenic industrial contaminants (e.g., PBC, dioxins, PAHs)
Natural contaminants (e.g., mycotoxins, cyanobacteria, mushrooms)
Fitotoxins (Europe; e.g., nitrate e nitrite)
Water and feed contaminants (e.g., non-protein nitrogen urea, ionophores)
Diagnostic toxicology
Prevention and treatment

The practical part of the integrated course:
Visit farms with different production systems and categories.
Students are asked to evaluate the following aspects:
- application of biosafety measures;
- general health status of the herd;
- emergency management and epidemiological survey simulation;
- evaluation of the vaccination plans and any therapies applied
- quality of the feeding plan and possible interventions;
- quality of livestock structures and possible interventions
- overall assessment of the management level.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Students are provided of clinical cases and/or scientific articles in order to develop collaborative relationships, critical sense and problem solving skills. Meetings with companies experts and breeders will be planned in order to understand how to relate to the world of the veterinary profession.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For all the modules of the course the material prepared by the teachers for the lessons will be available on the Moodle platform (
On Moodle will also be reported the legislative material, data and websites of reference
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Gupta, R.C., Veterinary Toxicology – Basic and Clinical Principles. Elsevier, 2012.. --: Elsevier, 2012. ISBN 978-0-12-385926-6 Cerca nel catalogo