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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077495, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CHIARA MILANI VET/10
Other lecturers DONATELLA GELLI VET/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/10 Clinical Veterinary Obstetrics and Gynaecology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MILANI CHIARA (Presidente)
GELLI DONATELLA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MILANI CHIARA (Presidente)
GELLI DONATELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are required to have solid knowledge of general biology, anatomy and reproductive physiology of vertebrates inherent to the male and female reproductive tract.
Target skills and knowledge: To develop skills and knowledge throughout all the sequence of reproductive events in the male and female gender, with emphasis to differences among target species of vertebrates.
Student would also be trained to the newborn care and management, neonatal resuscitation, hand rearing techniques, growth evaluation, first care and aid of orphaned animals.
Student would be qualified to assist veterinarians in clinical and surgical procedures and techniques useful in the control of animal reproduction and newborn care.
Examination methods: written test
Assessment criteria: The examination will cover both practical and theoretical learning objectives. Students are expected to gain experience in order to be independent in a real condition in which have to recognize normal or pathological conditions during heat, pregnancy, beginning of parturition, lactation. The student must be able to manage and monitor a healthy-unhealthy infant, in natural or artificial conditions and assist the veterinarian in most common clinical procedures.
Evaluation criteria are the following:
1) In-depth knowledge of the subject;
2) The capability to explain conditions related to the aspects of the different reproductive phases of the species treated during the course, using an appropriate technical language
3) The ability to explain the mechanisms underlying common situations related to neonatology, with a use of appropriate technical language.
Course unit contents: Organization and function of male and female reproductive tract; regulation of the reproduction; reproductive ciclicity and types of estrus cycles; reproductive behavior and copulation; maternal recognition of pregnancy, pregnancy, parturition and lactation. All the general concepts are treated by taking into account comparative aspects related to lab, zoo and wild animal species, in particular ungulates, carnivores, rodents, birds, reptiles.
Techniques and principles of control of reproduction.
General concepts of artificial insemination and reproductive biotechnologies for genetic preservation of wild animals are included.
Evaluation of the newborn, evaluation of the physiological parameters of the newborn and their management, first aid and care of the neonate in critical conditions. Neonatal resuscitation.
Evaluation of natural and hand rearing regarding to different species. Hand rearing techniques. The most common problems in hand rearing. Methods of monitoring growth and development of the young.The course lab sessions and hands on activities will cover:
Identification of the principal signs of heat, pregnancy and parturition in different species and conditions.Methods of semen collection, analysis and preservation.
Methods and strategy of weaning.
Methods of administration of drugs in the newborn.
Setting and control of the equipment in the nursery.
Management of newborn patient
Virtual lab to understand routinary procedures in the nursery.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 40 hours of lectures (frontal lessons). Virtual interactive lab sessions (16 hours) and hands on activities (8 hours) will be performed in order to give an in-depth knowledge about general concepts applied to different species treated during the frontal lessons.
Lab sessions and practical activities are based on participative interaction, with group discussion and evaluation tests.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Senger L. Pathways to pregnancy and parturition; 2nd Revised Edition;E.S.E. HafezB. Hafez : Reproduction in farm animals; 7th edition;
material provided by the teacher in the classroom and/or in moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Senger, P. L., Pathways to pregnancy and parturitionP. L. Senger. Pullman: Current conceptions, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hafez, B., Reproduction in farm animalsedited by B. Hafez, E. S. E. Hafez. Philadelphia \etc.!: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, --. Cerca nel catalogo

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  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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