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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
MVM0015728, 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 4.0
Type of assessment Mark
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Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
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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 ANTONIO MOLLO VET/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/10 Clinical Veterinary Obstetrics and Gynaecology 4.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 7
Lecture 3.0 30 45.0 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
8 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MOLLO ANTONIO (Presidente)
7 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MOLLO ANTONIO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: The previous knowledge and skills necessary for a proficient course understanding are related with anatomy and physiology
Target skills and knowledge: Students will have to acquire basic notions relative to domestic animals on reproductive cycles, pregnancy, parturition, puerperium, assistance to neonates, neonatal diseases; sperm production, semen collection and evaluation, artificial insemination; infertility, diseases of pregnancy, dystocia, C-section; control of reproduction; reproductive diseases of the male
Examination methods: The examination of students will be carried out through oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Students’ knowledge will be evaluated considering both specific definitions given during the course but also by analyzing their capacity of applying the acquired knowledge to animal reproduction problem solving.
Course unit contents: Short revision of anatomy, physiology and embryology of the female genital apparatus, and hormones of the reproduction. Reproductive cycles of domestic animals. Physiology of the Puberty and managerial implications, Ovulation, Mating, Semen Characteristics. Gametes: Transport, Fertility, Capacitation and Acrosome Reaction. Fertilization and Conception. Pregnancy: Duration, Maternal Recognition, Corpus Luteum, Movements of the embryo in uterus. Initial
phases of Development of the embryo. Fetal Membranes (allantois, amnion, chorion). Origin, Composition and Functions of the fetal liquids. Uterine Implant. Types of Placenta. Endocrinology of Pregnancy: Role of Progesterone and Estrogens, Prolactin, GH. Luteotrophics factors and effect of the Ovariectomy in pregnancy. Endocrine placental secretion. Anomalies of Pregnancy: Pseudopregnancy.Twins incidence and consequences (freemartin, etc). Hydramnios and Hydrallantois. Diagnosis of Pregnancy. Signs and Proofs, Clinical and laboratory methods, The pregnant uterus in the various months
of pregnancy, Characteristics of the fetal growth. Ultrasonographic Diagnosis in large and small animals. Radiographic Diagnosis in small animals. Death of the conceptus. Embryonic death, fetal death, premature parturition and stillbirth. Patogenesis. Diagnosis. Prognosis. Therapy. Use of drugs in pregnancy. Pregnancy Management: Surgical or pharmacological management of the unwanted pregnancy. The Normal parturition: Hygiene and monitoring. Endocrinological Mechanism of the birth, Steps of parturition. Presentation, position and attitude. Mechanism of the placental detachment. Pharmacological control of partum: Parturition Induction. Control of contractions. Dystocia:
Assistance to parturition, Obstetric Examination, Obstetric Manoeuvres, Evaluation of Fetal Vitality, Types of dystocias, Caesarean Section. Fetotomy. Complications and emergencies. Puerperium: Lochia, Resumption of Cyclical Activity. Lactation, puerperal pathologies. Neonatology: Assistance to the newborn. Physiological Behaviour and imprinting.
Signs of pathology: Birth Lesions, Persistent Urachus, Isoeritrolysis, Meconium Retention, Rupture of the Bladder, Congenital Anomalies. Orphans Nutrition. Short revision of embryology of the male genital apparatus. Descent of the testicle and cryptorchidism: aetiology, diagnosis and therapy. Testicle, anatomy, functions. Scrotum and spermatic cord, anatomy, functions, thermoregulation. Penis and prepuce, anatomy, functions. Endocrinology of male reproduction. Spermiogenesis and spermatogenesis. Morphological evaluation of spermatozoa. Cycle of the seminal epithelium and spermiation. Sexual glands and constitution of the sperm. Examination ofthe sperm. Endocrinology of the male reproduction and control of the spermatogenesis. Puberty in the male. Male sexual behaviour. Andrological examinati
on and complementary exams. Pathologic conditions of the testicle, scrotum, penis and prepuce, and sexual glands: diagnosis, therapy. Sterilization and contraception in the male.

Wet Laboratories
BOVINES: visit and discussion on reproductive aspects in a dairy farm
SMALL ANIMALS: introduction to genital surgery, gonadectomy in male and female cats and dogs.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical lessons and practical activities, both in farm and in surgical theater.
The Course is completed with practical training during Tirocinio, an hands-on activity performed under the supervision of a teacher.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The presence of students during direct teaching activities and exercises are strictly recommended in order to acquire the material presented during lectures and practicals. The lecturer will allow the students to access the material through appropriate on line instruments.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Noakes, Parkinson & England, ARTHUR’S VETERINARY REPRODUCTION AND OBSTETRICS. --: Saunders, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Senger, Pathways to pregnancy and parturition. --: Current Conceptions, --. Cerca nel catalogo