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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7080709, 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 FARM ANIMALS 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
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 MATTEO GIANESELLA 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 2
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

Prerequisites: The student shall have acquired general clinical skills and developed a multi-disciplinary approach.
Propaedeutic courses: Veterinary special anatomical pathology; Clinics in reproduction; Veterinary clinical medicine; Veterinary surgery clinic.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the course, students will be able to handle clinical and reproductive issues, (both theoretically and practically speaking), including the diagnostic testing, which is particularly relevant in farm animal medicine. In addition to being relevant for the monitoring of animal health, the skills and competencies acquired shall be linked to aspects concerning public health and animal reproduction. Gynaecological and obstetric issues will aim at optimising both reproductive efficiency and farm animal welfare. Finally, the student will acquired the most frequent surgical pathologies of farm animals, both in the adult and in the newborn.
Examination methods: Oral and practical examination at the end of the course.
Assessment criteria: The student will be assessed based on the acquired competencies and skills, and on their ability to develop a clinical-diagnostic pathway both in individual animals and at the farm level.
Course unit contents: • Clinical, diagnostic and therapeutical approach to the most common farm animal diseases: neonatal diarrhoea, syndromes affecting the respiratory system, gastro-enteritis, metabolic and nutritional diseases;
• Prescription, administration, management and registration of farm animal medications.
• Evaluation of productive anamnesis, monitoring and control of the reproductive cycle in farm animals for artificial insemination purposes;
• Collateral diagnosis and drug management of the most common reproductive system diseases;
• Management of pregnancy and of newborn farm animals;
• Farm animal anaesthesia: general anaesthesia in horses, anaesthesia in small ruminants and swine, locoregional anaesthesia techniques in farm animals, diagnostic anaesthesia;
• Surgical disorders of farm animals: navicular disease, podoflemmatitis, arthrosis and arthritis, mycosis of guttural pockets, laryngeal hemiplegi;
• Neonatal surgery: omphalitis, patent urachus, hernias, angular deviations of the limbs;
• Performance of a necropsy examination on farm animals for diagnostic and insurance-related purposes;
• Differential diagnosis of anatomopathological injuries of the most common infectious and zoonotic diseases.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching load:
• Lectures: 30h.
• Practical activities: 90h.
Teaching methods:
• Lectures
• Classroom discussion of case reports
• Practical activities to be carried out at the teaching farm, OVUD or other external companies
In order to complete the course, students are expected to take part in the practical activities (hands-on) established under the Traineeship scheme, under the supervision of a professor.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used in class will be made available through the Moodle platform
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Dirksen, Gerrit; Grunder, Hans-Dieter; Stober, Matthaeus, Medicina interna e chirurgia del bovinoGerrit Dirksen, H.D. Grunder e M. Stobera cura di Giovanni Sali...<et al.>. Milano: Le point veterinaire, 2004.
  • Radostits, Otto M.; Arundel, J. H., Veterinary medicinea textbook of the diseases of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and horsesO. M. Radostits ...<et al.>with contributions by J. HArundel ... <et al.>. London <etc.>: W.B. Saunders, 2000.
  • Andrews, A. H.; Blowey, R. W., Bovine medicinediseases and husbandry of cattleedited by A.H. al.. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Taylor, Polly M.; Clarke, K. W., Handbook of equine anaesthesiaP. M. Taylor, K. W. Clarke. Edinburgh <etc.>: Saunders Elsevier, 2007.
  • Aurelio Muttini, Clinica chirurgica del cavallo e del bovino. --: Antonio Delfino Editore, 2013.

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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