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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7080343, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge DANIELA PASOTTO VET/05

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 2
Lecture 3.0 30 45.0 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
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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: The student should know the structure and biology of the eukaryotic cell and the the anatomy of the organs involved in the immune response.

Required foundation courses: Veterinary Anatomy I, Veterinary Anatomy II, Biochemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The course goals are to familiarize the students with basic knowledge about microbial diversity and classification, microbial biology, genetic, structure and control (bacteria and viruses) and to train them on the laboratory methods used to isolate, identify and control animal bacterial pathogens.
The course will introduce the students to the defensive mechanisms, the regulation of immune host response against pathogens, the host-microbe interaction, and the treatment and control of animal pathogens.
The course will give to the students the opportunity to know and apply serological diagnostic methods and to learn the good laboratory practice, including lab biosecurity and reliability of results and their interpretation.
Examination methods: Written test in the first session of exams; in the next session the exam will be oral. Changes in the mode of examination will be comunicated to the students.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on relation to the knowledge acquired.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Module program

• Body’s defence mechanisms
• Immunotolerance
• Antigens and immunity
• Innate non specific defence mechanisms
• Physical and chemical barriers
• Cellular and humoral immune response
• Phagocitosis
• Antigen processing and presentation
• Complement system and other humoral factors
• Acquired immunity
• B and T cell: differentiation
• Antibody-mediated immune response
• Characteristics, types, secretion, activity and cynetic of antibodies
• Cell-mediated immune response
• MHC - Major Histocompatibility Complex
• Cytokines: classification, secretion and functions
• Immune response steps and regulation
• Foetus and newborn immunity
• Local immunity
• Immunity against bacteria, viruses, fungal infections and parasites
• Active immunization. Production and use of vaccines. Passive immunization
• Pathogens spreading and pathogenesis
• Microbe-host-environment interaction
• Immunodiagnostic techniques. Diagnostic applications of serological tests for the diagnosis of animals infectious diseases

Lab sessions:
• Execution of serological methods for the diagnosis of infectious diseases: agglutination, immunofluorescence assay, ELISA, serum lysozyme determination.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: theoretical lectures: 30 hrs
practical lab activities: 10 hrs

The Course is completed with practical training during Tirocinio (4nd Year of the Course), an hands-on activity performed under the supervision of a teacher.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students have access to the Moodle platform of the University of Padua (, where they may find PowerPoint presentations of theoretical lectures, links to specific websites, and scientific documents provided by the teacher. Students are also encouraged to improve their knowledge on textbooks available in the library of the vet school.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Poli, Giorgio, Microbiologia e immunologia veterinariaGiorgio Poli ... [et al.]. Milano: Edra, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tizard, Ian R., Veterinary immunologyan introductionIan R. Tizard. Philadelphia: Saunders, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)

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