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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
MVN1031779, 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 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination VETERINARY SURGERY
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 ANNA PERAZZI VET/09
Other lecturers BRUNO COZZI VET/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses VET/01 Anatomy of Domestic Animals 3.0
Core courses VET/09 Clinical Veterinary Surgery 7.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 10 15.0 2
Lecture 8.0 80 120.0 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
10 Commissione a.a. 2019/20: dal 01/03/2020 01/03/2020 30/11/2020 PERAZZI ANNA (Presidente)
COZZI BRUNO (Supplente)
9 Commissione a.a. 2019/20: fino al 29/02/2020 01/12/2019 29/02/2020 ISOLA MAURIZIO (Presidente)
COZZI BRUNO (Membro Effettivo)
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ISOLA MAURIZIO (Presidente)
COZZI BRUNO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: All the preparatory courses for the disciplines, foreseen by the didactic regulation. The student must have passed the exam of pathology and surgical semeiotics.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will have to acquire the tools for a critical choice in the management of anesthesia and sedation in the various animal species, and include the use of various anesthesia devices, clinical and instrumental monitoring systems and various anesthetic and analgesic drugs. The student will have to learn basic basic surgical techniques; he will also have to acquire the bases for a correct methodological approach to the patient suffering from orthopedic pathologies. Particular attention is paid to clinical evaluations associated with collateral examinations able to provide the student with the possibility of expressing assessments in relation to a specific clinical problem-oriented path. Finally the student will have to acquire the ability to identify the plans of the animal body.
Examination methods: The exam includes a practical part (in the necroscopic room) and a theoretical part (oral exam).
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated based on the skills acquired in the various disciplines, demonstrating an overall view on patient management in veterinary surgery.
Course unit contents: Veterinary Anesthesiology:
- Principles of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia and general considerations.
- Preoperative patient assessments: anamnesis and medical history.
- Tranquillization, sedation and premedication. Sedative drugs other drugs used in premedication: anticholinergics and analgesics.
- Introduction to general anesthesia. Injectable anesthetics. Dissociative anesthetics. Inhalation anesthetics.
- Mechanisms and pain control. Opioids; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics, adjuvants of analgesia and other drugs and techniques useful in the treatment of pain. Pain therapy: choosing and administering the appropriate therapy; loco-regional anesthesia.
- Muscle relaxants and neuromuscular blockade. Monitoring of neuromuscular blockade and its antagonism.
- Equipment for general anesthesia: anesthesia machine and respiratory systems; airway management and ventilation.
- Monitoring of anesthesia. anesthesiology record and monitoring of the anesthesiology plan. Respiratory function: breath frequency and quality, capnography, pulse oximetry, breath gas analysis, blood gas analysis. Cardiac function: frequency, pulse, tissue perfusion, arterial pressure, central venous pressure, cardiac output. Temperature, renal perfusion and urine production; monitoring of other laboratory parameters.
- Anesthetic and analgesic techniques applied to different animal species: dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, pigs, laboratory animals, exotic and unconventional animals. Pharmacological capture of land mammals.
- Emergencies and complications in anesthesia: hypothermia and hyperthermia; hypotension and hypertension; gastroesophageal reflux; equipment malfunction. Respiratory and cardiocirculatory emergencies; cardiorespiratory resuscitation.
Operating Medicine:
- Presentation of the course and purpose
- Principles of surgical asepsis (environments, equipment and personnel)
- Preparation of the surgical patient
- Preparation of the surgical team
- Basic surgical instruments
- Suture materials, sutures and knots
- Animal care
- Injections and catheterization
- Basic surgical techniques (drainage, catheterization, bandages, etc.)
- Surgical and antibiotic infections
- Treatment of wounds and principles of hemostasis
- Dieresis, exeresis and synthesis of the main tissues and organs
- Principles of plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Biopsies and principles of oncological surgery
- Principles of endoscopy
Veterinary Orthopedics:
In relation to the knowledge acquired in the preparatory courses, the most interesting orthopedic problems of pets will be discussed with particular reference to skeletal growth disorders. A detailed analysis will be given: hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, osteochondrosis and osteochondritis dissecans, cruciate ligament rupture, panosteitis.
Topographic Anatomy:
The course will examine the regional and topographical organization of the animal body, with particular reference to the practical aspects related to the clinical professional activity.
Particular attention will be devoted to the study of the regions of the head and especially of the limbs in the species of greater confirmation in the medical-veterinary practice (carnivores and equines).
Among the treated parts a particular space will be reserved for the peripheral distribution of vessels and nerves, especially in consideration of the needs of orthopedic surgery.
The course will be supplemented by a certain number of practical exercises during which the student will be able to practice autonomously in the localization of structures described in class.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes:
Veterinary Anesthesiology: frontal teaching = 30 hours of frontal teaching
Topographic anatomy: frontal lectures 20 hours; practical activity 10 hours
Surgical Medicine and Veterinary Orthopedics: frontal teaching 40 hours
Additional notes about suggested reading: Microsoft Power Point slide presentations are available on Moodle platform (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Adalberto Merighi, Anatomia topografica veterinaria. --: Piccin Editore, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kurt A. Grimm, Leigh A. Lamont., The Fifth Edition of Lumb and Jones John Wiley & Sons Inc,. --: John Wiley & Sons Inc,, 2015.
  • K. W. Clarke, C. M. Trim, Veterinary anaesthesia 11th Edition. --: W. B. Saunders, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Seymour, T Duke-Novacocski, BSAVA manual of canine and feline anaesthesia and analgesia.. --: BSAVA, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Theresa Welch Fossum, Small Animal Surgery. --: Elsevier Masson, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos

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