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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7080708, 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 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPANION ANIMALS 2
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 MARIA ELENA GELAIN VET/03
Other lecturers TOMMASO BANZATO VET/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/03 General Pathology and Veterinary Pathological Anatomy 2.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/08 Clinical Veterinary Medicine 2.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/09 Clinical Veterinary Surgery 2.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/10 Clinical Veterinary Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 6.0 90 60.0 3
Lecture 2.0 30 20.0 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. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 GELAIN MARIA ELENA (Presidente)
BERLANDA MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: the student should:
• be able to recognize and describe morphological changes observable in tissues, organs and systems and, by the establishment of differential morphological diagnosis, she/he should be able to identify or indicate the possible/s cause/s of diseases
• be able to manage the problem-oriented approach (POA); to know the most common diseases of small animals and correct approach to differential diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
• be able to manage the reproductive cycle of small, the clinical examination of reproductive system and the diagnostic approach. She/he had to know differential diagnoses and therapeutic protocols for the main diseases in small animals reproduction
• know basic surgical techniques, the management of anesthesia and sedation small animals
Target skills and knowledge: Cytology:
knowledge and application of the cytological classification criteria of the main inflammatory and neoplastic processes; recognize and describe the main cell populations in a cytological slide derived from endocrine organs, skin, liver, lymph nodes, reproductive system and cavity effusions.
Internal medicine:
Knowledge of correct approach to diagnosis and treatment of most common endocrinopathies of dogs and cats, otitis externa in dogs and cats, feline cardiomyopathies, feline hepatic lipidosis and Syncope
Development of the basic skills to recognize the main physiological and pathological changes of the male and female genital apparatus in small animals. This knowledge will be achieved through the learning of ultrasound diagnostic notions, the evaluation of vaginal and seminal cytological preparations, and through the discussion of clinical cases.
Knowledge of the approach of the surgical patient, diagnosis and surgical management of addressed surgical diseases. Localize the lesion in Central and Peripheral Nervous System. List an exhaustive differential diagnosis. Interpret diagnostic imaging, with a special focus on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Basic knowledge of Neurosurgery
Examination methods: oral examination including all the parts of the course.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the ability of applying the knowledge acquired to solve specific clinical issues; the use of technical terminology and capacity of making cross-links across the arguments.
Course unit contents: Cytology:
Introduction and description of a cytological glass slide. Classification of inflammatory and neoplastic process. Description and interpretation of cytological samples from endocrine organs, skin, liver, lymph nodes, reproductive system and cavity effusions
Internal medicine:
A Clinical Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of 1) Canine and Feline Diabetes Mellitus 2) Canine hypoadrenocorticism and Hyperadrenocorticism 3) Canine hypothyroidism and feline hyperthyroidism 4) Otitis externa in dogs and cats 5) Feline cardiomyopathies 6) feline hepatic lipidosis 7) Syncope
Ultrasound evaluation of male and female reproductive system pathologies and of the different stages of pregnancy. Andrological diagnostics using seminal material analysis. Discussion of clinical cases through group work. Principles of reproduction of exotic and wild species; sexing of the most common non-conventional animal species; management of captive breeding; principles of neonatology and orphan rescue; artificial feeding techniques.
Surgery of ear, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and kidney. Introduction to surgical oncology e re-constructive surgery. Localization, diagnosis and treatment of 1) Ischemic myelopathy and encephalopathy 2) Meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown origin 3) Cranial and spinal trauma 4) Vestibular syndromes 5) Neoplasias of the Nervous System
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be carried out with lectures (cytology, medical clinic), discussion of clinical cases, students' group work and critical review of scientific literature.
Regarding the discussion of cases and group work, students will discuss the proposed cases in groups and will have to present a concise picture of the patient's problems, possible differential diagnoses, therapeutic approaches and prognosis. The solution of the case will then be discussed with the teacher. Furthermore, a selection of scientific articles concerning the pathologies treated will be proposed to the students for a critical review.
The teaching material (slides, articles, digital slides) will be available to students through Moodle. At the end of the lectures, the learning of the main concepts exposed through online quizzes in the classroom (kahoot) will be evaluated
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Raskin, Rose E.; Meyer, Denny J., Canine and feline cytologyrisorsa elettronicaa color atlas and interpretation guideRose E. Raskin, Denny J. Meyer. St. Louiso: Elsevier, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cowell, Rick L.; Tyler, Ronald D.; Meinkoth, James H.; Caniatti, Mario, Citologia diagnostica ed ematologia del cane e del gattoR. L. Cowell, R. D. Tyler, J. H. Meinkothedizione italiana a cura di Mario Caniatti. Torino: UTET, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mattoon, John S., Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound (Third Edition). W.B. Saunders: --, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Thrall, Donald E., Textbook of veterinary diagnostic radiologyrisorsa elettronicaDonald E. Thrall. St. Louis: Elsevier, --.
  • Wisner, Erik; Zwingenberger, Allison, Atlas of Small Animal CT and MRI. Wiley: --, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Heimendahl, Angelika : von; England, Gary C. W., BSAVA manual of canine and feline reproduction and neonatologyeditors Gary C. W. England and Angelika von Heimendahl. Quedgeley: British small animal veterinary association, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Feldman, Edward C., Canine and Feline Endocrinology (4th Edition). W.B. Saunders: --, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ettinger, Stephen J.; Feldman, Edward C., Textbook of veterinary internal medicinediseases of the dog and the cat[edited by] Stephen J. Ettinger, Edward C. Feldman. St. Louis (Mo.): Saunders Elsevier, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Muller, George H.; Kirk, Robert Warren; Campbell, Karen L.; Griffin, Craig E.; Miller, William Howard, Muller & Kirks small animal dermatologyWilliam H. Miller, jr., Craig E. Griffin, Karen L. Campbell. St. Louis: Elsevier, --.
  • Fossum, Theresa Welch; Lamagna, Francesco; Dewey, Curtis W.; Vesce, Giancarlo; Carlucci, Fabio, Chirurgia dei piccoli animaliTeresa Welch FossumLaura Pardi Duprey, Theodore G. Huff medical illustrators[Curtis W. Dewey et al.]. [Milano]: Edra Masson, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bernardini, Marco, Neurologia del cane e del gattoMarco Bernardini. Vermezzo: Poletto, 2010.
  • Tobias - Johnston, Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal Expert Consult. --: Elsevier - Saunders, 2017.
  • Curtis W. Dewey (Editor), Ronaldo C. da Costa (Editor), Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology, 3rd Edition. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Learning journal

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