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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077598, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track WILD ANIMAL [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
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 CANNOT 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 SANDRO MAZZARIOL VET/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/03 General Pathology and Veterinary Pathological Anatomy 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
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 MAZZARIOL SANDRO (Presidente)
VERIN RANIERI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are required to have solid knowledge of Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology, General pathology and principles of Infectious and Parasitic diseases.
Required foundation courses: Applied mathematics and physics, General pathology and laboratory techniques. Admission of students to practical activities (which is mandatory for at least 75% of the laboratory hours) is conditional depending on compliance of appropriate educational background.
Target skills and knowledge: Theoretical and practical knowledge and skills enabling students to

-Recognize presence of main infectious diseases in wild animals as well as possible nutritional and management problems.

- Evaluate any possible interaction with human beings (i.e. hunting, killing, mistreatment, poisoning, etc.)

- Apply specific protocols for samples and evidences collections and preservation.

- Know all main diagnostics used during necropsies to define the cause of death

- Use collected data to manage zoological collection and wild population

Students will acquire the capability to execute a dissection and/or necropsy aimed to collect information, biological and pathological data as well as samples for ancillary exams. Elements to perform dissections aimed to preserve skeletons will be also explained.
Examination methods: The examinations will include a written and practical part.
Assessment criteria: The examination will cover both practical and theoretical learning objectives. Student is expected to gain experience sampling activity and main postmortem procedures and techniques in order to support veterinary services.
Evaluation criteria include degree of knowledge of acquired information, understanding of the role and adaptability of postmortem protocols, the knowledge of a correct sampling depending on the situation, species and suspected causes of death, to explain the correct safety procedures, use of appropriate technical language."
Course unit contents: The course lectures cover:
Safety procedures and individual protection devices. Postmortem protocols. Sampling, collection and preservation for microbiological, virological, microscopic, toxicological examinations. Principle of forensic medicine: tanatocronology, examination of the scene, chain of custody.
Principle of main pathological changes related to infectious and zoonotic diseases. Traumatic changes, firearms, cutting and penetrating wounds. Poisoning.

The course lab sessions and practical activities cover:
Necropsies of wild and zoo animals. Preparation of skeletal specimens."
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 32 hours of lectures, 16 hour of lab sessions and hands on activities focused on postmortem examinations of several species recovered from zoo animals and wildlife. Safety and zoonotic prevention will be explained during these sessions. If possible, necropsies on the field will be explained.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Detailed learning objectives, weekly program as well as peer-reviewed articles, manuals and protocols will be available on Moodle ("
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Miller & Fowler, Zoo and Wildlife Animal Medicine. --: Saunders, 2015. 8a Ed Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wobeser, Essential of Diseases in WIld Animals. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005. 1 Ed Cerca nel catalogo
  • Huffman & Wallace., Wildlife Forensics - Methods and Applications.. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. 1st Ed Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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